Low water pressure is an annoyance. It can turn everyday chores like washing the dishes or showering into a frustrating task. Getting washing machines and toilet tanks to fill or using a hose to garden or wash the car becomes time consuming as needed water slows to a crawl.
On average, residential water pressure should be no less than 45 PSI and no higher than 60 PSI. A good way to gauge decent water pressure is to fill a five gallon bucket with water. It should take no longer than 40 seconds, unless your pressure’s outside normal range.
If you believe you have low water pressure, there may be leaks, debris, corrosion or mineral buildup in your pipes or a potential malfunction in your municipal water supply. These are serious issues and could require professional plumbing. For the record, here are some typical factors that can lead to low water pressure.
Plumbing is serious business. While we don’t take issue with taking a DIY approach to a problem, we want to make sure you know what you’re doing. At the very least, talk with someone that knows plumbing. We’ve seen too many small problems turn into big costly ones because someone found out they didn’t know what they were doing.