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Old 04-27-2009, 02:44 AM   #1
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I recently moved into a new home and our water pressure SUCKS. I know there is a bell valve down in the basement the main goes through. I made some slight adjustments thinking it was just turned down low but nothing changed. Is there anyway to boost water pressure in the home outside of the bell. I am guessing the underground water shutoff the water company messes with is off limits.

I turned the valve a few revolutions, I am guessing far enough to notice some change? I was afraid of unscrewing it until it came out if that's possible.

The water pressure at my old house was awesome, this really is depressing.

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Old 04-27-2009, 02:52 AM   #2
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depends on a couple things. one would be to find out how much build up you have in your lines. they could be full. could be the actual shutoff at the curb. or you could just have low pressure cause your at the end of the line. get a high efficency shower head can help fetting the feeling of higher water pressure if its in the shower your worried about. i have too high water pressure. i keep having to replace the crapper valve =(

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Old 04-27-2009, 02:52 AM   #3
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I'd ask what kind of pipes you have? I've seen old galvanized steel lines that are so corroded inside it makes you wonder how water got through them in the first place.

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Hot water pressure, Cold Water pressure, or both?

Do you have a hard water filtration system?


I would call the water company and ask if the person who checks your meter once a month could "call stop" i.e let you know when he will be by and he can check your "main stand valve".

When the dude shows up tell him about the valve in your basement and ask if he can "make sure you were turning it the right way" making sure you have home brew stored by the valve.

Now you can make a friend who works for the water company and will be able to give you advice for free beer.

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Old 04-27-2009, 03:21 AM   #5
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House is 4 years old, all copper piping. I don't know if we are at the end of a line, but we are not at the end of the street so it makes me think no.

We do seem to have fairly hard water (lots of soap scum and buildup very fast) the next report doesn't come out until June. (I use spring water to brew until then)

How much do you have to turn the valve to get it to make a noticeable difference? I am guessing several revolutions, which I did so it must not be it.

Oh and its both, but I was testing this all on the cold side. My daughters slip n slide doesn't even have enough pressure for the little sprayers to keep the surface soaked. Kids started freaking this evening so I got pissed and went in and started cranking the valve.

No filtration system, or softener, the only thing I have seen is a resevour on the hot side to keep from scalding during a toilet flush.

Thanks for the help!

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Adjusting the shutoff valve won't make any difference, it isn't a pressure regulator. If your neighbors don't have a problem, I'd call the water company, they can check the static pressure (no flow). If that is ok, then you have a blockage somewhere.

My house is higher than the water system's main tank and the water pressure can get so low in the summer, that I can't take a shower. The pressure was ok at night, so I installed a 25 gallon surge tank. It charges up when the pressure is higher and the back-flow preventers keep the pressure up.

(Some houses do have pressure regulators. Mostly in hilly areas. But, these are almost always down by the meter.)

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What size is the main coming in? Mine is 1" to the meter, then 3/4" after that and I can knock my kids off their feet with the hose running full open.

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I will go out and look today, I know its 3/4 on the inside of the basement. Also just emailed my water company to see if this was an area wide problem!

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If you are on municipal water, call the water company. They should have recorded the static water pressure to the meter at the time of install. From there, you could test teh static pressure at a hose bib. If they are significantly different or your city says the static is 60psi or greater, you have a pressure reducer somewhere.

Also, is the pressure crap throughout the house or just at a few spots? If the latter, it could be plugged sediment traps.

Not sure what the "bell" thing is. Could be a non-adjustable PR or a backflow preventer. Do you have a lawn irrigation system?

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Yes I have a lawn irrigation system, and yes its a problem at every faucet in the home. Showers suck, watering / washing things with the hose is crappy and you can't even use a stupid slip n slide that's gonna kill my grass. Don't get me started on filling up a cup at the fridge, ugh.

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