Water pressure is a tricky one. Too low, and you’re faced with drippy taps and half-hearted showers. Too high, and the strain on your pipes can cause problems with your plumbing later down the line.
There’s a fairly wide range for what’s considered too high or low, so we’ve outlined a few helpful tips to help you get to grips with the right water pressure…
How Low Can You Go?
You’ll know if your water pressure is low when your taps take a while to flow and your shower resembles more of a trickle than a stream! There may also be a slight whistling sound coming from your taps.
You can pick up a water pressure gauge from most DIY shops, which will help you to test the pressure. If it’s under 30psi, this is a little on the low side.<
Low water pressure can be caused by a leak in the pipes. Read your meter, before turning off all the appliances that rely on water for a few hours. Do a reading again and if it’s higher than before, you most likely have a leak. Don’t worry, we can take care of it for you.
If a leak isn’t the problem, there could be a blockage in the pipes caused by hard water which leads to a build up of limescale. A plumber will be able to assess this for you in case the blockage gets worse.
If water is flowing thick and fast, or there’s a clanging sound when you turn off the taps, this could be a sign of excessive water pressure. Use your pressure gauge to check. Anything over 80psi is a little on the high side.
High water pressure puts an overload of strain on your pipes, fittings and fixtures. In the long term, this could cause the pipes to crack and no end of water related woes.
Bear in mind that if you live in an area that is lower than sea level, water pressure may be high as water travelling through the pipes gains added pressure.
Ask a qualified plumber to install a pressure regulator to tackle high pressure and save your pipes from potential problems.
Need Us To Take A Look?
If the pressure is causing you problems, ask our team to come and take a look at your water system. We’ll advise on the best solutions to avoid future problems, saving you hassle… and costly repairs. Give the team a call to discuss.