Low water pressure is not only extremely frustrating, but could be a sign that there are other problems with your water supply and/or pipes. While there are a few ways in which you are able to fix the problem, depending on where the problem comes from will determine if a quick Screwfix shop can fix the issue or if you require repairs. For this reason, it is important to first understand where the issues are coming from and identify if you require assistance from our professional and specialist plumbers in Milton Keynes. Our experienced team can lend you a helping hand to ensure that your boiler and plumbing systems are working effectively and increase your water pressure. To make sure that you contact the appropriate teams or find the ideal products to use, we have put together a handy guide on how to increase water pressure.
A Comprehensive Guide On How To Increase Water Pressure
There is nothing worse than waking up on a cold winters day and heading into the bathroom for a hot shower only to come across low water pressure that is extremely unsatisfying. However, unless it is causing an issue such as no water at all or leaking, then it isn’t likely not be high on your house fixing list. Although you may think that there isn’t a problem with your water and that it is just the case of replacing the shower head, in some cases, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Having said this, there are plenty of cost-effective ways that you can increase your water pressure. But first, there are a few things you need to identify:
Low water pressure can affect multiple areas of your home, from the shower to your dishwasher, meaning that it can greatly affect the comfort of your everyday activities, making life a lot harder. However, it can be easy to identify whether your water pressure is caused by issues in the mains and pipes of your home or whether it is a result of old and outdated products. For example, if your kitchen tap has low water pressure, then this could be due to limescale built up, but if it is affecting the taps and shower, then it is likely to be an issue with a main pipe in your home, which will require a professional helping hand.
There are multiple ways in which your water pressure could be low, and by discovering why this is the case, you can identify what repairs are required. The most common reasons for low water pressure include:
Old & Outdated Fixtures
As is the case with any part of the home, as your fixtures become old and outdated, they can cause issues with functionality as well as appearance. In most cases, old fixtures will be affected by mineral deposits such as rust or limestone, which can obstruct the fixture and greatly impact its functionality. This can diminish water pressure as well as impact the quality of water coming through the fixtures; this results in limescale build-up in kettles, harsh water for showers and more. If you find that old fixtures are causing an issue and that only a few fixtures are experiencing low water pressure, then it may be time to change and update your fixtures.
To test your fixtures, start by turning them on one at a time and observing the water coming out of the fixture. If it appears weak, then clean the faucets and turn the fixture on again to observe once more. By doing this, you can identify which fixtures are causing you issues as well as whether it is all fixtures or just a few. If you notice that your aerators are clogged, then you’re in luck, as you can easily replace just this section of the fixture. On the other hand, it may be time replace the entire product with an up to date and durable fixture. Try and avoid cheap fittings, as it is likely that you’ll require another replacement next year. Instead, opt for good quality fixtures and research reviews before heading to the checkout.
Fault Pressure Regulator
A faulty pressure regulator can be the cause of low or high-water pressure, so if you have a water pressure installed, then this may be the root of your problems. Not all homes have a pressure regulator, and if this is the case, then you may need to contact our team to take a look at your pressure as there may be some underlying issues. Additionally, you should look into installing a pressure regulator for the following reasons:
- Helps to save water
- Prolongs the life of fixtures and appliances
- Saves you money on water bills
- Stabilises your pressure and helps you to adjust pressure higher or lower
- Reduces the risk of leaking
If you are unsure whether you have a pressure regulator, then you may be able to identify this by taking a look at the front of your home for a bell-shaped device which is situated on the hose connection. The manufacturer will set the devices water pressure, which is usually around 45 to 60 psi, and you should not need to adjust this. However, if you find that the pressure is too low, then you are able to adjust this by turning the screw at the tip of the device; gradually turning it clockwise to increase the pressure or counter clockwise to lower water pressure. If you find that this does not do the job, or that the regulator is unable to adjust the pressure without being either too higher or low, then it may be time to replace the device.
Turned Off Water Valves
There are two main valves that shut off water flow; one of these are positioned in your home, and the other is at your meter. If for some reason, these valves are partially or completely turned off, then this will be causing significant issues with your water pressure. One reason this may have happened is when you temporarily turn off the valves for internal works or when you go on holiday, for example, to reduce leaking in your home while away. So, before doing anything, make sure that these valves are fully open to make sure that this is not causing issues with your water pressure. Before checking your valves, we strongly recommend that you take a look at WaterWorld’s handy article including diagrams and tips on how to understand and check water valves in your home.
One of the most common reasons your water pressure will reduce is due to clogged pipes, which can be as a result of many factors. The most common reasons is because of the water type and whether it has high levels of limescale, or if your pipes are extremely old causing a build up of dirt, debris and rust or mould. This is most commonly found in galvanised steel pipe, which use to be a common material, but has since been replaced with long-lasting solutions. The best indication that this may be a problem is that your water flow is good when your first turn on your fixing, but then it suddenly becomes weak once the water has been flowing for some time.
Unfortunately, if this is the cause of your low pressure, then you should not investigate any further and contact our team for assistance. This is something that only a professional should fix, as you could risk severely damaging your plumbing system. Our team has years of experience behind them, completing hundreds of plumbing replacements and repairs as well as boiler services in Buckingham, so please feel free to book in with the team if you are experiencing issues.
Corroded Plumbing System
In some unfortunate cases, you may find that a full replacement of your piping systems is required to fix your issue; this is particularly the case if you have a period home. If your pipes are made from galvanised steel, then they tend to have a lifespan of around 20 to 50 years depending on use and minerals or limescale passing through the pipes. On the other hand, if your pipes are made from brass, copper or iron, then you can expect a life span between 40 to 100 years.
If you live in an older home and are experiencing these issues, then it is likely to be down to the age of your pipes and the materials used. It is important that you immediately contact the team to replace your pipes, as this can cause severe issues with your home, such as leaking. Here at Bishop Plumbing & Heating, we will always use only the highest quality products for your repairs and replacements, ensuring that you can enjoy your products for many years to come.
Once you have identified the issues causing your low water pressure, it will make it significantly easier for you to find the perfect solution to ensure that you improve and resolve problems before they worsen. Repairing issues as soon as they occur will make for a far more cost-effective solution than leaving problems to worsen over time. So, with this in mind, here are the five ways you can increase low water pressure:
- Open The Supply Valve – if the issue is your valves, then you should always make sure that they are tightened properly or open fully before testing anything else. If your water pressure instantly increases then you should not have to contact a professional for further assistance.
- Check For Leaks – a leak in your home can cause catastrophic problems that end up costing a lot in repairs. Check around fixtures and pipes to make sure that they are not leaking. If you do find a leak, then please contact the team immediately, and if possible, turn off your water valves.
- Unblock Pipes – as blocked pipes can be the easiest and most cost-effective issue to resolve, you should always make sure that you have a selection of products at hand in case you need to do an emergency unclogging. You can find a thorough guide on how to unblock your pipes on B&Q.
- Install A Booster Pump – this pump works by repressuring your water, which is beneficial when you are experiencing issues. You can find these in most DIY stores.
- Contact A Professional – if you are unsure what is causing the issue, and you are not familiar with the basics of plumbing, then we would always advise that you contact a professional to lend a helping hand. Attempting to fix the issue without the correct equipment or knowledge can cause more damage than harm.
Enjoy A Powerful Shower
Water pressure can have a significant impact on how you enjoy your everyday activities such as your morning shower or even washing the dishes in the evening. For this reason, it is always important to make sure that your plumbing system is working effectively, and that when issues appear, you always find a solution to fix the issue before it worsens. In some cases, this may require you to speak to a professional for assistance. If this is the case, then we would always advise that you enlist in an experienced team that can not only identify the issue, but lend you a helping hand with high-quality and industry-leading products. So, if you are having issues and you’re not sure what is causing low water pressure, then please feel free to contact the team today!