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7 Dec 2007 at 5:41 pm #279826petriplumbing
How can you increase the Water Pressure ?
8 Dec 2007 at 12:42 am #301774siekster
A little bit more info from you is needed…
Are running off a well, or municipal water?
Do you have a pressure reducing valve installed on your water distribution?
Are you looking to increase water pressure to the whole house, or do you have a fixture that seems to be running on low pressure?
If you have a well pump, the pressure cut off and cut on settings can usually be adjusted. Municipal water, you take what you get. If by some chance you have a pressure reducing valve located somewhere(it would have to be accessible) that can be adjusted as well.
If you have a certain fixture (sink, shower, etc..) that seems to be low on water pressure, there are a number of possible causes and solutions, some simple, some not so simple…
8 Dec 2007 at 5:01 pm #firstname.lastname@example.org
Often the problem will appear to be a pressure issue when it comes to volume or flow issue. A restriction in a line or just having a long line or under sized line could be the problem. There are many considerations; do you have enough pressure at your mains? Do you have an old furred up pipe work, perhaps lead or galv? Is your main stop open fully?
If you install a pressure gauge, you can check pressure. It should be above about 35 PSI. 35 PSI would be on the low side, but should be ok. Look at the http://www.plumberscorvallisoregon.com/ then look at it when the water is on full in the bathtub. If the pressure is ok until you turn on the water than it is a flow problem
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8 Dec 2007 at 6:01 pm #firstname.lastname@example.org
One way to over come this is to install a pressure tank
and check valve. The tank will give you the flow and the check valve will keep the flow going only into the tank or house. The in-coming flow will feed your tank and house as the water is used, so the tank should last for a long time before you see a loss of pressure. I have had good results with this set up. One last thing to check is for clogged aerators at the sinks and showerheads. Good luck.
9 Dec 2007 at 10:53 am #301778siekster
I just learned something new! I didn’t realize putting a pressure tank and a check valve would increase pressure on a water service connected to municipal water. I always do it with a well, but not on city water.
When you say pressure tank, are you referring to a bladder tank filled with mostly air, or a storage tank kept closer to the house? How big of a tank would you recommend?
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