Low water pressure is more than just an inconvenience. That slower flow of water could show that a bigger problem is at hand, and that can happen even when your home relies on a well. In order to increase your well water pressure, there are a few things you need to take.
The first step you should do is to check where your water pressure currently lies. Ideally, you want your home’s water pressure to be somewhere between 4-60 psi. To find out what your water pressure is, you need to connect a pressure gauge to an outside hose bibb. The best location is choosing a bibb as close as possible to the well’s pressure tank.
Checking your pressure now is a good start, but to be sure you have a good stream of pressure at all times, check it a couple times a year. It is a quick and inexpensive task, with benefits that go way beyond the time and cost needed.
If you have discovered that you do indeed have low water pressure, you will then want to check on the air fill valve. After turning off the circuit to your well, test the air fill valve with a gauge. Again, you want to see if it falls between 40-60 psi. Anything outside of that range means you need to adjust the pressure switch.
Adjusting the pressure may not always solve the issue, so your next move is to inspect the pipes. Pipes can become congested with sediment or other debris, which leads to a decrease in pressure. Bringing in a professional plumber will allow you to know exactly what is going on in there, and how it can be cleared.
When mineral deposits are the reason for clogged or congested pipes, it means that hard water is contributing to the buildups. A sign of this is when you have calcium deposits around your faucets. Adding water softener can help prevent these issues.
A more long-term solution is to install a constant pressure system. These can ensure that your well water pressure will not drop when you are using lots of water from multiple fixtures. It is installed at the waterline that enters your home, allowing for a steady stream of pressure.
Low pressure indicates something that has gone wrong within your well water or plumbing systems. To find out how you can better improve your home’s water pressure, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.