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What Affects Water Pressure?

Water pressure is important, as it is the force that pushes water through your home’s pipes. As a result, your home’s water pressure determines the water flow in your property — the higher the water pressure, the more powerful the water flow and vice versa.


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Because of the interconnected nature of water pressure and flow, a number of aspects can affect your water pressure.


The performance of any plumbed-in appliance, like a shower or toilet, can be affected by your water pressure or water flow. Some appliances such as an electric shower may not operate at all if the water pressure is too low.


A number of factors can affect water pressure. Some are found externally, like the supply from your water authority or leaks in the pipes under the road. You can find out who is responsible for your mains water pressure and what to do if you think you have a problem in our blog post.


Other impacting factors are found inside your home, like the size and length of internal pipework. For example, if the water has to travel a long distance through a pipe, your water pressure can drop. Another internal factor is the sheer amount of regular water usage.


Often, water pressure issues are identified at busy times of the day when water is being used by the shower, the tap and/or the toilet. At these times, the water flow is being split between each outlet, giving a poor performance. The more taps and showers being used at any one time, the more the pressure at each one falls.


A water pressure pump may help this by pushing more water into gravity-fed and combi boiler systems. A HomeBoost pump, for example, can increase your water supply by up to 12 litres per minute and boost your pressure up to 1.5 bar..