Steps to Take to Test Your Home’s Water Pressure

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Water pressure is an important gauge for the health of your plumbing system. While low water pressure is a nuisance, high water pressure is tough in your household plumbing and creates leaks or blowouts that lead to flooding. While you can usually identify low water pressure without special tests, it’s a good idea to test for high water pressure before any accidents occur. If you find an issue with your water pressure, Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air can send a plumber to homes in the Montgomery or Auburn, AL, area to resolve the problem. Learn about our plumbing services at the end of this blog.

Using a Water Pressure Gauge

You can find water pressure gauges at most hardware stores. They easily screw onto a spigot or faucet. Choose a spigot that is closest to where the main water line enters your property. Turn off all running water and appliances that use water in your house for the most accurate reading. Attach the pressure gauge to the faucet and turn the water up all the way. If any leaks or dripping occur, you can use a wrench to tighten the connection between the spigot and the gauge.

Checking the Pressure

Most gauges measure water pressure in pounds per square inch (psi). In general, the ideal water pressure for a home is between 40 and 50 psi. Readings out of this range indicate an issue with your home water pressure regulation.

When to Call Plumbing Services

If your water pressure reading is over 50 psi, you should call professionals to diagnose your plumbing system. If the pressure is above 60 psi, the situation may be urgent. At Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air, we are qualified to diagnose and address water pressure issues and can assess any existing damage from high water pressure. You can also contact us for plumbing service if you have trouble testing your water pressure or if you obtain a reading that doesn’t make sense to you.

Homeowners in Montgomery and Auburn can benefit from the simple process of testing water pressure a few times a year. If the reading indicates a problem, give us a call at Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air for a quick assessment and repair. You can also ask about our latest specials on plumbing services.