How To Increase Water Pressure At Home8:00 AM
How can I increase the water pressure at home?
Weak water pressure may not be a complete plumbing disaster, but it does lead to unsatisfying showers if nothing else. It can also impact how well your dishwasher or washing machine works as well. If your home has low pressure, there are a few things you can do to improve the situation.
Technically, you can just call in professionals like the Plumbing Detectives, helpful plumbers in Mosman, but feel free to try out some of these techniques on your own first.
Where is it Low?In order to fix the problem, you will need to diagnose what's wrong to begin with. If there is only a pressure problem in one spot (like the shower), there is likely something going on with the plumbing just to that area. If the whole house is low, you will have to take a different approach.
Certain Low AreasFor situations where you are getting low pressure in just one spot, you will want to examine the fixtures first. Mineral build-up is a very likely culprit, especially with a shower head. Soak taps or shower heads in vinegar to loosen the crud, and give they a good scrubbing with a stiff brush. You can do the same thing for intake valves for washing machines or dishwashers, but it will take a little more work.
Not enough improvement? You may have to replace the pipes between the main water source at the problem spot. There may be further mineral build-up that you can't reach, or the pipe layout may be
If you really only want higher pressure for your showers, rather than worry about the plumbing, you can replace the fixture with one specifically designed to make good use of lower water pressure. A "low-flow" shower head can boost your flow for a more powerful shower.
Whole House PressureChances are that it’s not the pipes when it affects the entire house, though it is possible that the diameter of the pipes is not sufficient which can happen in older houses.
Now you'll want to focus on the water mains that supply the water to your house in the first place. Before going any further, double-check that the mains valve hasn't been knocked or otherwise partially closed. If your water system has a pressure gauge, see what it says. You should be getting pressure between 40 and 50 psi. Water coming into your home lower than that is obviously out of your control, and you should talk to your utility company. Along with the gauge, you may also have a valve you can use to regulate the household pressure. Try turning it up, even if the gauge is showing a reasonable flow rate. Don't overdo it though. Too much pressure is very harmful to your fixtures and plumbing.
If you don't have a gauge at the source, you can buy your own at the hardware store, and use it to test the pressure at the outdoor spigot (that is usually the one part of the system with the least amount of fixtures or obstacles.
When you are really in a bind to boost water pressure in the entire home, you can install an additional booster pump that will improve pressure for the whole system. You'll want to talk to a professional plumber about that.
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