Ever taken a bath or tried to fill up the sink to wash dishes with low water pressure? It’s the worst. It takes forever and you know it doesn’t have to be that way. What can you do? Here are 5 tips to increase water pressure. If these don’t work, well…it might be time to call in a professional. Learn more about how a constant pressure system can help.
- Check the water meter. – Yes, you would assume it’s all the way on, but things happen. Be sure it’s operating at full strength capacity.
- Check your main shut off valve at the street. – It’s not unusual to have work done and then slowly let water back into the pipes to ensure everything is okay. Sometimes it gets left in that position. Make sure it’s full on.
- Check the pressure regulator. – Each home has a pressure regulator on its pipes to ensure water isn’t rushing into your home too quickly. If too much pressure is built up it can harm or blow our fixtures and faucets and possibly pipes. Pressure regulators make sure the 100 PSI received from the water tower is reduced to between 80PSI and 50PSI before entering your home.
- Check your faucets. – If you’re experiencing low or high water pressure, go outside and turn on the outside spigot. If that faucet is experiencing the same flow, then look to the previous 3 steps. However, if the outside pressure is fine, you might need to replace washers or fixtures at the point of the variation in pressure. If you don’t know how, call one of our professional dealers.
- Could it be your pipes? – If you have sediment or dirt in your lines or buildup from many, many years of galvanized pipes, it may be time to re-pipe your home. This is not cheap, but can make all the difference in water pressure and comfort. A certified or master plumber can give you an estimate and take care of the project for you.