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.