If you've recently bought a home and you're frustrated with the plumbing because the water pressure is much lower than you had at your old home, it may be time to call a plumber to investigate. Low water pressure could be a sign of plumbing problems a plumber can fix. The plumber might even install a water pressure booster to help. Here are some steps they might take when fixing your problem with low water pressure.
Test The Pressure
The first step is to test the water pressure to see if it really is out of range. It's possible your old home had pressure that was too high, and that might not be a safe target for your new home. Pressure that's too high is hard on plumbing pipes and faucets. If the pressure is found to be too low, the cause of the problem has to be uncovered.
Rule Out Malfunctions
It's important to rule out plumbing malfunctions since low pressure could be a sign of impending plumbing failure. A hidden water leak can make water pressure low. A water heater that's full of sediment could also be a problem. If your plumbing has a pressure regulator valve, the valve might be broken or malfunctioning and need to be replaced.
All of these plumbing problems can be repaired, and in the case of a water leak, the problem should be repaired quickly. When the plumbing malfunction is fixed, your water pressure should be higher.
Consider A Water Pressure Booster
If the plumber discovers there is no leak or problem with the water heater and they can't find a reason for low pressure, the solution might be to install a water pressure booster. The cause of your low water pressure might be a problem with the city's water main, or there could be an issue with the way the plumbing was installed in your home.
A water pressure booster can correct these issues and increase the pressure of water coming out of your faucets and showers. A water pressure booster is an appliance the plumber can install in your basement or another area that is near the main water line coming into your house.
A water line connects the incoming water line to the booster tank, and a motor increases the pressure of the water inside the tank. Water flowing out of the booster is sent through a different pipe that hooks back into your home's plumbing. The inlet water pipe and outlet pipe from the booster have pressure meters on them so you can monitor the incoming and outgoing pressure in your plumbing.Share