How to Correct Low Water Pressure Problems

Have you ever gotten into the shower and found that the water is barely trickling out of your showerhead? It can be very frustrating. Sometimes low water pressure can be due to a clogged showerhead; however, at other times, it can be due to low water pressure inside your home or low water pressure due to municipal issues that are beyond your control. Before calling a local contractor, read the following tips on pressure tanks and pumps.

Low water pressure can be quite frustrating, even though it is not a pressing problem. Extremely high water pressure, on the other hand, can stress your plumbing system and damage your plumbing fixtures. Low water pressure can make a shower unsatisfying, you may hear whistling sounds coming from your pipes when you turn on the tap and your appliances, such as a dishwasher or washing machine may not function properly.

low water pressureLuckily, there is a simple test kit that can help you determine if your water pressure is too low. If your pressure is less than 30 PSI, then you need to take action to correct the problem. In order to properly correct your low water pressure, you must identify the exact cause of your low water pressure. For example, if you have a leak or there is buildup in your plumbing pipes, it is time to call a plumber to correct the problem. If, on the other hand, your low water pressure is cause by something outside of your home, such as low municipal water pressure or low pressure from your well, you will need to handle the problem differently.

How Tanks and Pumps Can Increase Your Water Pressure

Because of the difficulty associated with installing a pressure tank and a pump into your plumbing, it should be left to a professional unless you have a lot of do it yourself plumbing experience. Pressure tanks are often used in homes with wells; however, they can also be installed in homes connected to municipal water lines. A pressure tank, installed after your home’s main shutoff valve, will help maintain a steady high water pressure in your home.

If you need to boost your water pressure even furthers, you will need to install a pump in addition to your tank. The pump works by increasing the PSI of your water before it enters the pressure tank. The pump has a one-way valve that prevents the water from losing its pressure. Finally, most water pressure pumps allow you to change the PSI settings so that the water pressure is perfect.

Help for Your Water Pressure Is Only a Phone Call Away

If you are experiencing low water pressure in your home, contact a plumber. The plumber will determine why your water pressure is low and offer suggestions on how to increase your water pressure. If you are tired of unsatisfying showers, call today to schedule an appointment with a professional plumber.