How high water pressure can damage your plumbing

People often see low water pressure as a major inconvenience and think little of the issues associated with high water pressure. However, high water pressure is often more problematic and can lead to expensive plumbing repairs if left unchecked.

What causes high water pressure?

In most cases, a leak is to blame, but in some cases having too much water running through your system may be the culprit. On average, Australian households consume about 340 litres of water per person daily, much of which is wasted due to leaks. A significant leak in your pipes can increase pressure and cause the blower in your home’s pump to work harder than it should, causing damage to plumbing fixtures and appliances.

So why does this cause damage? Water pressure builds up gradually over time, but the sudden spike when a leak is detected can cause pipes to bend, resulting in burst pipes or leaks. The increased flow of water is likely to cause water hammer, which can lead to cracks and leaks on your walls and ceilings. Additionally, high water pressure can also lead to expensive water bills and lots of wasted water.

How to know if you have high water pressure

The obvious way to tell is by running your hand under the tap to feel the force of the water projection. However, that’s not the only warning sign you should look out for. If you hear banging or rattling sounds coming from your pipes then there’s usually something wrong. You should also check your water meter after a known amount of water has passed through the system – ie, when you’ve used one load of clothes in the washing machine. If the reading on the meter is higher than normal then there’s a chance you have a leak.

What to do to fix the issue

The first thing you should do if you suspect this is happening to your home is to turn off all your faucets and open all your taps. This will stop the water flow and help you determine if your pressure is caused by a leak or due to increased flushing. If it’s caused by a leak, turn off the water until you determine where the leak is coming from. A ​major leak can cause damage, so it is important to repair any leaks or plumbing problems as soon as possible. There are also situations where replacing corroded pipes can significantly reduce your home’s water pressure.

At the end of the day, it’s all about preventing plumbing problems before they occur! Get in touch with our expert plumbers so we can assess and fix your plumbing issues today.