One of the particular aspects of living at home which determines comfort
is water pressure. Low pressure means a less enjoyable shower and long
waiting periods to fill up your cooking pots, while high pressure can
inflict stress in your pipes and fixtures. Although both issues require
necessary adjustments, it’s imperative to measure your current pressure
to determine how many pounds per square inch (psi) of water it takes to
get the setting at the right level.
If you’re planning on buying a home and you want to check the water
pressure without using a pressure gauge, just turn on the shower and sink
faucets in a bathroom, then flush the toilet. If the water flow in the
shower drastically drops as the toilet fills, it’s necessary to
investigate the reason why prior to purchase.
You can also purchase a pressure gauge from your local hardware store and
connect it to the hose faucet. Ensure that all other faucets and other
appliances which uses water are completely shut off in order to obtain
a baseline reading. Typically, the recommended maximum for homes is at 80 psi.
One of the reasons for low water pressure is that there may be a leak in
your plumbing, allowing water to escape prior to reaching your faucet.
Another issue is sediment buildup in your pipes. These issues can be solved
with the help of a professional and qualified plumber. However, if there
is a problem related to your municipal water supply, the best solution
is to install a pressure tank and pump in your home.
In most cases, the municipal water supply is likely responsible for high
water pressure. It’s best to install a pressure regulator on the
main water line that enters your home.
If you need professional and qualified assistance,
contact our Bartlett plumber at
Smith’s Plumbing services today.