Water Pressure in Homes - Overview
Plumbing problems in the house all revolve around water. But when it comes to the water pressure in the house, every person has a different view point. What seems adequate to you might come across as a trickle to others. If you are someone who enjoys high water pressure in the shower or the kitchen sink, there are others who are happy with a moderate pressure of water. So in your house, if there is an argument about the right water pressure, one way to reach an agreement in to determine the water pressure in a measurable way.
Generally, the water pressure in every house ranges from 40 to 60 PSI but most homeowners prefer a pressure around 50 PSI. So now that you already have a measureable way, can you adjust the water pressure in your house?
Adjusting Higher Water Pressure
What is the water pressure in your home is too high? Isn’t a high water pressure a good thing? Certainly not.
A high pressure water outlet means more water consumed every day which increases your water supply bill. Water being one of the scarce resources on the planet gets wasted. This also exerts undue pressure on the plumbing fixtures in your home.
Due to these reasons it is important to adjust high water pressure in your home. This is an easy DIY task and you can simply install a valve at the main water line entering your home. This pressure controlling gauge is easily available at home stores at an affordable price which is as low as $10.
In case of a multiple story house, if you are not sure how it works, it is always a good idea to seek services of a professional plumber.
Using the pressure control water gauge, you can modify the water pressure in your home to cater to your needs. This also allows to cater to the needs of people who have different pressure preference in the same house.
Adjusting Low Water Pressure
So using a gauge, you can easily adjust the water pressure if it is too high. But what if the water pressure in your home is too low?
Unfortunately, you cannot solve this problem on your own and you will need to hire a professional plumber to deal with the situation. This is because in most cases, the primarily cause of low water pressure are leaks in your plumbing fixtures. It could also be an indication of clogged pipes or rusty water lines. A low water pressure indicates that there is a dire need of repair and maintenance of the plumbing system in the house.
This is the reason why it is always recommended that you check the water pressure in the house before you buy a new one. A low water pressure in the house indicates that the plumbing system of the house needs a major repair.
Measuring Water Pressure
Measuring water pressures are a great way to monitor the plumbing system of the house. Sudden changes in water pressure means there is a plumbing issue in the house which requires immediate attention. If left untreated, it will not only damage the plumbing fixtures in the house such as pipes and faucets but can be detrimental to other essential home appliances including the washing machine and the dishwasher. Think of the fact that a surge in the pressure can burst the water pipes. If these pipes burst on the outside it is still okay but what if there is an internal bursting in the bathroom line or any line which is in the walls and floor.
But the question here arises is how to gauge water pressure. As mentioned earlier, you can install a pressure gauge on your own. This will show you the water pressure. For example, you can install it to inlet of a dish washer or a washing machine. Turn on the supply and here you go. The reader on the device will tell you the water pressure. If you think the pressure is too high, you can reduce it.
If the pressure is adequate and it suits you, than the pressure of water in the house is fine. But if the pressure is too low? You can try to increase the water pressure through the pressure adjustment valve near the water meter. If the valve is fully open and still you are not getting enough pressure, then you need to call in a professional plumber for an inspection of your plumbing fixtures.
While most old homes do not a built in pressure adjusting facility, in most new homes, there is an a built in brass water pressure adjusters. Using these pressure adjusters, the water pressures can be increased or decreased through valves. But you first need to locate it. Generally, they are simple to use and all you have to do is to turn them clockwise or anticlockwise. But in case, the adjuster is stuck and does not move, simply call a professional plumber.
Need a Professional?
If inadequate water pressure is a pressing issue in your home in Arizona, contact Mesa Plumbing. Our trained professionals have the expertise and experience to identify all possible reasons for low water pressure in your house. We deal with all plumbing issues ranging from clogged lines to leakages in the system. Also, if your plumbing fixture or appliances have been damaged due to excessive water pressure, we can help you resolve all your issues in no time. To know more about our services or to schedule an appointment, visit our website or call now at 480-832-1660.