There are a number of ways you can increase water pressure in your home. Firstly, you should identify the causes of low water pressure in your home. These can be numerous and can include:
<h2>Cracked or leaking pipes</h2>
A leaking or cracked pipes allows water to escape your home’s system, meaning water pressure will drop. You can easily check for leaks by looking at your exposed pipework first. If there are no visible problems, you should then check for internal issues.
Turn off all taps, showers and other water sources inside and outside your home. Make a note of the reading on your water meter. After around two hours, check the meter again. If the number has increased, you have likely got a leak in your system and should contact a qualified plumber.
Once you have repaired the problem, your water pressure should return to normal.
<h2>Maintenance work on mains water supply</h2>
Your mains water supply company must provide a minimum of 0.7 bar of water pressure up to the boundary of your property. Occasionally, maintenance work on the supply pipe or network can impact this level, causing your water pressure to drop.
Usually, the mains water supply company will notify you of any planned works in your area. However, if you do suspect that your water pressure problem is a result of maintenance work, you should contact the company directly. Contact information for many major supply companies can be found here.
<h2>Limescale build-up on shower head</h2>
Limescale build-up on your shower head can restrict and block water flow. When water flow is reduced, it can have a direct impact on water pressure.
Thankfully, limescale can easily be cleaned away. White vinegar or lemon juice is acidic enough to remove the residue from the head, helping to improve water flow.
<h2>The time of day</h2>
Depending on how many appliances are in use, your home’s water pressure can fluctuate depending on the time of day. This is especially common in the morning and evening, when showers, taps and toilets are in demand.
If your water pressure returns to normal during off-peak times of the day, such as when people are at work or school, your low water pressure may simply be a result of demand. A simple solution is to try and minimise multiple appliance use at any one time — for example, delay starting a washing machine cycle until everyone has had their morning showers.
Upgrading your mains service or putting in larger water tanks can be costly and disruptive. A more cost-effective way is fitting a pressure-boosting pump to your existing system.
<h2>The position of your appliance</h2>
The position of your shower or tap can impact its water pressure. For example, loft showers are notorious when it comes to low water pressure. This is because they are often located higher than a home’s boiler or water tank. As a result, water has to travel upwards, rather than following gravity’s natural flow.
Water pressure is also impacted by the location of your property. How high the water tower is above your home, as well as the height of your property, can all lower your water pressure. Properties on top of a hill, for example, may experience lower pressure than those at the bottom.
A water pressure pump is a great way to improve water pressure. Salamander offers a range of solutions for whichever heating system you may have. CT, CT Force, RSP, RHP or ESP pumps are ideal for gravity-fed systems, and HomeBoost pumps are suitable for combi boilers. A CT Force Universal or ESP pump is better for unvented systems.
Choose the correct pump for your property and you should see a visible improvement in your home’s water pressure.