Good water pressure can be a thing of beauty, especially on those mornings where you can’t quite wake up – a shower with great water pressure is the perfect remedy. But sometimes, water pressure can just leave us a little disappointed. Not to worry. We’ve created a checklist to help you make that dream water pressure a reality.
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
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. Double-check and make sure it’s turned all the way on.
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 2 steps. However, if the outside pressure is fine, you might need to replace washers or fixtures at the point of the variation in pressure.
Check Your Pipes
If you have sediment or dirt in your lines or buildup from many years of galvanized pipes, it may be time to repipe your home. This is not cheap, but can make all the difference in water pressure and comfort.
Check Your Regulator
Many homes that rely on public water have a regulator, located either at the meter or where the service line enters the home. A regulator ensures water doesn’t rush through the pipes. When the regulator goes bad, the pressure gradually drops, causing a loss in velocity that affects some or all of the fixtures in your home.
Opt For A Boost
It may turn out that the problem isn’t you, or your home -- it’s actually the neighborhood! That’s no surprise, as gravity and distance are two main factors that negatively impact water pressure. If your household water supply is forced to travel uphill or over a great distance from the municipal water source, its pressure may be hindered. To increase the flow rate of the water when it reaches your home, consider installing a water pressure booster pump.
Have any other questions about water pressure? No problem. Just call your Lexington Dauenhauer, any hour.