Water pressure varies in Essex homes it’s determined by the height and distance of the reservoir or water tower from home. Some homes have excellent water pressure while others have weak water pressure.
Homeowners with low water pressure need not worry as increasing the water pressure in your home can be inexpensive and straightforward.
The first step is to test your water pressure; if your pressure is regular or high, you have nothing to worry about, if it’s low then you (or a qualified Plumber) need to check a few things.
Low water pressure can be down to
Leaks in the household plumbing system can cause low pressure. If low water pressure has occured recently, you may have a leak somewhere.
A partially open or a broken water valve
The water valve’s usually found under the kitchen sink close to your mains stopcock if it’s half open water flow will be restricted. Check the valve is fully open (the handle should indicate which way’s open). Sometimes the valves can be broken and won’t let enough water through if this is the case it’ll need changing.
Obstructed water pipes
An obstructed water pipe can restrict flow. Old pipes corrode and parts inside can break off this is a common cause of partially blocked pipes. Detecting an obstruction in a water pipe can be tricky so you may need a Plumber. A Plumber can cure a clogged pipe by removing and cleaning, replacing or by blasting air through the pipe.
If all the above possible causes are eliminated, then you have low mains water pressure which results in slow running taps, slow filling cisterns and some cases not enough supply for your boiler, washing machine and dishwasher. Keen gardeners who like to water their gardens regularly will be disappointed with weak water pressure which is inadequate for hoses and sprinkler systems.
The solution to poor mains water pressure is to fit a Water Booster Pump; a pump pushes water through your pipes faster increasing the mains pressure throughout your home.
There are various pumps on the market, and the type of pump will depend on your unique requirments, the size of your property and your current heating system. Some homeowners will only want to boost their hot or cold water while others will want to boost both. Some homeowners will be happy with the flow of their hot and cold water but will want to boost their shower pressure.
There are various types of pump available these include
- Standard Pumps
- Universal Pumps
- Single Impellor Pumps
- Double Impellor Pumps
A water Booster Pump cannot be fitted directly to the mains water supply and will require a supply tank to ensure there’s enough water available for the pump.
The fitting of a Water Booster Pump is not a DIY job and should always be undertaken by a qualified Plumber who can advise you on the best pump for your unique situation. If you’re suffering from low water pressure and would like some free advice or a survey at your home, please Contact Us. We have years of experience fitting Water Pumps, one of our fully qualified plumbers will be on hand to point you in the right direction.