One of the most common, and most frustrating complaints from homeowners around the country when it comes to their morning ritual is shivering their way through a cold, low pressure morning shower. Every day countless homeowners endure this experience before their actual day ever begins and any one of them can tell you that it’s far from the best part of waking up. For those who have had enough of this inconsistent (or worse, consistently poor) water pressure, however, gaining the comfort and reliability you deserve from your plumbing is now easier than ever to do. We've worked with master plumbers to provide a simple guide to the most common and dependable DIY service to increase water pressure from your shower head and throughout your entire home. Just follow this simple guide and you’re sure to enjoy your morning routine, as much as you can, of course.
Basic Pressure Test
It may sound obvious but the absolute first thing homeowners should do when working to increase their home’s water pressure is to make sure that the main shutoff valves are fully open. Even if these valves are slightly closed, the volume and pressure of your water will be affected. Once you've ensured that these valves are fully open use a basic water pressure gauge to identify the average pressure output of your water system.
Pressure Range Maintenance and Improvement
Generally speaking a water pressure reading between 45 psi and 55 psi is perfect for the average home. If it’s over that range your home will very likely need plumbing repairs to respond to the wear and tear that comes as a result and if it’s beneath that range all of your water sources from your shower and toilet to all your sinks and hose hookups will fail to provide reliable pressure for your family. If, however, your pressure reading is within that ideal range and you’re still experiencing poor or inconsistent water pressure in some parts of your home you’re likely having trouble with clogged pipes which can either be removed with plumbing snakes or common calcium and rust eliminating solutions found in every common hardware store.
Water Pressure Booster Pumps
If unclogging your drains doesn't provide the reliable strength of water pressure that you’re looking for and your municipal water supply isn't able to provide more reliability or strength to the water pressure in your home, then your best option is to install a specialized water pressure booster pump near your home’s water main. This is a specially designed piece of equipment which strengthens the pressure of water which is coming into your home’s plumbing before it ever makes it to your fixtures. The installation of this technology is a fairly specialized process which necessitates the assistance of professional plumbers to ensure that it’s properly, safely, efficiently, and dependably installed to your existing plumbing system.