Incase you weren’t sure, water pressure is the force at which water flows through your pipes and into your home. Understanding how water pressure works and how to adjust it can help you maintain a comfortable and efficient water supply in your home. In this blog post, we’ll explain the basics of water pressure and give you some tips on how to adjust it now that you’ll know more about it.
What is Water Pressure?
Like we’ve already mentioned water pressure is the force at which water flows through your pipes and into your home. It is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI). The higher the PSI, the greater the force of the water. Most homes have a water pressure of around 40 to 60 PSI to help you understand the scale a bit more.
What Causes Low Water Pressure?
Low water pressure can be caused by a number of factors. Some of the most common causes include:
- Clogged pipes or water filters: Over time, pipes can become clogged with mineral deposits or other debris, which can restrict the flow of water.
- Faulty pressure regulator: If your home has a pressure regulator, it can become faulty and cause low water pressure.
- Leaks: Leaks in your pipes or water fixtures can cause a drop in water pressure.
- Water supply issues: Sometimes low water pressure is caused by issues with the municipal water supply.
How to Adjust Water Pressure
If you’re experiencing low water pressure, there are a few things you can do to adjust it:
- Check your water fixtures: Before adjusting your water pressure, make sure your water fixtures are not clogged with mineral deposits or other debris. Clean your fixtures and see if that improves the water flow first.
- Adjust your pressure regulator: If your home has a pressure regulator, you can adjust it to increase or decrease the water pressure. The pressure regulator is usually located near the main water shut-off valve. To increase the pressure, turn the adjustment screw clockwise. To decrease the pressure, turn it counterclockwise.
- Check for leaks: If you have low water pressure, check for leaks in your pipes or water fixtures. Repairing any leaks can improve water pressure.
- Call a plumber: If you’re unable to adjust the water pressure on your own or if you suspect there may be an issue with your water supply, call a licensed plumber to diagnose and fix the problem.
If you have any questions or concerns about your water pressure, please get in touch with us.