How To Deal With Low Water Pressure Problems


Low water pressure is a frustrating ordeal that 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. 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 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 labour 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 labour cost – keep in mind that every job is different.

DIY Option

By doing the job yourself, you can save on labour 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 labour 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 labour 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.