If you are running your house with a well plumbing system, you might likely experience a low water pressure problem. This is quite common for well system houses. But the good news is that the problem can be solved with a few quick fixes. Having your faucets running on a low pressure can be quite frustrating. And although it might be a bit tricky to work around, it is very possible, once you have some basic skills and a few handy tools. However, if your particular situation seems more daunting, it is advisable to call in the services of a plumbing expert.
Basically, there are ways you can improve the water pressure from a well pump. It simply requires you to know a bit about how a water pump works. Once you have a well system, your water pressure is controlled by your well pump pressure switch. That is, improving your water pressure has nothing to do with the city-wide water department. Fortunately, this also means you can mostly resolve issues by your own discretion.
1. Check the well pump pressure switch
Sometimes, the water pressure in such cases run low because they were set that way from the pump. To reset it, you simply need to make some adjustment in your well pump pressure switch. This would be very simple to do in order to increase the water pressure coming from your taps. However, you would need some help to reach the well pump and work on it.
Also, adjusting the pressure tank gauge should be done carefully. This is because it can become risky if the water pressure is increased above a high pressure of 60 psi. In such a case, you run the risk of over-pressuring the system, thereby resulting in a burst pipe or leakages. To adjust the pressure tank slightly, you need to turn off the circuit breaker first. This is where electricity comes into power the pump.
Afterward, find the air fill valve, which would likely be on top of the pressure tank. You can detect a low-pressure reading using a gauge, which is from 40 psi or less. Thereafter you simply have to increase the water pressure by adjusting the pressure switch. Simple. You then turn the circuit breaker back on and try out the pressure by checking out a faucet. An appropriate psi reading should be set at 20/40, or 30/50 or 40/60.
2. Take a look at your water supply
One other very basic reason why your water pressure is low might be simply because your water supply is running low. That might seem like a far-fetched idea, but in some cases it is possible. If the property is a really old one, which has been running for decades on a single well, it might become a problem when there is a drought in the area. That is, if the well is drying up, then the water pressure might become quite low. Also, if there are way too many water outlets installed in proportion to the available supply, the water pressure is bound to reduce.
3. Low water pressure caused by clogged pipes
In addition, an old property might usually has the problem of accumulated debris which causes blockages within the pipes. Old pipes are bound to be clogged at some points, and this problem might result in low water pressure. Resolving this doesn’t require an adjustment with the pump pressure switch, but with the piping system itself. It might be necessary to replace the old metal pipes, which gets corroded with mineral matter, with new plastic pipes, as well as new and appropriate fittings.
4. Install a constant pressure system
Furthermore, you might have to go beyond the surface drills to increase the water pressure in a well system. This would most likely require a plumber or an assisting expert to help you in carrying out the task. In most cases, a constant pressure system has to be installed where the water enters your home, and this is most likely from the basement.
This would be needed in achieving stable water pressure. Also, it is particularly helpful when you know that the problem isn’t from blocked pipes or faucets. Using a constant pressure system would ensure you have better water pressure from your different faucets.
By checking out any of these steps, you can easily increase your well water pressure in no time.