One common complaint among people who live in homes that use well water is that the water pressure inside their house is too low. When you live in a community with a municipal water supply, then water pressure is rarely an issue because it is regulated by the utility company. However, depending on the way your well system was installed, it may not produce a comparable flow rate. Thankfully, water pressure problems are typically caused by a few simple things and each of them are easily rectified:
Why Your Home's Water Pressure is Too Low
Before you can determine the correct way to fix your low water pressure issue, first you must determine the root cause of the problem. Residential low water pressure is typically caused by one of these three things:
- inadequate pump horsepower
- pipes plugged with sediment
- hot water heater sediment buildup
Since each of these problems has a different fix, you need to do a bit of troubleshooting.
If your cold water pressure is okay but the hot water isn't, then your issue is most likely sediment buildup in your hot water heater.
Hot Water Heater Sediment Buildup
When your hot water pressure is low but the cold isn't, then sediment is building up in your water heater. Since your hot water taps pull water from the bottom of the tank, the sediment clogs the line and restricts the water flow to your faucets.
To fix a water heater clogged with sediment, you need to drain and flush out the tank. This is a simple procedure that any homeowner can easily do.
Pipes Clogged with Sediment
If your hot and cold water pressure is equally low, then the problem may be caused by clogged plumbing. If your well water contains a lot of iron or sediment, then you will need to have a professional plumber come auger out the plumbing to remove any sediment buildup.
Inadequate Pump Horsepower
Finally, if your plumbing doesn't have issues with sediment, then the lack of water flow is caused by either an inadequate well pump or lack of a pressure tank. If you have a shallow well that pumps water directly into your home, then the submersible pump is not strong enough to keep your home's water pressurized. Alternatively, if your well is too far from your home, then you will need to install a pressure tank. A pressure tank is easy to install and will allow you to easily adjust the water pressure in your home.
Contact a company like Drainman The for more information and assistance.