Building An Addition: A Homeowner's Guide

Addressing Your Home's Low Water Pressure

by Toni Richards

Access to indoor plumbing is a convenience that modern homeowners have grown accustomed to. In addition to taking running water for granted, many homeowners assume that the water flowing into their home will be pressurized correctly. When water pressure is too low, it can serve as a serious source of inconvenience. Homes that rely on a well to supply their indoor water can suffer from low water pressure.

Here are three things that you can do to address your home's low water pressure problems in the future.

1. Check for leaks in major inlet pipes.

In order for water to maintain the right temperature as it is delivered from a well to your home's fixtures, the pipes the water travels though must be in good condition. Any cracks or holes in the pipes could allow a small amount of water to leak out during delivery, resulting in a loss of pressure once the water is released through your home's plumbing fixtures.

Have a skilled contractor use a small camera to inspect your major inlet pipes for signs of damage if you experience a sudden reduction in water pressure.

2. Add a pressure tank to your plumbing system.

Since low water pressure is a common problem for homes whose water is supplied by a well, pressure tanks were created to help homeowners address their water pressure concerns. A pressure tank is a device that is added onto your existing plumbing system.

Water from the well is delivered into the pressure tank, where it is pressurized prior to release into your home's plumbing fixtures. A pressure tank allows you to effectively increase your home's water pressure without having to invest in a costly new well pump or make complex alterations to your existing plumbing system.

3. Invest in a larger pressure tank.

If your home's plumbing system is already equipped with a pressure tank but you are still experiencing sudden drops in water pressure, you may need to invest in a larger pressure tank to meet your water pressure needs. When multiple fixtures are used simultaneously (like running the dishwasher while a family member showers), all of the water can be quickly depleted from a small pressure tank.

Take the time to calculate what size pressure tank you need to meet your home's water use demands, then work with an experienced contractor to replace your undersized pressure tank with one that will supply a constant stream of pressurized water in the future.

Addressing your home's low water pressure problems can be as simple as repairing leaky inlet pipes, adding a pressure tank, or installing a larger pressure tank. Be sure to consult with a knowledgeable contractor, like Valley Drilling Corp, to determine which option will provide the best solution to resolve your home's low water pressure.