How a Water Pressure Booster can Help your Home’s Water Pressure
Low water pressure is generally caused by clogged pipes. However, if they have already been replaced or it’s a newer home with new pipes, try obvious measures first. Make sure the shutoff valves by the water meter are completely open. Sounds basic, but you would be surprised by the amount of pressure received by simply turning a valve handle! If your home is on city water, inquire with your local water department for a water pressure reading or call your local Plumber. A pressure reading of 45 to 55 psi is ideal.
Water pressure is tested with a pressure gauge and hooked up to an outside water spigot, and when turned on will give an instant reading. If the reading is low, the city is delivering water at a low pressure (less than 40 psi). If the city won’t boost the pressure, consider installing a water pressure booster system in your home. Keep in mind, any setting over 80 psi will wear out the washers on your plumbing fixtures. Some municipalities require a reduced pressure valve and backflow preventer to be installed when a water pressure booster is hooked up to a system so be sure to double check. You may want to inquire with a professional Plumber when installing your own device, and be sure to pull a permit.
When do you call a Licensed Plumber?
If the pressure reading is adequate, you may have obstructions or some pipes that are too small. Call in a licensed plumber to evaluate your system.
Inspect your Pressure Reducing Valve
If your pressure test reads lower than 40 psi, it you may already have a pressure-reducing valve (PRV) installed on your water main and it needs to be adjusted correctly. Most PRV’s come set from the factory at 50 psi, but they adjust up or down by turning a screw on top. PRVs can also become defective after 10 to 20 years of use and cause too little (or too much) pressure.
Your Well Pump may cause Low Pressure
If after testing the obvious items above, and there is still low water pressure, call the local water department and inquire about a problem with the pressure coming from the street to your home. Do you get your water from a private well? There’s a high change your well pump is the cause of low water pressure.
Too much Water Pressure can be Harmful to your Plumbing
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