Our plumbing expert weighs in on the best bathroom hardware.
Along with clogs and leaks, water pressure is a common plumbing problem plaguing home and business owners. How would you feel if someone told you your bathroom hardware could be to blame? Home service professionals can always help fix a toilet but don’t discount their abilities when it comes to improving your satisfaction too. Have high water pressure?
Here are three things to look for while purchasing a showerhead:
1. Scour Product Specifications
Every faucet and showerhead manufactured and sold in the United States has a product specifications sheet. You can find the max pressure rating for a fixture listed in this information. Healthy water pressure is between 45 and 70 pounds per square inch (PSI), so look for showerheads with a max pressure rating of 80 PSI or higher. High water pressure typically ranges from 100 to 150 PSI. Thankfully, all showerheads now have regulators to restrict water flow to 2.5 gallons per minutes (GPM), so even if your water pressure is extremely high, it shouldn't feel too intense when you take a shower.
2. Check Out Manufacturer Warranties
Tried-and-tested showerhead manufacturers build products to last. They stand behind the quality and durability of their fixtures with generous warranties. For instance, Moen hardware offers a limited lifetime warranty covering manufacturing defects, including failure when pressure limits are within the range listed on the product specifications sheets.
3. Decrease Your Water Pressure
High water pressure can be a bonus. It has advantages over low water pressure for sure! Still, the excess wear it causes can wind up taking a chunk out of your budget each year. Maybe it’s time to focus on tackling the problem at the source with a water pressure limiting valve.
Contact our plumbing department to find the perfect solution to your water pressure worries. Call Smoak’s Comfort Control at 843-556-9550.