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My apologies if this is a duplicate thread. I searched for a few minutes and didn't find anything relevant or similar. I thought it might be a good idea to have a place where the more "vocationally inclined" members can offer their expertise to some of the forum's less handy members (like myself).

So I recently had a plumber over to perform a number tasks that had been piling up. At one point he "tested" the incoming water pressure. That is to say he tested how much water pressure the city utility was using to input the water to my house. He told me that the water pressure was too high and that this was causing undue stress on the house's plumbing system. He said that over time this could cause a gradual breakdown of the plumbing system. His solution was to install a "pressure regulation system" that would cost me several hundred dollars now, but save me from the gradual breakdown in the future.

Is this for real, or is this guy trying to scare me into spending money on something I don't need?
post #2 of 6
Sounds wildly unnecessary, but I could be mistaken. Out of curiosity, how old is your house? If you have a really old house that might come into play, but even then I'm skeptical. Do your pipes rattle?
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Sounds wildly unnecessary, but I could be mistaken. Out of curiosity, how old is your house? If you have a really old house that might come into play, but even then I'm skeptical. Do your pipes rattle?

Pipes don't rattle. House is 60 years old, but in good shape for the most part.

I asked my uncle who owns a few rental properties (thus having a lot more experience with home ownership than I) and he said it might be a legit issue.
post #4 of 6
Learn to do stuff yourself as much as you can....Last year I called a plumber to fix a toilet that was having problems, it's been defective since I bought the place even though the home was just 3 years old. Anyway, he charged me 130 dollars just to turn an auger for 20 minutes....Two weeks later the same problem resurfaced....Long story short, I bought a brand new toilet and install in myself for 100 bucks, works flawlessly. Half the stuff these guys do aren't rocket science, that is if you don't mind getting your hands dirty. In less than two years in this place I have installed a mosaic tile back-splash in the kitchen, new toilet in a bathroom, install new kitchen sink faucet as well as painted 75% of the walls etc etc and I am no expert, just someone that prefers to do stuff myself rather than hiring a stranger to come inside my home and over-charge for inferior work.....
post #5 of 6
I can offer some sound advise, but not now because I'm on my phone. Quick story though. I was working at an old house and they wanted a big shower (two heads etc) so the plumber checked the pressure to see if they needed a booster pump. They had boat loads of pressure, pushing 75-80 psi I think. They plumber suggested they get a second drain because they had such good pressure. If you have copper pipes they aren't gonna be affected by higher than normal pressure, if you have any of the newer IPEX clear or blue lines check them out for a PSI rating printed on them. I think they are rated for over 125.

Also someone mentioned banging pipes, that's just from a careless person or plumber not securing them to the studs properly, unless they are rubbing metal somewhere (highly doubtful) you'll be fine and just have to live with it unless you want to rip apart your wall behind the vanity or cabinets.
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Nevermind-edit...
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