How Do I Increase Low Water Pressure in My House?
One of the most frustrating plumbing problems to have is low water pressure. You turn on the water, jump in the shower, and—blah. The water drizzles out of the showerhead so slowly that you can barely get your hair wet. Maybe it’s not just the shower—does your whole house have low water pressure?
What Is Good Water Pressure?
When we’re referring to water pressure, we’re evaluating how quickly water in your home travels through your pipes and out of your faucets or showerheads. As we described in our high water pressure blog post, the water pressure range for a typical residential house should be between 45 and 80 psi (pounds per square inch). If you’re not sure if your water pressure is low (or if you just want super high water pressure), you can test your water pressure using a water pressure gauge.
Reasons for Low Water Pressure
Our experts say that there are a few of reasons water pressure can be low, including:
- Leaks in a water line
- Issues with the municipal water system
- Leaky pipes
Before you can know the cause of your low water pressure, you first must do a proper reading with a pressure gauge.
Checking Your Water Pressure
If you’ve noticed low or weak water pressure throughout your pipes, then you’re going to want to check the psi. How do you check your water pressure’s psi?
- Choose a faucet close to the supply line or pressure tank.
- Make sure there’s no water running anywhere inside or outside of your house (this means washing machines, sprinklers, dishwashers, etc.), and then use a pressure gauge.
- Place the pressure gauge directly onto the faucet (not onto a hose), and tighten the gauge with your hand to seal it. If it’s leaky, consider using a wrench.
- Turn the faucet all the way on and read the psi measurement.
If it measures below 45 psi, you might want to consider having your pressure regulator repaired or replaced. Low measurements are also an indicator that you might need a schedule an appointment with an expert plumber in the Montgomery County area.
Other Reasons for Low Water Pressure
If your reading seems normal, this could mean you have a leaking pipe inside of your house. This especially could be the case if only certain areas of your home have low water pressure. We suggest calling an expert to detect any water leaks. You can try to detect water leaks yourself, too! In the case of a water leak, you’ll probably have to hire a plumber for pipe repair or re-piping.
Want to Fix Your Low Water Pressure?
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Low water pressure in your home is difficult to ignore. Our professional Gaithersburg plumbers will be able to help you determine what steps to take once they diagnose the cause behind your low water pressure.
If you have low water pressure, contact the plumbers at Stang Plumbing & Heating today!