If you live in the house which is far from the urban centers, most likely you have to rely on a well for your domestic use.
Unlike water supplied in the cities which comes with a pressure of 60 PSI, water from a well comes with lower pressure. For most people figuring out how to increase water pressure in the shower with well-water is frustrating.
Having constant water pressure is vital because you don’t have to limit water usage in the house. For example, you can water your garden daily or whenever you want. You can shower as someone the dishwasher or washing machine is running. Low water pressure might cause appliances like dishwater to break down because of lag in pressure.
What triggers low water pressure?
- The lowing of water level inside the well because of an ongoing drought.
- Pressure pump is installed far from the house
- Lower water level because of heavy usage of well’s water, especially when doing construction work
- Clogged pipes because of accumulation of minerals inside the pipes.
- The height of the building affects water pressure upstairs
- Damaged valves
Low pressure may because of clogged pipes or faulty pump settings. You should only try to adjust pump pressure once you are sure that low pressure is not as a result of clogged pipes.
When you are using a well, water pressure is determined by pump pressure setting. The pump pressure setting should never be adjusted to go above 60 PSI. Otherwise, it might lead to the damaging pipes because of high pressure. Before spending your hard earned money changing pumps and adjusting pressure control, you should ensure that low pressure is not because of clogged pipes.
Once you rule out clogged pipes, Turn off the circuit breaker that provides the well-pump with electricity to protect yourself against an electric shock as you are adjusting the pump.
Determine where the air fill valve is in the pressure tank. After locating the air valve use, a pressure gauge (like the one used for tires) measure the pressure coming out of the tank.
How to increase water pressure in the shower with well-water?
- Increasing the pressure tank PSI, if the gauge is showing a reading of below 60 PSI. The pressure should never go above 60 PSI to prevent damaging pipes and valves in the system.
- Installing Constant pressure System, if you detect that pressure from the shower head reduces when another faucets or appliances are running consider installing a constant pressure system is typically installed at the point where water enters the house. What this system does is to increase the speed of the water pump when the demand for water is high.
- Replacing the pump with a more powerful pump which has a higher capacity and speed.
- Adding Pressure tank capacity to increase pressure to meet high demand.
- Removing the flow regulator from the shower head to increase pressure when showering.
- Replacing clogged pipes
Low water pressure for the shower only
If you have low water pressure in the shower, but good pressure in the recent of the house, that might indicate you have a problem with your shower head. Some of the solution available include the following
- High-pressure pressure shower head
- Removing shower regulator from your shower head.
High-Pressure shower Heads
If You only need to increase the pressure of in your shower, you should consider buying a high-pressure shower head. High-Pressure shower heads are shower heads designed to increase the speed of the water as it comes out. The high-pressure shower head does not increase the flow rate of water they only increase the speed of water coming out of the shower head.
How to remove flow regulators in a showerhead.
The law in the united states requires that all showerhead should be installed with a flow regulator to conserve water. But you can quickly remove the flow regulator increase the water coming out. Some shower head manufactures manual comes with instructions on how to remove flow regulators just read check the manual, and your manual does not have the instruction just google. Once you retouch the shower head, the flow regulator has a different color. It may be red, blue or red, and you can quickly locate it.
Remember, if you have clogged pipes, increasing water pressure won’t help to improve your shower pressure. Therefore, before adjusting your pump ensure your pipes are clean, and all the valves are working correctly. You should also consider installing a constant water system to stabilize the water pressure in your house.