How to Increase Water Pressure in Your House

Tried everything? Learn how to increase water pressure with a water pressure booster pump.

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Introduction

Do you have low water pressure even though the pipes are new? There are several possible causes, but if nothing else works, install a water pressure booster at the water meter.

Tools Required

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Soldering torch
  • Tube cutter

Materials Required

  • Copper pipe and fittings
  • Flux
  • Solder
  • Teflon tape
  • Water pressure booster

Project step-by-step (5)

Step 1

Test your Water Pressure

  • Hook up the pressure gauge to an outside water spigot.
  • Turn on the water.
  • Read the instant reading.
    • Make sure the shutoff valves near the water meter are fully open.
    • If the reading is low, the city may be delivering water at a low pressure (less than 40 psi)
    • If your house is on city water, ask your local water department for a pressure reading.
  • A reading of 45 to 55 psi is ideal.

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Step 2

Pressure Booster

  • If your water department can't deliver more pressure and you have a 3/4-in. or bigger copper or plastic water main coming into your house, consider installing a water pressure booster.
  • Water pressure boosters like the one shown here are available at home centers and online for about $900.

Pressure booster

Step 3

Inspect your Pressure-Reducing Valve

  • Check for a pressure-reducing valve (PRV) mounted on your water main.
  • Most come set from the factory for 50 psi, but you can adjust them up or down by turning a screw on top.
  • PRVs can also go bad after 10 to 20 years. So if yours is old, it might be time to replace it.

Inspect your pressure-reducing valve diagram

Step 4

Call City Hall

  • Call your local water department to see if there's a problem with the pressure coming from the street to your house and with the recommended residential water pressure.
  • If you get your water from a private well, your well pump might be the cause of your pressure woes.

Step 5

Too MUCH water pressure?

  • If your pressure test shows more than 80 psi, make sure you have a working pressure-reducing valve and keep it set between 50 and 60 psi.
    • Pressure over 80 psi can cause you to waste water and the energy required to heat it. It can also damage water softeners, water heaters, faucets, appliances and seals.

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