Easy Methods for Boosting Your Water Pressure

Published: 21 Sep 2023 ・ Read time: 5 mins
When your water pressure is too low, it can be really frustrating when you are taking a shower and the water pressure is so low that the water barely rinses the shampoo out of your hair.
It can be equally annoying when you want to wash dishes and the water is only trickling out of the tap.
We have all been in this situation. It can be fairly depressing when your shower is less powerful than your watering can.
Luckily, there are various ways to boost your water pressure - and we’re here to help you get your power showers and taps back in proper working order.
In this blog, we will discuss how you can boost your water pressure in your home and discuss in detail the different booster pumps available to consider.

What Causes Low Water Pressure?

There are many potential causes of low water pressure. The most common cause is having a leak in your plumbing system which would need to be identified quickly as this could cause a lot of water damage to your property. 
Pressure-reducing valves could be another cause for you to experience low pressure. This is because pressure-reducing valves, as the name suggests, are designed to keep the water pressure in your home from getting too high, which are typically fitted on the main water supply pipe. This undoubtedly can cause your water pressure to be too low if the valve has not been set correctly. 
Another common factor for low water pressure is simply based on how many of your neighbours currently have the water running, as you all draw water from the same water line. For example, if you use your water at peak times, say in the morning before work, you are more likely to have lower pressure than you would during the day.

Method 1: Pressure Boosting Pumps 

Investing in a Pressure booster pump is an excellent solution to increase the water pressure in your home.
Pressure booster pumps like the Stuart Turner Flomate range work by increasing your property's water flow rate and pressure. They help ensure that your showers, tap fixtures and appliances receive a steady and consistent high-pressure water supply. 
Pressure booster pumps can also be used to re-pressurise water from a tank. Say, for example, if you collect water from a tank using a rain harvesting system, the water would need to be pumped out of the tank in order for you to use it.
Booster pumps work just like a fan. Inside the pump, there will be blades which will rotate, causing a boost in air movement which in turn will boost the water pressure.
Booster pumps all have very significant components. Regardless of the manufacturer, the parts inside generally work the same. 
The components inside a pump will include a motor that is used to make the impellers spin to help move the water. They will be equipped with an inlet and an outlet, and finally, some models will have a sensor device to help to manage and maintain a level of water pressure.
It's always important to consult a professional plumber to determine the best course of action before installing a booster pump to ensure your plumbing system can handle the increased pressure.
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Method 2: Use Aerators on Tap Fixtures

One quick and simple method for boosting your water pressure is by using aerators. 
Aerators are small devices that screw onto the end of tap fixtures, like the Inventive Creations Aerator.
The Inventive aerators can fit onto almost any tap fixture that works by mixing air into the water stream, which will help to improve water pressure. They can also help by reducing the amount of water wasted when your tap is running.
Aerators are a great alternative and a simple solution if you want to avoid investing in a booster pump, and they are typically straightforward to install.
View our extensive range of aerators available.
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Method 3: Check Pipes for Leaks

If you are using your water and notice a drop in water pressure, it could mean there is a leak in one of your plumbing pipes that leads up to your tap fixtures or shower. 
Locating a water leak early is crucial as it can cause significant damage to your home or office if not spotted early enough. There are a few telltale signs to look out for if you suspect a water leak, such as;
  • Water stains on ceilings, walls or floors
  • Significant musty smell
  • Increased water charge
  • Notice a dripping noise
When faced with a water leak, the severity and location of the leak could determine the appropriate course of action. Fortunately, there are some simple solutions available for you to follow.
If, for example, you have access to where the leak is coming from, one easy method is to use a patch repair kit to seal the leak. 
Alternatively, if you notice a drip rather than a substantial leak you can use a quick fix method by using some leak sealer like the Fernox F4 Express, designed to seal more minor leaks on your central heating system.
Additionally, there is also a fast-acting silicon paste which can be applied to hot and cold water pipes as well as potable water.
In a previous article we discussed in greater detail about how you can spot a water leak much more easily. How to spot a water leak - 10 easy ways will show you the most common signs to watch out for.

Method 4: Avoid High-flow Shower Heads

One easy method for boosting your water pressure is by avoiding using a high-flow shower head.
High-flow shower heads are designed to increase the flow of water through the shower head for a more powerful showing experience. This is done by minimising the flow restriction and optimising the shower force.
While high-flow shower heads can provide a more complete shower experience, they in turn will use a lot more water than typical shower heads. 
This will also result in an increase in water waste while also putting more strain on your water system, meaning the next time you come to use your tap you will most likely notice a decrease in water pressure.
Instead, we recommend an easy-clean, highly reliable showerhead - such as the Mira Nectar Multi Mode Showerhead. It boasts 4 different spray modes to tailor your shower, and it’s incredibly resistant to limescale (which can further reduce your water pressure).
By following these easy methods we can boost our water pressure much more easily and avoid any unnecessary hassle.
This will allow us to enjoy a stronger and more consistent water pressure in our homes and businesses - without the unexpected drops in pressure.
City Plumbing experts are on hand if you require further information. Just get in touch or contact your local City Plumbing branch.

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