McDowell Mountain Ranch homes could be a ticking time bomb.
“Did you know that water pressure should be at 70 psi and the average McDowell Mountain Ranch home is at 100 psi and goes up to 120 psi at night! Think about your blood pressure…. your pipes are at risk of bursting!’
- The inside of the water pipes and valves can be damaged by erosion
- The water heater may develop leaks at the pressure relief valve, at the water pipe connections, or even at the welds of the tank.
- Water hammer (banging in the pipes when the water is running or when a valve is shut off)
- Dripping faucets and frequent repairs to them
- Loud operating noise of water-using appliances such as the dishwasher and clothes washer and excessive wear and tear on their components
- Toilets continually running
- Excessive splashing in the sink basins
- Unnecessarily high water bills
Higher pressure has come from the population increasing. In the past decade, McDowell Mountain Ranch has expanded drastically. The source of the water supply used to come from a well or a small water tower. But now, with more water demand because of the expansion of new homes and businesses, the water comes from a water storage facility high up on the mountain which causes high water pressure especially at the lowest points of the distribution center.