High Water Pressure
Water pressure within the Legacy Plumbing service area ranges from 60-125 pounds. High water pressure can be controlled by the installation of a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) on the homeowner’s side of the water meter. If you already have a PRV and are still seeing high water pressure, it may need to be adjusted or serviced. The recommended water pressure, especially if you have a water softener or a sprinkler system, is 80 pounds.
Low Water Pressure
Is the problem occurring at every faucet/fixture?
If not, the problem could be a clogged aerator. Check the screens for rust or other particles that could be blocking the flow and clean/replace the aerator as deemed necessary. In single handle faucets, the issue could have several different sources: the mixing valve cartridge is broken, the water supply line is kinked or the shut-off valve is partially closed.
Is the pressure the same for both hot and cold water?
If only the hot water side is being affected, the problem could be with your water heater. Check the shut-off valve located next to the water heater to make sure it is not closed.
Do you have a water softener?
Put the softener on the bypass to see if the pressure increases. If the pressure increases, the problem is likely in the water softener.
Do you have a pressure –reducing valve (PRV) on your property?
You can find the Pressure Reducing Valve on your side of the water meter. If you do have a PRV, it may need to be adjusted or serviced.
Is your customer valve fully open?
This valve is usually located on the homeowner’s side of the water meter that allows you to turn off the water to your home.
Low water pressure can also be a sign of a water leak somewhere on your property. If you have issues with your water pressure, give us a call here at Legacy Plumbing at 972-801-9798. We are always here to answer your questions and assist you in any way that we can.