How To Effectively Deal With Low Water Pressure Problems


The irritation of low water pressure is something all homeowners have to deal with once in a while. This frustrating ordeal makes simple day activities such as taking a shower or cleaning the dishes quite time-consuming and irksome.

As water flows through the pipes to our houses, it loses a significant amount of pressure due to friction from inside the system. The most common cause of low water pressure has nothing to do with your home piping system. More often than not, this problem is caused by a malfunction in your local municipal water supply e.g. due to leakages of build-ups along the main pipe. Besides that, debris and mineral build-up in your home’s pipes can create a blockage that can eventually reduce pressure. Another common culprit, though less evident, is building height. Normally, homes that are built uphill tend to face the problem of low pressure more than ones built downhill.

Solving the problem

Identifying the cause of the problem using DIY methods may sometimes help in solving the issue. However, in some instances, you will have to call in a waterline professional to identify and deal with the issue. Normally, installing a pressure booster tank helps solve the issue and for this you need to bring on board an expert who is familiar with the dynamics of the job. Normally a new tank may cost anywhere between $689 and $950. A new pump may cost in the range of $1000 and $1200. Adding the cost of labor and other components, you can estimate the overall cost of installing a water pressure booster system to be around $3000. This of course is dependent on the size of the tank, type of pump and local labor cost – keep in mind that every job is different.

DIY Option

By doing the job yourself, you can save on labor cost and work at a time that is more convenient for you. However, this can be too demanding and time consuming. Besides that, you may not possess the right tools and skills necessary to get the job done.

 By hiring a plumber you can enjoy some of the following benefits:

*Thorough analysis of the problem before a solution is implemented

*Speedy completion of the task at hand

*Competitive labor cost which might actually be cheaper compared to the time you would spend in a DIY project

*In case something goes wrong during the project, the plumber will bear full responsibility for it

Watch out for companies with questionable credentials. Also, make sure to have estimates from at least three companies before selecting one.

By doing the job yourself you might save on labor cost. However, you might end up paying heavily in case something goes wrong during and after the project. Unless you have the skills that are required for this job, always call in a plumber to do the job for you.