Homeowners usually have to deal with low water pressure at some point in their time in their homes, and this lack of water pressure can cause specific problems. However, sometimes it's high water pressure that is affecting the home. This is actually not a good thing; water pressure that is too high can create problems that are difficult to diagnose at first. If it seems like your plumbing has started to develop a mind of its own, you could be witnessing the effects of high water pressure.
Sloan Valve Malfunction
Toilets sometimes have what are known as Sloan valves. These are commercial flush valves sometimes used in residential settings. Unfortunately, Sloan valves are very sensitive to water pressure. They will not work properly if there is too much pressure or too little pressure. If your toilets seem to be not flushing well, try turning on a faucet in your home (either in the bathroom, an outdoor faucet, or another one) and flush the toilet. If the toilet flushes normally when the faucet is running, that's because the open faucet is relieving some of the high water pressure. Replace the Sloan valve with another type of valve, such as a regular residential one that is not as sensitive to pressure levels.
If you see leaks springing up in your plumbing even though the pipes are relatively new or had just been fixed, that's a sign of high water pressure. Because there's so much water trying to jam itself through the pipes, the connections can weaken and spring leaks prematurely. Fixing the leaks is an obvious step, but they'll just reopen unless you get the high water pressure under control. One option is to install a pressure regulating valve if you don't already have one. If you do, though, that could be the source of another problem.
Broken Pressure Regulating Valve
Newer homes have pressure regulating valves installed to help cut down on the problems caused by high water pressure. If your plumbing has been working fine until recently, and now it's spitting and your fixtures appear to be wearing down faster, the pressure regulating valve may have broken down. Try replacing the valve (or valves, if you have more than one) and see if that takes care of the problems you've been experiencing.
If you've checked all of these things and yet your plumbing still isn't working right, it's time to call the professionals. Plumbers like Garabedian Plumbing & Heating Inc can investigate and trace each problem back to where it appears to have started, eventually reaching the main cause of all the oddities you've been dealing with. Don't wait too long to call, though, because high water pressure is something you need to take care of.Share
5 October 2016
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