Did you know high water pressure can damage your plumbing system at home? Therefore, it’s a good idea to test water pressure at home a couple of times a year. This will help you identify any problem with the pressure regulator before the high water pressure can damage your plumbing system.
Homeowners only think to test water pressure when it becomes low. A sign of low water pressure is trickling faucets or showerheads. You should be testing your water pressure at home because high water pressure can harm your faucets, water heater, water softener, and more. In addition, high water pressure can also cause blowouts in flex lines or washing machine hoses.
How to Test Water Pressure At Home
Testing water pressure at home is quick and easy. All you need is a simple and inexpensive pressure gauge. You should get one with female hose threads for easy hook-up into a hose bib or washing machine bib and for the ability to measure up to 300 pounds per square inch. Here are the steps to testing water pressure at home:
First, make sure the water is turned off inside and outside of your house. This means shutting off your faucets, sprinklers, dishwashers, showerheads, washing machines, and refrigerator ice makers. Failing to shut these things off can cause a lower water pressure reading. Failing to shut these things off can cause a lower water pressure reading.
Next, hook up the pressure gauge to a hose or faucet bib on the outside of your house. Do you get your water from a municipal utility? If so, select the one closest to the water pressure. Do you get your water from a well? If so, choose a hose bib close as possible to the well’s pressure tank.
Next, tighten the pressure gauge by hand and open the faucet all the way. If water leaks, turn the faucet off and tighten the pressure gauge with pliers. You’ll need a good seal for an accurate reading, so make sure water isn’t leaking when you open the faucet.
Next, look at the pressure gauge. The ideal reading is between 45 and 55 pounds per square inch. If the water pressure is at its ideal reading, there’s nothing more you need to do.
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