Top Threats to Your Plumbing

Plumbing problems and emergencies typically happen for a reason. The ability to identify potential risks to your plumbing and take preemptive action is the very best way to avoid a plumbing emergency that causes water damage and has high associated repair costs. If you have questions or concerns about your plumbing or would simply like to better understand the current condition of your plumbing and the risks it may face, contact your Orem plumber for more information and professional assistance.

Water Pressure

The pressure with which water enters your home is not under your control. In many cases, municipal water supplies deliver water with significant pressure, which makes up for losses due to friction once the water enters a home’s individual plumbing system. While high water pressure is often desirable, water pressure that is too high can pose a long-term risk to your plumbing. High water pressure can weaken your plumbing pipes and connections, increasing the chances of a leak. Water pressure that is very high can also cause damage to appliances and fixtures that shortens their functional lifetime. If your water pressure is consistently higher than 80 psi, your plumber can install a pressure regulating device to reduce the risk to your plumbing.

Water Hardness

Water hardness refers to the amount of dissolved minerals, particularly calcium and magnesium, in your water. If your water is very hard, it contains a significant amount of dissolved minerals—over time, these minerals can build up inside pipes, drains, fixtures, and appliances, causing widespread damage to your plumbing. Buildup inside pipes causes the opening through which water can flow to become narrower, reducing water pressure; buildup can also cause pipes and fittings to corrode, which causes leaks. Mineral buildup can also clog faucets and showerheads, as well as impede the function of appliances such as washing machines and water heaters. Very hard water can be treated via a water softening system to improve water quality and prevent long-term plumbing damage.


Your home’s plumbing system is designed to withstand a certain amount of use. Thus, it is possible to overuse your plumbing by using significantly more water than your system is meant to handle. Oftentimes, episodes of overuse are small and contained, such as when family or friends visit your home. However, increasing your water usage over the long term, such as adding on to your home or growing your family, may require adjustments to your plumbing system as well, especially if your home uses a septic tank instead of a municipal sewer system. Your Orem plumber can quickly help you evaluate and predict your water usage habits to ensure your plumbing is designed to handle the amount of water you use.

Poor Maintenance

Maintaining your plumbing system is one of the best ways to ensure that every drain, pipe, and fixture continues working as you expect. A lack of regular maintenance is often the cause of plumbing issues, and problems will worsen over time if they are not addressed. Your plumber is your best resource to help you determine the type of maintenance your home’s plumbing pipes and appliances need. Creating a personalized maintenance plan and following it regularly is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the risk of a plumbing emergency.

Do you need plumbing help near Orem, UT? Our experienced team of plumbers is ready to assist you with top-quality service and product options. You can reach us for more information on our website, where you’ll also find more helpful blog articles and tips.

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