Did you know that a lot of common plumbing issues in an average residential home are the result of having issues with water pressure? A toilet that isn’t flushing efficiently and a weakened shower to damaged pipes and appliances can all be signs that your home is having problems with its water pressure systems and should be corrected as soon as possible. Checking the water pressure in your home is relatively easy and could assist in figuring out what is needed to be repaired before you have a plumbing disaster this can be pretty costly.
Recommended Water Pressure Rating
As water comes into your home from the municipal water supply lines, your home’s water pressure can vary from a psi rating of 20 to as much as 100. Problems can arise from such a high psi rating as the incoming water should rise above 75. Professionals in the plumbing industry commonly recommend 50 psi which is what most pressure regulator settings are set to as a default setting from the factories they are manufactured in. However, it is important to remember that every time water comes to a bend and turns in a pipe, it will slow down a little. With that being said, if your home is larger, your home incoming water will require a higher pressure rating then what a smaller house would require.
Checking Your Homes Water Pressure
Testing the pressure that is coming into your home’s water pressure systems directly from the municipal lines is the easiest way to check the pressure in your home. Most people think that you have to call a plumbing professional to have your home’s water pressure tested.
- The first faucet that is along the incoming waterline because it is the faucet that is going to have the most pressure. Knowing that this is the faucet that will have the most pressure in your home, you will be able to determine whether or not your water pressure issues are developing once the water has entered your home or if the water pressure issues originate in the municipal supply lines before reaching your home.
- Next, check all of the water sources in your home to make sure that they are all off. Turn each shut-off valve for toilets and/or faucets if you want to exclude them from the test and close the main water shut-off valve.
- To get a reading of the water pressure, attach a water pressure gauge to the first faucet and turn the faucet on to get a rating of the pressure.
Following these steps will give you an idea of what the pressure of the water that is coming in your home is once it arrives. Once you have that piece of information, you can go around the rest of the house and test the pressure at each faucet or water source to help narrow down where your pressure issue is located.
What Most People Don’t Know About Plumbing Fixtures
When it comes time to select what faucet will go in your bathrooms or kitchen sink or what shower head will be used in the master bedrooms walk-in shower, what most people don’t realize is that how the fixture looks is not the only thing you should be concerned with. Of course, no one wants to have a plumbing fixture that looks out of place or just isn’t visually appealing in general but before worrying about what the fixtures look like, find out which fixtures are correct for the type of water pressure systems in your home. All faucets and all showers are not all going to work in every home and the fixture you select must be compatible with your homes’ system. For example, a faucet that relies on high pressure to work efficiently that is installed in a low-pressure system is going to be disappointing in its efficiency and functionality. The reverse of this is also possible as some fixtures may rely on a low-pressure system to function and will not function properly on a high-pressure system. Narrow down your selection by what is compatible with your system and is going to work first, then decide based on what the fixture looks like. Having a gorgeous kitchen sink fixture might be nice to have and all but what good is it if it doesn’t run water for you when you ask it too?