How To Increase Water Pressure At Home

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How To Increase Water Pressure At Home

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 Areas

For 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 Pressure

Chances 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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  1. I'll have to send this post to my hubby, Lux. We definitely have issues in this area. Thanks so much for the info!

  2. I am sure this will help a lot of people. Great post!

  3. Hi, Luxie!

    These are great water pressure tips. Your post reminded me that it is time for me to soak our shower head with vinegar. In another bathroom, we noticed a big difference when we installed a "low-flow" shower head.

    Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend Lux!

  4. Tell me about not only water pressure but faulty pipes and licks. Have had my share of all of it, I am still valuing this tips you have clearly stated.

  5. Wow, this post is extremely useful especially now that I'm living by myself. Great blog - I'm now following you! xx


  6. This is very useful. We had to get a handy man to check the water pump in the kitchen 😎
    Thanks for your tips gal!
    You are dynamic, Lux.

  7. Oops i forgot 😉
    Happy Easter gal

  8. Thanks a lot for sharing your tips on water :)))


  9. Wow! This is super information!!! <3 I'm gonna share it with my husband to see if it can fix some of our water pressure issues.

  10. Interesting post my dear, thank you for sharing :-)

  11. So helpful! We have it low where I live and I thought we just had to live with it. Lately I'm finding that's not the case!

  12. This is really informative stuff. Thanks Lux. Wishing you a wonderful Easter weekend.

  13. Water pressure is still ok. Looking for leaks in the piping system is the headache.

  14. Great post ,it's super annoying when water is comingoutin low pressure so thanks for the tip

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  17. Thanks for the interesting post) Great inspiration !

  18. Very useful sweetie. I think this post help a lot of people Lux
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  19. This was super interesting - I didn't realise there could be relatively simple reasons! #FridayFrivolity