Low water pressure is a common problem in homes that get their water through a well system. But you don’t have to put up with low water pressure in your home or completely install a new system. Read on for tips on how to fix low water pressure from your well system.
Testing your water pressure
As well as turning on the faucet and feeling the pressure of the water coming out, you can also measure water pressure at your pressure tank. Your pressure tank will have a gauge displaying a figure in pounds per square inch (psi). Normal water pressure should be somewhere between 40 and 60 psi. If it is showing lower than 40 psi, you may be able to adjust the pressure tank to solve your water problems.
Constant pressure system
If the pressure in your shower drops off when someone runs a tap downstairs, then you could benefit by installing a constant pressure system. You can install a constant pressure system at the point where water enters your home to, as the name suggests, keep the water pressure constant at all sources. This means that water being drawn from multiple sources at once should not affect the pressure.
Other causes of low water pressure
Your low water pressure might not simply be a result of having a well system. It could indicate a problem with your pipes. Pipes may start to get clogged by debris and sediment building up on the inside walls of the pipes, especially if you have hard water. If this issue is causing low water flow, then increasing the pressure can worsen the problem and could even lead to burst pipes.
To check if your pipes are clogged, you can call an emergency plumber to inspect them and clean them if necessary. To prevent this problem reoccurring, you may need to install a water softener if your home has hard water. Another potential cause of low pressure or low flow is if your well pump is installed too high. The pump should be installed further below the well’s water level.
If you’re having problems with low water pressure in your home and adjusting the pressure tank doesn’t solve the problem, then you can call Brandon Plumbing to assess and fix the problem for you. You can contact us for any plumbing issues around Forsyth, Davie, Davidson, and Guilford Counties.