The average family spends over $1,000 annually on water. You would hope that spending that kind of money would ensure a good experience, but it doesn’t. How often have you heard friends or family complain about poor water pressure? Probably more than you can remember. If you’re one of the many people tired of dealing with poor water pressure, this article will give you some critical tips for improving your water pressure.
What is Your Water Pressure?
In order to know if your water pressure is underperforming, you first need to measure it. You can start by asking a friend or family to compare it to theirs. Ask the neighbors about their water pressure. This is a good starting point, but you need actual numbers to really know.
You can buy a test gauge online for $10. Turn all your faucets off, and switch off any devices that use water, such as your washing machine or dishwasher. Fit the water gauge on to a hose faucet with a hose connection, and you’re ready to measure your water pressure.
A pressure of around 60 psi is good. If you’re at 50 psi or lower, you have low water pressure. If the water is around 80 psi or greater, your water pressure is too high, which can also be a problem.
Unclog Your Pipes
If your water system is old, it’s common for the pipes to get clogs. There are minerals in the water that are deposited on the inside of the pipes. The minerals are not harmful, but they can damage your water system. The clogging will narrow the diameter of your pipes and restrict water flow. If this is the case, you may need to hire a professional plumber to flush the system or replace old pipes.
Adjust Your Valves
The flow rate of water into your water system is controlled by a valve. The valve is typically near your water meter. It’s used to turn the water on and off. If the valve is not fully turned on, it can reduce the flow of water into the system. This will reduce the water pressure and water flow. If your valve is not fully opened, this could be a quick and cost-free solution to increasing your water pressure issues.
You may notice that if you run the water from one faucet that your water pressure drops in another. If water is leaving your water system because of a leak, it will reduce the pressure in the rest of the system. Leaks are a result of pipes that get damaged or cracked. A damaged pipe behind a wall or under your house can be very difficult for you to find. One way to see if you have a leak is to turn off all your appliances that use water and check your water meter. Check it again after several hours have passed. If the number has changed, you likely have a water leak.
Need Help Improving Your Water Pressure?
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