When you open up your faucet, do you know how much water to expect out of it? Most likely, you have a general idea. You might think that your pressure is too low if you don’t get enough water when you turn it on, but you might not complain if the pressure is very high. Do you know though, that there is a pressure sweet spot that you should try to achieve?

While most everyone will notice if their pressure is low, the fact is that a water pressure that is too high is much more of a problem. For a residential building, the pressure should be around 50 psi (pounds per square inch) and no more than 5 psi higher or lower. If your pressure is too high, you could be damaging the pipes of your home, possibly leading to catastrophic consequences. It could also do damage to your appliances, such as your ice maker, dishwasher and washer.

To prevent this from happening, you should check that you have a pressure regulator installed that is set for the right level, and that it is functioning properly.