Over time, pipes age and become weak, which results in leaks. Although this is a natural and expected process, there are things you can do to reduce the pressure on your plumbing system so that it lasts longer without any plumbing issues.
2 Ways to Relieve the Pressure from Your Plumbing
Soften Your Water
If you live in an area with hard water, that is filled with minerals, the magnesium and calcium in the water can build up within the pipes. This sediment restricts water flow and can corrode pipe joints and fittings. If you have hard water, you will find white stains or build up on your faucets, shower head, or in your bath.
To soften your hard water supply, invest in a water softener. There are many sizes and models available depending on the amount of minerals in the water and the size of the house.
Lower the Water Pressure
Although having high water pressure in a home is great, it does place a lot of stress on your piping, joints, faucets, and valves.
Call your local plumber or purchase a hose bib gauge to measure your water pressure. It should register between 40 and 85 psi. Anything higher should be lowered via a pressure regulator.
These two tactics can help prevent future leaks and plumbing costs that could cause serious hassle and expense in the long-term. If you want to take more proactive steps to ensure the longevity of your plumbing, speak to Inspector Jet about drain maintenance inspections.