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What's Your Water Pressure and Why Does It Matter?

Hello Customers!

Have you ever thought about the water pressure in your home? Maybe you wish your shower was just a little stronger in the morning. Or maybe your bathroom sink sprays out like a fire hose!

Shower water pressure

The water pressure in your house is very important and can affect things you may not have even thought of, like the life of your appliances. When water pressure is too strong, your appliances must work extra hard to try to regulate it and keep it from damaging them. When it is very weak, your appliances try to force as much as they can through them to operate correctly. Both situations cause unnecessary wear and tear on dishwashers, water heaters, washing machines, and other appliances that use the water in your home.

In addition, the piping in your home is significantly affected by the pressure of the water that runs through it every day. With pressure that is too strong, the piping can wear thin over time, causing cracks and leaks. If the pressure is very strong, it could even cause pipes to burst leading to flooding!

Plumbers can measure the pounds per square inch (PSI) of water pressure in your home and advise you on whether you’re at safe levels. A pressure reducing valve, or PRV, is a common household plumbing device that meters the pressure going into your home and ensures it is at safe levels for your piping and appliances. Next time DB’s is at your home, talk to us about your water pressure and we’re happy to measure your PSI and let you know where your home is at. Or, feel free to give us a call if you have concerns about your water pressure and we will come to address them!

- Rachel, Office Manager/Crafter of Newsletter