What Causes Low Water Pressure in a House With a Well?

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When your home is experiencing weak water pressure, it can impact the functionality of your faucets, showers, tubs, and more. For those homeowners who rely on a well water system, it’s important to understand what can cause these water pressure issues in order to find a solution that restores your plumbing. In this article, the expert plumbers at Love Plumbing, Air & Electrical cover common causes for low-pressure well water, as well as how a licensed and trained plumber can help solve your issue.

What Is Water Pressure & Flow Rate?

Water pressure is measured in psi (pounds per square inch) and refers to the force of water moving from your well to the fixtures in your home. A proper level of water pressure is necessary to ensure that you can clean and bathe easily, but too much pressure can damage your pipes. 

Water pressure is directly tied to your plumbing system’s flow rate. Flow rate is the amount of water that comes out of your fixtures within a given time frame. This is typically measured in GPM (gallons per minute) and will be reduced when water pressure drops.

Causes of Low Water Pressure From Well Water

If you’re experiencing low water pressure, it could be due to one of a few common causes. To determine the appropriate solution for increasing the pressure, you’ll need to determine the root of the issue. Potential causes include:

  • Partially stuck valves
  • Weak well pump
  • Corroded well pipe
  • Clogged well pump
  • Malfunctioning pressure tank
  • Failed pressure regulator
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Solutions for Weak Water Pressure

To restore your water pressure, it’s best to call a professional plumber. They can offer you solutions including:

  • Pressure tank service: An expert can focus on components that directly impact water pressure, such as air fill valves, to ensure that your water pressure falls between 40 and 60 psi.
  • Pressure tank drainage: By draining the water from your tank, you can attempt to reset the pressure of your entire system.
  • Clog removal: Blockages in your pipes can result in reduced water pressure. A plumber can remove the sediment and minerals clogging the pipes to restore the appropriate water pressure.
  • Water softener installation: Your well water system can be sensitive to excess minerals and the buildup they can create. A water softener will remove these minerals to reduce your risk of clogs.
  • Constant pressure system installation: A constant water pressure system is installed on your water line to prevent pressures from dropping below 40 psi. 

Let Love Plumbing Solve Your Water Pressure Problems

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When you’re experiencing low water pressure from your home’s well, trust the experts at Love Plumbing, Air & Electrical to provide the necessary service and repairs to ensure your well is operating at peak performance. Our licensed, certified, and background-checked plumbers are experts in the field and offer service for all brands of equipment. Plus, with our same-day services, an 18-month labor warranty, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee, you can always have peace of mind when you choose our team!

Don’t let plumbing issues ruin your day! Schedule expert well services in the Columbia area today.

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