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How to Increase Water Pressure From a Well

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There are a few considerations that will always be top of mind when dealing with a water well on your property, and one of these is water pressure. In particular, there are several things you can do to help increase your pressure if you’ve noticed that it’s lower than you’d prefer – some that speak to specific issues taking place within the well, but others that are just general in nature. 

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re happy to assist with every element of water well service, including comprehensive solutions for water well pumps that play a major role in regulating pressure and similar features. What are some common ways of going about increasing water pressure from your well, either on your own or with the help of our team wherever necessary? Here are some top suggestions.

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Upgrade to a Higher-Capacity Pump

One of the simplest and most effective ways of increasing water pressure is to upgrade to a higher-capacity pump. Depending on the specifics of your current well and water system, making the switch could have an immediate effect in terms of water pressure – especially if you’ve noticed a gradual decrease over time due to regular wear and tear.

When changing out your pump, there are several different sizes and models to consider based on the pressure you’re hoping to achieve, but our team can provide assistance in terms of making sure you get the right one for your needs.

Check and Clean the Tank Screens

If it turns out that your problem isn’t a lack of capacity on the pump side, then another potential issue is with the screens located on the water tank. Over time, these screens can become clogged with sediment and small stones, which means they don’t do as effective a job of letting air into the tank – another major factor in pressure regulation.

Taking the time to clean out and inspect your tank screens can make all the difference when it comes to managing pressure, and this is another area where our team can provide assistance if needed.

Adjust Pressure Tank Settings

In other cases, your fix will be relatively simple here: Your pressure tanks have not been turned up to their maximum or ideal settings, which is an easy enough thing to do. It’s also important that the tanks themselves have plenty of air in them, as this will help with keeping the pressure up – otherwise, you might end up with more water than air in there, and this can lead to lower pressure all around. In some cases, you may need to adjust both the tank settings and size, and this is yet another area where our team can provide valuable support.

The key metric here, one some of our clients are already aware of, is psi, or Pounds per Square Inch, which is a related measurement for water pressure. If you’re noticing that your psi is lower than it should be, then taking steps to increase the setting will likely lead to better performance from both your pump and pressure tanks.

Utilize a Constant Pressure System

If your issue is less to do with constant low pressure, and speaks more to water pressure that fluctuates more than you’d prefer during regular use, then a constant pressure system may be just the fix you’re looking for. These systems are designed to keep your water pressure at an even, consistent level no matter how much you’re using or when, and they can help with ensuring that all of your fixtures perform as expected without any issues whatsoever.

In fact, many well installers recommend a constant pressure system for every new well installation. This is because such a system makes it easier to keep your pressure at an ideal level, especially if you have multiple fixtures that need to be serviced. Our team can provide assistance with this as well, and we look forward to helping you out however possible.

Water Pressure Booster Pump Installation

Another possible solution, one that’s a bit more in-depth and involved than some of the others suggested here, is to install a water pressure booster pump. These pumps are designed to increase the available flow rate from your current well setup, leading to better performance overall – and as an added bonus, there will also be less wear and tear on your existing pump.

The installation process will be a bit different here, and you should always check with your local regulations to make sure that such an installation is allowed. However, once it’s done, the results can be dramatic – better flow rate and pressure in addition to improved water quality overall.

Check on Interior Components

Finally, there are some cases where low water well pressure has little or nothing to do with the well itself, and rather speaks to the components located inside your home. In this case, you’ll want to check on your pipes and valves, as well as any other fixtures throughout the house – things like shower heads or faucets might be blocked up or corroded, leading to lower pressure at each spot.

If all else fails, a professional inspection and repair job may be in order, and our team is more than happy to provide assistance here.

For more on how to increase the water pressure coming from your well, or to learn about any of our water well installation or rehabilitation services, speak to our team at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.