This month: Maintaining water pressure
Is Your Shower Stream Like a Limp Noodle?
Remember the Seinfeld episode where Jerry’s landlord uses showerheads with low water pressure? The beauty of the show is that it always touched upon mundane every day truths. We’re sure you’ve experienced a shower with a weak stream, and half way through the day you’re still squeaking from unrinsed soap suds.
Today we’re offering you some special tips and tricks on how you can optimize your water pressure. Please note that weak water pressure is commonly the result of clogged pipes. If a clog isn't the cause of your less-than-stellar showers, don't fret - these tips will have you covered.
1. A steady stream of tools
First things first, we're going to need some materials and a handful of tools:
-copper pipe and fittings
2. Vying for valves
Begin by ensuring that the shutof valves by your water meter are open. If you're connected to your municipal water supply, you can call the water department for an assessment of your water pressure; 45-50 PSI is ideal.
Alternatively you can buy a pressure guage at your local hardware store, attach it to an outdoor spigot and instantly get a reading.
The city won't always boost your pressure, and if that's the case you may want to invest in and install a pressure boosting system. They retail starting at about $300.
If your pressure is over 80 PSI, it will waste both water and the energy required to heat it while damaging water softeners, heaters, faucets, appliances and more. A working pressure reducing valve should keep your pressure between 50 and 60 PSI, in fact some municipalities require you to install them. Most of them come factory pre-set to 50 PSI, but you can adjust it for greater or lesser pressures via a screw on the top of the unit. PRVs will wear out within 10-20 years, and old ones are a major culprit for inconsistent pressure.
If you're used to little plumbing jobs, don't sweat over this one; a PRV will cost you $35 and $120.
Provided the pressure reading suffices, you may still have obstructions, or pipes that are simply too small, in which case your best bet is to call a licensed plumber.
If you need a plumber to finish the job, give us a call at 647-297-9852! We'll set your pressure just how you like it,
and have you living and showering like royalty!
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We hope that you find this information useful, check back with us periodically for more tips and tricks to save money and avoid troublesome plumbing problems!