Water damage is a major source of homeowners’ and business property insurance claims. Often times, water damage is difficult to catch before a problem ensues. Other issues, such as elevated water pressure, can be monitored and rectified, therefore minimizing the chance of water damage.
City, county, and municipal water is provided to homeowners via the main water line which goes to your house or business. Different entities provide different levels of pressure. Higher water pressure can put stress on your pipes, hardware, and appliances, which can increase the risk of a break in your line, appliances, etc. To control this, your house has a water pressure regulator. When the regulator is operating properly, it reduces the water pressure coming into your home, bringing the pressure down to a safe level before the water reaches your plumbing fixtures. A faulty regulator can give additional strain on your pipes, hardware, and appliances which can lead to a rupture, resulting in water damage.
Water pressure can be checked with a water pressure gauge or by your plumber. The pressure should not exceed 60 PSI (pounds per square inch). If the pressure is too high, a licensed and insured plumber can install a regulator, which is a pressure-reducing valve, to adjust the water pressure to a safer level.