How to Raise the Water Pressure in Your Home
Are you dealing with a disappointing drip from your shower head when you’re all lathered up? Do you wait forever for your sink to fill, because the water is trickling out of the faucet? While low water pressure may not seem like a big deal, it can be inconvenient. It can also be the sign of greater damage within your pipes, so it is a good idea to investigate.
Replace the Regulator
When it comes to your water pressure, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. That’s why your pipes are fitted with a regulator that is meant to keep water pressure from bursting pipes and overloading fixtures.
If your water pressure is weak, though, it is possible that the regulator is broken, or that it isn’t adjusted to the right setting. Typically, the regulator reduces the water pressure to within 50 to 80 PSI, which is much safer for your pipes and faucets to handle.
Your low water pressure may not be the result of faulty equipment. It could be as simple as a clog in the pipe acting as a barrier to water trying to flow through. It can be because you’ve been depositing something that you shouldn’t down the pipes, but years of mineral or sediment build up can cause clogs as well.
If the clog is deep within the pipes, you’ll need professional help to remove the clog or to replace the pipe (whichever is needed).
Check your Faucets
It’s not just your pipes that can suffer from years of mineral deposits. A build up in your faucets can be blocking water flow too. You may be able to simply fix by soaking them in a vinegar solution. You’ll need to take the faucet apart to inspect for buildup.
You should also check your faucets for leaks (and your pipes too for that matter). A leaky faucet is easy to fix, but it could well be causing water to dribble out before it reaches the faucet.
Install a Water Pressure Booster
Your water pressure may be the result of where your home is. Gravity and distance from the main water supply are both factors that are going to negatively impact the water’s ability to travel with force, even if all the other elements are working. If you are located far away from the water source, or if the water has to travel up hills, it might be worthwhile to install a water pressure booster. A water pressure booster pump will give your water that extra push for quality water pressure.
No question, a weak shower is not what you need at the end of a long day. We can help fix that for you. Call Apple Valley Plumbing, Apple Valley, MN at (612)-387-1207 for help with weak water pressure, or whatever your plumbing problem might be.