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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The recent sinkhole on Park Road sparked many to think about the water pressure in their own home, and just by using a small water pressure detection device, you could tell if your home is in danger.

It cost Diane Beggs $2,000 to fix a busted pipe in her front yard, but she says when plumber Gary Shook told her the cause it was an even bigger shock.

Our yard guy came by and said you have a puddle in the middle of your front yard, Beggs said. He was surprised our toilets weren t in orbit having blown off the seals because of the pressure coming into the house.

Her pressure was nearly 150 pounds per square inch. To put in perspective, the city's code says 79 PSI s is the maximum a house should get, but many neighborhoods in the south Charlotte area are above that level.

Ten years ago the city installed a new larger water main on Park Road in the area where now a major sinkhole has caused a traffic nightmare.

That increased the volume so they could get more water out towards the Ballantyne way and into the extremities of Charlotte, said plumber Gary Shook.

NewsChannel 36 received a copy of the 2002 letter from the city, which states the new water main wouldn't increase water pressure to south Charlotte so homeowners wouldn't have to buy a pressure reducing valve if they didn t need one before. But Beggs says this has never happened in the past.

All these houses in this area, they've got older pipes and they're all subject to the exact same thing happening, added Beggs.

That is why Shook installed a pressure reducing valve in Beggs home, which keeps her level below 79 PSI s.

It's dangerous for your house not to have one, said Shook.

Aside from the cost of her front yard, Beggs says she's just happy they caught it now and wants to get the word out to other homeowners at risk.

We were lucky it broke outside and we didn't have problems, but for it to flood your house and you're out of town, you could have hundreds of thousands worth of damage, said Beggs.

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