11-06-2013 01:36 PM
How to get better water pressure in my home? Have you heard of LITTLE THIEF? Little Thief is an adapter to gain more pressure to your house. Anyone have an idea how to solve this problem? Thanks
11-07-2013 11:20 AM - edited 11-07-2013 04:35 PM
Decreased water pressure can commonly be a symptom in older homes with older faucets. Over time calcium can build up in faucets and clog the aerators in faucets. An erratic water stream can certainly be a sign of this. Replacing a faucets aerator can sometimes do the trick. Shower heads with erratic water stream can simply be replaced in 5 minutes and the problem can be fixed.
Most all houses have a water pressure regulator on them, where the water line comes into the house from the meter. I would recommend having the water pressure tested between the meter and the house and then after the pressure regulator in the house. Changing pressure on a pressure regulator can come with some consequences if the pressures exceed those recommended in your area.
My brother turned his pressure up on his regulator and it was fine for a few months until one night when the pipes burst and flooded his house and basement. The Home Depot does sell pressure gauges for the DIY'er but if there is any uncertainty then I might recommend calling in a licensed plumber to come up with a solution. You can swing by your local Home Depot and my plumber can help you with the best course of action.
Are you in an older house?
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11-08-2013 06:20 PM
Thank you very much for the information on fixing my slow indoor water pressure. Yes, I live in an older house. My house was built in either 1971 or 1972. I've lived here for 38 years. My water pressure is so slow that it takes an hour to fill my washing machine and there's not enough pressure to run the dishwasher. I've cleaned the aerators in the inside faucets and shower heads. It did not change the water pressure.
From the meter in front of the house near the sidewalk to an outside faucet attached to the building (house), not one drop of water comes out when the valve is turned completely on. Someone told me to use a snake and run the snake in the faucet as far as it will go. This sounds like it may work, but the pipes are 40 years old. I'm afraid I might break a hole in the pipe. I agree with you. I need to get the advice of a good plumber who is familiar with slow running water.
I will make a trip to Home Depot in New Tampa and talk with your plumber. Thanks, again, for your help.