The Hazards of High Water Pressure

Many people believe that having high water pressure is a good thing. While you don’t want the water to trickle out of your faucet or shower, a home with too much water pressure can lead to expensive damage.  In fact, excessive water pressure is often the cause of such problems is plumbing leaks, pipe damage, and costly wasted water.   Here is how you can identify abnormally high water pressure, the hazards of elevated pressure in your home, and what you can do about it.

Identifying High Water Pressure

High water pressure can usually be identified through observation.  Water may suddenly start coming out of your faucets at a rate that is much faster than you are accustomed to.  Another sign is called “water hammer.”  This is a banging noise in your pipes caused by a pressure surge that occurs when fast moving water is brought to an abrupt halt when shutting down.   Other signs of potential water pressure problems are leaking faucets, running toilets, and a shorter life of appliances such as water heaters, dishwashers, or washing machines.

If you don’t notice any of these items happening in your home, you can purchase a water pressure test gauge from a home improvement store. This gauge is used to verify the water pressure in your home.  They are easily attached to an outside faucet or a water heater’s drain connection.  If your reading is 60 PSI or less, leave the gauge in place for a few days and then recheck.  If the pressure reads higher than 80 PSI, your pressure is too high.  If you need help diagnosing pressure issues, be sure to enlist the Pittsburgh plumbing services experts to lend a hand.

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The Hazards of Elevated Water Pressure

The most common problem that results in high water pressure is the deterioration and failure of a home’s plumbing system.  High water pressure can lead to small pinhole leaks in pipes that are created to relieve pressure. Even a small leak can cause major damage to a home over time.  If you suspect these issues, enlist the services of an experienced plumber as soon as possible.

Fixing High Water Pressure Issues

Even if your water pressure becomes elevated only occasionally due to the actions of your water company, you’ll want to address this for the sake of your home’s systems, as well as your water bill. The best way to prevent high pressure water issues find a plumber who can install a water pressure regulator on your main water line so that the overall pressure coming into your home remains at a steady flow.

As a homeowner, knowing that your home’s systems are safe from damage is important.  Our Pittsburgh plumbers can help determine if you have high water pressure problems and work to resolve those issues quickly. Let our experienced plumbers at Mister Sewer save you from potential damage by call us today!

Want to Call Your Residential Plumber? Here Are Reasons Why You Should

While there are some DIY pluming repairs and maintenance that you can learn to do yourself, there are several plumbing concerns that require the expertise of a certified residential plumber. Even though the following plumbing issues are fairly common, they may be a sign of a larger plumbing issue that needs to be addressed by a professional. Next time the plumbing problems below occur, leave the repair to a professional.

Reoccurring Slow Drain

We all have occasional slow drains in the sink or bathtub, which are often fixed with a plunger, non-electric drain snake, or an over-the-counter drain de-clogger. While those are all acceptable ways of handling a slow drain, if your slow drain is a reoccurring problem, there may be a larger issue elsewhere in your line. If you have not yet added a drain catch, try doing so the next time you unclog the drain. If you need to address a slow drain more than once or twice a year, it is time to call a residential plumber.

Cracked and Leaking Pipes

Cracked and leaking pipes should only be replaced by a professional plumber. As simple as it might seem, there is a lot that can go wrong when replacing a portion of your plumbing lines. Not only do you have to get the right size, shape, and material, but you must ensure that you have the proper fittings. When changing the leaky pipe, your plumber will also inspect for the cause of the leak. The most common causes are frozen or burst pipes.

Low Water Pressure

Whether the change in pressure is gradual or rapid, it is likely a sign that there is a problematic area somewhere in your plumbing lines. Even if you do not mind the lower pressure, you will want to address the issue before it escalates into a larger repair. This includes low water pressure throughout your home, as well as low pressure found in one or two of your sinks or tubs.

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Reoccurring Clogged Toilets, Or A Toilet That Requires Multiple Flushes

Every homeowner keeps a toilet plunger nearby for the occasional clogged toilet. That being said, if your toilet requires weekly or daily plunging, then there may be a larger issue in your sewer lines. Even if you do not need to plunge your toilet, but find yourself flushing your toilet multiples times after each use, you may have a larger issue with water pressure, or in your sewer lines.

Boiler or Hot Water Heater

Whether it’s ongoing maintenance, a leak, or any other type of repair, all boiler concerns should be left in the hands of an experienced plumber. Boilers are extremely complex and require special tools and equipment in order to repair. Not to mention they can be quite dangerous. From the hot water, to electrical wiring, to gas lines, boilers present multiple safety hazards and should only be repaired by a professional.

Installing A New Sink Or Toilet

If you have decided to upgrade or replace your sink or toilet, then it is time to call a professional. If these items are not installed properly, leaking can occur—often in areas that are not immediately visible. Using a professional plumber will ensure that the proper fittings are used, and will inspect your connecting lines during the install. You may even want to call a plumber when switching out faucets or showerheads, especially if you are replacing with a much different style. You should also use a professional plumber when replacing your dishwasher or washing machine.

Aside from the repairs above, keep an eye out for any signs of change. For example, if your water bill spikes drastically, it may be a sign that you have a leak that has gone undetected. Discoloration on walls, as well as dripping or warping walls may also be a sign of a hidden leak. And don’t forget to schedule periodic plumbing inspections, even if nothing seems to be of concern.

If you are trying to decide whether or not to call a professional plumber, then contact the friendly and experienced staff at Mister Sewer.  The professionals at Mister Sewer can help you to solve all your plumbing needs! Call today at 412-835-2135.

How to Get Your Plumbing Ready for Summer

Hot weather brings about many fun activities. Days are filled with sports, vacations, cookouts, and parties. Rather than dealing with plumbing repairs throughout the summer months, why not get things in order ahead of time? Here are some ways to get your plumbing ready for summer.

Check Your Sprinkler System and Outdoor Spigots

When it’s time to water your plants, trees, and lawn, you’ll want to check your sprinkler system and outdoor spigots for leaks. Make sure spigots don’t leak at the spout once they’re turned off.  Also, while the spigot is turned on, check the pipes that come out of the house to look for drips or small sprays that indicate cracks or improper seals. 

The first time you run your sprinkler system, check all sprinkler heads to make sure water isn’t pooling up around the head. Also, set the radius of the sprinkler heads to water the necessary area only, so as to not waste water on streets and driveways.

Check Sewer Lines and Septic Systems

Because sewer lines can develop cracks that allow rain water to seep in and cause backups, it’s important to have your sewer lines inspected by a professional before summer starts. Tree roots can also cause havoc by growing through the joints in pipes and cause blockages. These can be cut out with powerful blades and some companies are able to provide root destroyer on order to prevent further growth into the pipes.

If you have a septic system, keep in mind that guests and parties mean more water use in a short period of time. Make sure to schedule an inspection, as well as yearly maintenance, to be done before summer. It is wise to plan ahead for parties by doing laundry and other high water usage tasks in the days prior to the arrival of guests. Also, put up a sign in the bathrooms reminding guests of what not to flush down the toilet. These measures will prevent an overload on the system and keep everything running smoothly.   

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Check Indoor Plumbing

In the summer people usually have more laundry due to outdoor activities. As you approach summer, inspect washing machine hoses for cracks, bulges, and leaks. Make sure your washing machine is at least 4 inches from the wall to prevent kinks in the hoses.

Take a walk through your house and check under all sinks to make sure there aren’t any leaks as you run water. Check your garbage disposal to make sure it is flushing properly. You can remove the connections under your kitchen sink that connect to your faucet and garbage disposal and make sure the lines are cleaned out. Just be sure to have buckets underneath to catch water that may be sitting in the pipes, and wear gloves as you clean. Reattach all connections and check again for leaks before calling it good.

Remember that garbage disposals are not equipped to handle fibrous foods such as corn cobs, celery, potato skins, carrot peels, and onion skins. Other items to avoid putting down the disposal include grease, fats, and oils, eggshells, and starches like pasta, rice, potatoes, and beans. Always run cold water down your disposal for 15 seconds before and after running it, and continuously run water while it is grinding.

Inspect Your Water Heater

It’s a good idea to have your water heater inspected once a year to make sure it is working properly. With guest taking showers, as well as extra showers after sports and outdoor activities, you’ll want your water heater to be in tip top shape. Did you know you should drain your water heater at least once a year to remove any sediment built up? You can also save money by insulating your water heater. Always check pipes and hoses for leaks, bulging, and improper seals.

Following these tips to get your plumbing ready for the heat of summer will ensure a less stressful season.  Get your plumbing in tip top shape with the professionals at Mister Sewer!