How Does Water Pressure Affect My Plumbing?

How Does Water Pressure Affect My Plumbing

Everyone has experienced the woes of low water pressure at some time in their lives, whether you tried in vain to rinse conditioner out of your hair during a shower that seems like it’s barely dripping, or you felt like you were waiting hours for the washing machine to fill up. This kind of low water pressure can drive you crazy, but it is also important not to turn the water pressure up too high to compensate. When your home is on a septic system, water pressure can affect the plumbing and potentially wreak havoc on your septic system. Hopefully, you can avoid the need for septic tank repair by learning a bit more about how water pressure works with your septic system.

Low Water Pressure and Your Septic System

The plumbing in your home is what takes all the wastewater from the toilets, sinks, tubs, and appliances and dumps that into the septic tank for processing. The septic system relies on a certain amount of pressure in order to successfully move that water through the pipes and into the septic tank. If the water pressure is too low, you run the risk of having wastewater and rust building up inside the pipes, which can lead to clogs and blockages.

Causes of Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure can be caused by a number of factors. Depending on the time of year, the pipes can freeze and prevent water flow. Damaged pipes can also cause leaks that may slow or lower water pressure. Septic systems typically involve a jet pump or sump pump that are involved in regulating and producing water pressure for the system. Issues or damage to either type of pump can also result in low water pressure.

Negative Effects of Low Water Pressure

When your home is on a septic system, low water can cause some negative effects on the proper functioning and removal of wastewater from the home. Buildup in the pipes can result in clogs where some waste wasn’t effectively moved through the plumbing. Clogged pipes can affect wastewater’s ability to move into the septic tank and can cause backups into the home. Septic tank repair and maintenance issues commonly involve a clog somewhere in the line that is causing problems with the septic system.

High Water Pressure and Your Septic System

High water pressure sometimes announces itself through whistling or even banging sounds in your pipes. While you might enjoy a nice shower with some seriously great water pressure, there are downsides to too high of water pressure in the home. In fact, high water pressure can cause frustrating and even expensive damage if it isn’t addressed properly. Water pressure that is too high can even lead to dripping faucets, showers, and toilets, and that type of water loss can add up on your water bill over time.

Causes of High Water Pressure

Sometimes high water pressure is caused by how the water is pumped into your home, especially if you live in an area with a lot of hills where more pressure is needed to supply the water to your home effectively. Depending on the type of water service for your home, you may lead to periodically high water pressure. If the water pressure is consistently too high in your home, there may also be other reasons as well, including the water pressure regulator or pump.

Negative Effects of High Water Pressure

When water pressure is too high it can affect your appliances and plumbing and may be the reason why septic systems fail. This can all end up being pretty expensive problems to fix. When you live on a property with a septic system, high water pressure can affect the septic tank’s ability to properly treat and move wastewater through to the drain field. High pressured water running through the plumbing can also strain the pipes and end up causing leaks or even burst pipes. The septic system can become overloaded when too much water passes through the system at once, which can even lead to flooding or backups.

When you schedule regular maintenance and septic tank pumping with Septic Masters, LLC, our team of licensed professionals will inspect and assess the functioning of your whole septic system. We will observe how water usage and water pressure may be impacting your septic system and provide any septic system repairs as needed. To get started with emergency or regularly scheduled septic tank pumping and septic tank repairs, call or visit us online today.


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