If you are experiencing problems with low water pressure in your home, this could be caused by a number of different things. In the following article we will not only identify some of the common issues involved in low water pressure, but also discuss ways that you can correct this problem and improve the level of water pressure in your house.
Analyse What Could Be Causing Low Water Pressure
Although most low water pressure problems are caused by and related to pipes that are clogged. However, if you have recently had clogged pipes replaced then you will need to dig a little deeper to find the root of the problem. Start with the most obvious things first and ensure that the shutoff valves that are nearest to your water meter are fully opened. This may sound very simple and basic, but plumbers will also charge you cost of a callout, even if the solution is just turning a valve. Once you have checked the shutoff valves, now check the water pressure. It is a good idea if your home is connected to the main water supply for your city that you phone the water department and ask them for a water pressure reading. The ideal water pressure should be something in region of 45 to 55 psi.
If you would prefer not to call the water department, you could use a pressure gauge to test the levels. These can be picked up relatively easily from most good DIY and homeware stores. Simply, connect the gauge to a water spigot inside your home and then turn the water on. You will get an instant reading on the gauge. If the pressure level is low, it may be that your city is delivering water at a low pressure level. If you feel that your city’s water department are not going to increase the water pressure level, you may have to increase the pressure with a booster pump.
A booster pump can be used to increase your home’s water pressure levels. They are relatively simple to use and are normally very easy to adjust as they have a dial on the top of them that allows you to set the pressure level. Ideally, remember, you will want your home’s water pressure to be in the region of 45 to 55 psi.
However, if your home’s water pressure reading was fine, the problem could be that there are pipes that are much smaller than they should be or there is something obstructing the water flow in the pipes. It is recommended that unless you are a qualified plumber, you should hire an expert to help evaluate and analyse your system to see what the next course of action should be. Obviously, when hiring a plumber you should shop around and as well as getting quotes before deciding to hire a particular tradesman, you should also look for reviews and testimonials of previous customers who have had experiences of their services.