Water pressure is a beautiful thing. When you’re at home, the right water pressure is the difference between a nice, relaxing shower, and that feeling that you’ll never get all the shampoo out of your hair. So what are some ways that you can get the perfect water pressure? Here’s some suggestions.
Older Homes May Need an Upgrade
Older homes were generally made for one bathroom and one kitchen, sometimes even less, and the pipes will likely reflect the simpler when the house was built. But as home owners added appliances, extra bathrooms, and more, the demands on the plumbing system went up exponentially. If your water pressure is low, it may just be because your home’s plumbing system has too much going on. You’ll need to upgrade your water system to get that ideal 45-55 psi, and have your home running the best it can.
This is especially true if you’re planning another upgrade to your home that involves water, like a kitchen appliance or new toilet. Before, you renovate, make sure your system can handle the upgrade, or get the whole system ready first.
Newer Homes May Need a Cleaning
All pipes get clogged, but newer homes can actually get extra clogged. Brand new homes may have the latest in plumbing technology, but that doesn’t mean all the construction dust and grime didn’t get into the pipes while your dream home was getting built. Or that your new pipes happened to get clogged up for whatever reason. New homes that are suffering from water pressure issues can have a couple things wrong, one you can check and the other you’ll need a professional to handle.
First, make sure all sure the shut-off valves near the water meter are completely open. Sometimes we miss that and feel silly when we have to pay a plumber to turn a handle. Next, get a plumber in to inspect and clean your pipes. With that done, your water should be up and working again just fine.
All Homes Can Benefit from a Water Pressure Booster
The water pressure in your home, however, might not even be your home’s fault. Many cities, struggling with budget cuts, are actually delivering water to homes at a reduced rate, which you’ll feel in your home. If this is the case, there’s a handy gadget called a “water pressure booster” that can increase your water pressure quickly and easily. This little gadget can get your home’s water pressure at the sweet spot of 45-55 psi with only a little effort. Simply get the water pressure coming into your home tested first. If it’s low, say around 40 psi, then you can get a booster installed to pick up the slack.
Water pressure is an important part of our lives. Now you can figure out how to get the best water pressure possible, and how to do it properly.