Water pressure is something that you should check a couple times a year, to avoid any issues that can come from too high or too low pressure.
Testing your water pressure is easier and quicker than you think. In this post, we give you two simple ways you can test your water pressure.
For this, you will need a 1-2 litre measuring jug and a timer (your smartphone will do).
Set your timer to 6 seconds. Run your water on full into the jug and stop it once the 6 seconds is up.
Multiply the volume of water (in litres) by 10. This will give you the flow rate in litres per minute. Anything that is below 10 litres per minute is considered low. The ideal would be 15 litres per second.
For this, you’ll need a pressure gauge. These are simple devices that are inexpensive to purchase. Make sure that the pressure gauge you get measures in PSI (pounds per square inch) and has female hose threads so that you can screw it to a hose bib or a washing machine bib.
First step is to remove the hose from an outside bib and screw the pressure gauge onto it. You should be able to manually tighten it to get a good seal, however if it leaks, simply tighten it further with a pair of pliers.
This step is necessary in order to get an accurate PSI reading.
Next, turn your hose bib on to get your pressure reading. If you have a pressure regulator, it is common for them to have a maximum of 75 PSI. If you see that your reading is above this measure, consider replacing or repairing your regulator.
If you don’t have a regulator and have a measurement above 75 PSI, consider installing a regulator.