The ideal water pressure rating for your home falls within a range of 40 to 80 pounds per square inch (psi). This range ensures optimal performance for your appliances and plumbing while minimizing the risk of damage or safety hazards.
Here's a breakdown of the ideal water pressure range and its benefits:
This is less common, but sometimes low water pressure can be due to issues with the municipal water supply, like breaks in the main line or maintenance work. Before anything else, contact your local water company to check if there are any known issues in your area.
As the name suggests, a pressure regulator regulates incoming water pressure to ensure it’s within a safe range for your home's plumbing. If it malfunctions, it can restrict water flow and lead to low pressure. Over time, sediment or mineral deposits can accumulate in the pressure regulator, hindering its ability to function properly. If your pressure regulator is failing, call a nearby plumber to diagnose and repair, or replace the pressure regulator.
Another common culprit behind low water pressure is clogs. Here are the three main causes of pipe clogs:
If you notice something new, like gurgling sounds that you’ve never heard before, it could be a sign of a developing clog. Call a trusted plumbing repair service for a plumbing inspection.
Even small leaks in underground pipes or behind walls can significantly impact water pressure throughout your home. Worn-out or cracked seals around pipe connections can allow water to escape, reducing pressure in the system. If you notice signs of water leaks, such as water stains on walls and low water pressure, get in touch with a nearby plumbing service for plumbing repairs.
The main shutoff valve controls the water supply entering your home. If it’s not fully open, it can restrict water flow and lead to low pressure. If you suspect the culprit could be a slightly closed main valve, check its position and turn the handle gently to see if it’s fully open. If the valve is slightly closed, turn it slowly and steadily in the opposite direction until it stops. Don’t overexert yourself, as forcing the valve can damage it.
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