Tips and Tricks

How to Fix Low Water Pressure When You Have a Well System

Have you lost optimal water pressure in your home with a well system? Here are some tips to fix it.

The two major reasons for low water pressure with well systems are:

  1. Buildup in the plumbing due to hard water
  2. The pressure tank bladder is either failing or completely failed.  Also related to the pressure tank is a faulty or sticky switch.

Hard Water Build Up

Over time, that hard water can lead to some serious buildup in your pipes and fixtures. This can cause water pressure problems all over your house.

Homeowners with hard water often prefer to have some sort of water conditioning system. This could be a water-softener, filtration system, and purification system. Or a combination of the three. These can help cut down on the build-up of sediment and lime.

Unclog Your Fixtures

Showerheads and sink and tub faucets can get clogged with build-up from hard water. Disconnect your shower heads and let them soak overnight in distilled vinegar. You can also do the same with the aerators on your faucets.

Simply unscrew the aerator at the end of the spout and check it for any debris. You can scrub them with a toothbrush and soak them in a solution of white vinegar and water.

Adjust Your Pressure Tank

If your low water pressure isn’t being caused by hard water, your next step is to check your water well’s pressure tank.

The pressure tank controls the water pressure going into your home. It works by using a pressure switch to start and stop increasing water pressure.

PRO TIP:  Use a tire pressure gauge to measure the water pressure in your tank.  You first need to turn off the switch to your well pump and drain all of the water out of the well tank.  The pressure in the tank should be set at 2-psi less than the ‘turn on’ pressure for your well switch.  For example if you well pump comes on at 40-psi then the tank bladder pressure should be filled to about 38 psi.  

Your pressure tank has “cut-on” and “cut-off” pressure settings and is most likely labeled as such. When the water pressure in your tank drops below the cut-on level, the pressure switch activates and increases the pressure in the tank. Once the pressure hits the cut-off level, the switch turns itself off.  While these switches can be adjusted for on-off settings, it should be done by a plumbing or well contractor, and we would be happy to assist.

Need Help?

Hedlund Plumbing is just a phone call away. We help many homeowners with well systems improve their water quality and their water pressure with a variety of services. Contact us today for better water.

(800) HEDLUND > (800) 433-5863

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