Too high of water pressure at outside spigot

Old 12-17-04, 01:36 AM
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Too high of water pressure at outside spigot

I'm hoping you guys can help me with a problem I've had at my house for some time. The water pressure inside my house is splendid. I get firm showers, and it doesn't seem to have caused any problems at all. Unfortunately the hose spigot on the front of the house has too high of pressure. It is located directly above where to water comes from the main at the street into the house. It has such pressure that it will split any hose I attach to it, and they swell up and get fat for a few minutes first. I'm concerned that if I add a regulator at some point then it will adversely affect the pressure in the rest of the house. I like my muscle relaxing showers.

Can you assist?

Old 12-17-04, 01:44 AM
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Residential water pressure really shouldn't be more than about 60 psi for the very reason why you're asking your question.
Get an inexpensive water pressure gauge at most any plumbing supply place that goes on a hose spigot and find out what your house pressure is.
Call the public water supplier and find out what the street pressure is. If it's too high, you really should look at installing a Pressure Reducing Valve.
You can set it to still have great shower pressure, but not high enough to damage anything.
It may only be blowing a water hose now, but sooner or later (most likely when you're out-of-town, if you're like me), something is going to blow apart and cause serious damage to your home.
Good luck!
Old 12-19-04, 05:56 PM
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Hi.Did you check for a pressure regulator between the hose bib and the house. Sometimes a hose bib is put on the high side to provide high pressure for washing down sidewalks ect.
Good Luck Woodbutcher

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