Low water pressure can have an adverse effect on a wide range of domestic activities, from having a shower to watering the garden or pressure-washing the car. If low water pressure is a problem in your house, don’t despair. Boosting water pressure can be achieved and we have the products to do it.
What’s Causing the Low Pressure?
Firstly, you need to identify what is causing the low pressure. Some people find that the pressure is low throughout the year, but in some locations it varies from season to season, depending on the local water demand.
There is sometimes a tank in the loft which feeds water to the house, and this can take a long time to fill up. This means that the water pressure from your mains supply is low, and it isn’t strong enough to push the water through the system up to the tank at a decent flow rate.
Could Clogged Pipes, Leaks or Designer Taps be the Culprit?
The behaviour of the water that comes from for example, your shower, is determined by the combination of two factors: the water pressure and the water volume. Either or both of these factors may be the culprit.
You need to check that the stopcocks on the water pipes both within and outside the house are fully open. It may also be that some of your pipes are clogged up. If you have had any pipework renewed, check to see whether you are getting better water pressure from the taps connected to these pipes.
If you are, some of your older pipes may be clogged. You may need to ask a plumber to take some action, such as flushing the system with special chemicals to remove deposits.
It’s also wise to check for a leak, especially if you have a large property or one where the mains water supply crosses the garden. You may not be aware of a leak unless you have a water meter installed. Again, a plumber can check the pressure at various points to determine whether there may be a leak.
Some modern taps have lower flow rates and are specifically designed for use with high-pressure systems. If you have recently installed new taps and now find that the flow is not as good as it was, this could well be the reason.
If you have a mains pressure-fed hot water system, you may find that there is a pressure regulator just after your mains stopcock. It could be worth having this professionally checked to ensure that it is functioning correctly.
How Can You Boost Water Pressure?
In many cases, the issue is simply that the mains water pressure is low. The good news is that this can be addressed through the use of a special pressure boosting pump such as the Grundfos Home Booster, and the installation is not complicated or expensive.
The Home Booster is an electric pump which is specifically designed to increase water pressure. The Home Booster should be suitable for most homes, but if your home has several stories or is otherwise a very large property, you can team it up with a second unit. This also gives you some resilience because you can use the second pump as a back-up; useful if, for example, you have bed and breakfast guests.
What Models are Available?
The Home Booster is available as a 3 Bar or 4.5 Bar model. The 3 Bar pump can deliver up to 3.6 Bar pressure. It operates using a CM 3-4 I pump.
The 4.5 Bar version holds 200l of cold water and can deliver a pressure of 5.6 Bar with a flow rate of half a litre per second which means that you’ll certainly notice the difference.
These are reliable, robust pumps from a long-established brand. They have a handy control panel with indicators for the pump status and pressure, together with a reset button.
The system includes a pressure manager to ensure consistent performance, and if you want more water, you can add a 180-litre “slave tank” which is also available on this site. You can use this with both the 3 Bar and 4.5 Bar Home Boosters.
Will it Boost Your Enjoyment of Your House and Garden?
Better water pressure delivers a host of benefits. Baths fill more quickly, and showers are faster. You can wash your own car with clean water rather than using the expensive recycled water at the carwash. You don’t have to pay someone to jet-wash your patio. The list goes on.