Water Pressure - Understanding Water Pressure

Water pressure is a crucial aspect of our daily lives, often taken for granted. Whether it's for showering, cooking, or doing laundry, water pressure ensures a steady and efficient flow of water. In this blog post, we will delve into the world of water pressure, exploring the impact of both high and low water pressure on our plumbing systems and everyday activities.

Water pressure refers to the force exerted by water as it flows through pipes and fixtures. It is crucial for delivering water to our homes reliably and efficiently. Several factors influence water pressure, including:

Gravity and elevation

The height or elevation of your property can affect water pressure. Higher elevations generally experience lower water pressure due to gravity's downward pull. Properties located at lower elevations often have better water pressure.

Water source and supply system

Tank systems are highly dependent on the capacity and level of water in the tank, which can fluctuate depending on rainfall and usage. On the other hand, mains supply systems provide water directly from the central water network. The water pressure in mains supply is typically higher and more consistent due to the use of pumps and a controlled distribution network.

Pipe diameter and material

The diameter and material of pipes in your plumbing system play a role in water pressure. Narrow pipes or those with restrictions may result in lower pressure, while wider pipes allow for higher pressure. Materials like copper or PEX tend to maintain pressure better than older galvanised steel pipes.

How to improve your water pressure

There's nothing quite as frustrating as turning on the faucet or shower only to be greeted by a weak, dribbling flow of water. Low water pressure can be a constant annoyance, affecting daily activities such as showering, cleaning, and even watering the garden. 

If you're primarily concerned about improving your shower experience, a high-pressure shower head can be a cost-effective solution. These shower heads are specifically designed to optimise water flow and pressure, providing a more satisfying shower. They can make a noticeable difference even without major plumbing upgrades.

Additionally, there is a solution that can transform your water experience - upgrading from low pressure to mains pressure.

Benefits of mains water pressure

Enhanced shower experience

One of the most noticeable benefits of mains pressure water is the revitalising shower experience it provides, especially when paired with a great shower handpiece. Say goodbye to feeble streams and lacklustre showers. Mains pressure water creates a more invigorating flow, allowing you to thoroughly rinse the shampoo from your hair, relax your muscles, and enjoy a spa-like experience in the comfort of your own bathroom.

Improved cleaning efficiency

When it comes to household chores, having mains pressure water can be a game-changer. Whether you're washing dishes, doing laundry, or cleaning surfaces, mains pressure water makes these tasks significantly easier and more efficient. The increased force of the water helps to remove dirt and grime more effectively, reducing the time and effort required to achieve sparkling results. Mains pressure water can even help you maintain the cleanliness of outdoor spaces, such as driveways and patios. Experience the difference for yourself with our range of kitchen mixers and laundry tubs.

Water conservation

Surprisingly, upgrading to mains pressure water can also contribute to water conservation efforts. With low pressure water, you often need to use more water to achieve the desired results. However on mains pressure, due to higher water pressure, you can accomplish the same tasks using less water due to its increased efficiency. By upgrading, you can reduce your water consumption and contribute to a greener, more sustainable future.

How to upgrade to mains pressure water

Check for plumbing issues

Before upgrading to mains pressure, it's essential to ensure that your plumbing system is in good condition. Leaks, clogs, or faulty valves can negatively affect water pressure. If you notice any problems, it's advisable to consult a professional plumber to address them before proceeding with the upgrade.

Let us help

Don't let low water pressure dampen your daily routine. Upgrading to mains pressure water can bring many benefits, from higher water pressure for invigorating showers to efficient cleaning and water conservation. Contact us today, and we can offer tailored solutions to meet your specific needs. We can also connect you with a trusted plumber who can assess your water supply, and identify any issues affecting water pressure.

Don't hesitate to take control of your water pressure and enjoy an optimal water experience in your home.



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