First things first, don’t DIY if you feel you need the services of a professional to increase your water pressure. That is our golden advice at Pump House.
While increasing pipe sizes, removing blockages and opening stopcocks can help you temporarily deal with the low pressure, keep in mind that your water supplier by law only needs to provide you with a minimum bar of incoming mains pressure and often, the only thing you can increase is your water flow rate.
This article will show you how to increase your water pressure without a pump if you are experiencing low water pressure.
Possible Causes of Low Water Pressure
Before you find the solution to the low water pressure, it is essential to eliminate possible causes. Here are some reasons Why you may be experiencing low water pressure.
- Your pipes are clogged.
Clogged pipes cause blockages that disrupt normal water flow via the pipes. Again, gradual sedimentation, debris, and hard mineral buildup are all examples of what can cause clogged pipes. Regularly inspect your pipes to clear out blockages or debris that may result in a jam.
- Malfunctioned Valves
If your valves are out of order, it may result in low water pressure. Always check to see if old valves need replacement or maintenance.
If there is a leakage in your plumbing system, it will cause low water pressure. To rectify this, check and repair cracks in your pipes.
- Defective Water Pressure Regulator
Water pressure regulators help to control and stabilize water pressure. It keeps the pressure within the required range. If your water pressure regulator has issues, then expect water pressure problems.
- Faulty Fixtures
Faucets, bathtubs, or showerheads can become clogged, causing low water pressure. To fix this, clean the aerator or screen to correct the problem. You can also replace the whole fixture if need be.
- Water Rationing and High Water Demand
When water is rationed, depleted or scarce across a system with multiple fixtures, you’re likely to experience low pressure. The best way to solve this issue is by avoiding using all the faucets at once. Now that you know what may be the potentials cause of your low water pressure, it is time to dive into straightforward, actionable, and inexpensive ways to raise the water pressure.
How To Increase Water Pressure Without A Pump
First, you must measure your water pressure using a pressure gauge. Connect the meter to a water spigot, switch on the water, and you’ll see an instant reading. Generally, your water pressure should be above 50 psi, but you can adjust it to your preferred level. If you have a reading of less than 25-30 psi, your water pressure is low. Any pressure above 80 will damage your plumbing fixtures.
- Replace All Clogged Pipes
If you suspect that clogged pipes could affect your water’s pressure, first have them checked before embarking on a replacement spree. Then, to better enhance pressure, choose wider pipes to improve the overall force.
- Replace Pressure Regulators
Adjust your water pressure regulator first to a higher level and observe how it reacts. If you don’t see any change, then your regulator could be faulty. However, if you’re uncertain if the problem is the regulator, call the plumber and avoid any DIY impulse you have.
- Check for Leaks in the Plumbing System
The obvious solution to a leak is to repair or replace the pipes. But, first, check for wet spots. If they are hard to detect, switch off the water meter and check to see if it is still running. If your water meter is still running, there is a leakage somewhere, and it is time to go a-hunting.
- Low-hot water pressure in the shower
The first thing to do is check the age of your water heater. The average lifespan of a water heater is about 15 years. If it’s older than recommended, you may need to replace it. If it’s not old, ensure you wash it regularly to avoid sediment buildup. Next, inspect clogged shower head and change those that need changing.
- Adjust Main Valve
This is the valve that controls water flow into pipes and to your taps. First, find this valve and check if it is opened completely. Sometimes, your plumber may turn it off during routine checks and forget to turn it back on.
While low water pressure may be unique to your system, it is wise to check if others are experiencing the same problem. If yours is an isolated issue, then it means you have a plumbing problem. However, follow the steps we have mentioned meticulously. You should solve the low water pressure issue in no time.
If you are still experiencing the problem, it may be time to call in professionals. At Pump House, we have certified experts and quality products to tackle your low water pressure issues at minimal cost and great value.
Contact us here to for a free Pump Audit to discuss the problem, and we will have a professional over soonest.