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Low Water Pressure Booster can Help your Home’s Water Pressure

Low Water Pressure booster can increase the velocity of water delivered to a home. 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.low water pressure booster

Low Water Pressure Booster can increase a home’s PSI

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

pressure reducing valveIf your pressure test reads lower than 40 psi, 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

You can actually have too much of a good thing when it comes to water pressure.  Water Pressure over 80 psi can cause a waste of water and the necessary energy required to heat it. High pressure can damage water softeners, water heaters, faucets, appliances, and seals.  It’s similar to what happens when the heart pumps so hard on artery walls, they eventually give out.  If your pressure test shows more than 80 psi, be sure to set your pressure reducing valve between 50 and 60 psi.

For More Information Call Carter’s My Plumber in Greenwood.

For more information call Carter’s My Plumber to give you a free evaluation about the water pressure in your home, along with an estimate to increase or decrease pressure if necessary.  Carter’s My Plumber offers Licensed Plumbing technicians who are qualified to evaluate water pressure.  Please contact us today for more information at 317-859-9999.

Kelson Carter

Article reviewed by:

Kelson Carter, aka, The Prince of Plumbing

Kelson is a 3rd generation Plumbing Contractor. His family business is located in Greenwood, Indiana, and provides Residential Plumbing Service to the Indianapolis Metro market.

Kelson grew up watching his grandfather and father do plumbing. After graduating high school, Kelson went to Trade School and became a Licensed Master Plumber and Licensed Plumbing Contractor. He is also Certified in Backflow Prevention. He currently owns and operates Carter's My Plumber with his parents.


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