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Why Is There Low Water Pressure Even After Having A Well System?

Do you have a well system in your home to access water throughout the building? If you answered yes, then chances are you also have low water pressure. Rather than living with low water pressure (which can be miserable for many), there are methods you can utilize to improve the water pressure.

Determining the flow rate

Flow rate can be thought of in terms of gallons per minute flowing through a pipe. A common residential well pump might deliver anywhere from 5 to 20 gallons in one minute.  Pressure is not the same as flow, however. As an example: You could have great water pressure coming from the well, but terrible flow rate and reduced water pressure in the home.

Most pipes in standard homes are ½”, ¾” or 1” in diameter. Say you had really great water pressure of 60 or 70 PSI, and your home had all ½” piping, and you had 3 bathrooms all being used at the same time, or you had a large spa type bathtub that likes to be filled at 15 gallons per minute. Because you have ½” piping, you might experience low flow rate, even if you have 70 PSI to start with because the flow rate needed requires a larger diameter pipe. So, to fix the problems of low water pressure these helpful steps can be the prefect prevention in the long run.

Servicing your pressure tank

Remember, a home’s average water pressure should lie between 40 and 60 psi. For those who need to increase this number, consider:

  • Turning off the circuit dedicated to the well pump
  • Testing the air fill valve with an air pressure gauge and see where the pressure lies
  • Increasing it by adjusting the pressure switch (this is located on the pipe connecting the well and pressure tank). This is should be done when the water pressure is floating around 40 psi or below.
  • Turning on the circuit and testing out the water by opening a faucet
  • Readjusting if necessary by repeating these steps

All these processes can be performed easily and appropriately with the help of professional plumbers in Edmonton. If you don’t have proper knowledge about these systems, consider staying from the same or it may lead to greater complications in the long run.

Having your pipes checked

A common reason for low water pressure is plumbing pipes that are clogged with tons of sediment and minerals. This buildup will occur in homes that have hard water, which will damage plumbing and prevent a smooth flow of water. Combat this by having your pipes inspected and cleaned and having a water softener installed (or having your current one serviced).

Installing a new constant pressure system

To assist your pressure tank in providing your home with an increased amount of water pressure, consider installing a constant pressure system. The plumbers you hire, they can help you with the installation. Consider consulting with them and get a pressure system installed immediately.

This piece is installed on the water line that enters your home and will prevent water pressure from dropping when multiple fixtures are being used. Unsure if a constant pressure system is right for you? The plumbers will also offer water pressure booster pumps, and can help determine the best solution for your well water system!