ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Get The Right Water Pressure Throughout Your Home with Balancing.

Updated on August 25, 2011
With improper design and plumbing the furthest outlets don't have adequate water pressure.
With improper design and plumbing the furthest outlets don't have adequate water pressure. | Source
By increasing the size of the main feed plumbing you can balance the water distribution more evenly.
By increasing the size of the main feed plumbing you can balance the water distribution more evenly. | Source


Get Great Water Flow throughout Your Home

Have you ever lived in a home where the water pressure was great in the basement but significantly lacking on the third floor? This is an all too common predicament in many homes and comes from a variety of problems. Many homes that were constructed too quickly or on a strict budget that often cut corners when it came to setting up the plumbing system. The results have been felt home owners every time they go to that far room for a shower or flush the toilet.

First we're going to assume your pipes are clear and clean and the water flows freely. If have Galvanized old pipes then the solutions that are explained here wont help you.

Let’s start at the beginning: The water line that comes into your house typically enters through the crawl space or basement. From there it branches out to pipes that deliver the water to the various rooms beginning with the closest rooms and eventually sending the flow to the rooms that are the furthest away.

As you can imagine by the time the water gets to the rooms furthest away there is often significantly less pressure in the system than there was when it started. This problem is due to unbalanced water feed system. It should also be noted that in a very general sense the water pressure coming from many city systems has deteriorated over the years as the infrastructure ages and underground pipes get leaky. So what happens is you have less pressure coming into the house than in years ago and now even less water pressure getting to your furthest room.

The best of the best plumbers practice the fine art of water balancing. The word "art" is used deliberately because there is a specific process and series of calculations required to balance a water delivery system. Very often the architects that designed your home didn't necessarily specialize in balancing the water system or care about it as much as the overall look of your home.

A water balancing specialist can measure water flow and pressure at each water outlet and determine where the strengths and weaknesses are with your system. They can then do a physical examination of your pipes to determine the current layout and calculate the correct methods to balance the pressure throughout the house.

Once an exam is done and any deficiencies are found there are multiple ways to rework your plumbing and bring the water pressure into balance. Many of these depend on how easy it is to access the existing pipes in your plumbing system.

In some cases the plumber may be able reroute the main lines that feed the pipes that run through your house. If the pipes can be connected in the center of your plumbing layout then a better balance can be achieved.

Another option is to replace piping at the origin of the system with larger diameter pipe that will carry more water to the center of the system and therefore deliver more pressure as it branches out to the smaller pipes running into bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms.

Either process may involve removing drywall or ceilings, to access pipes but it doesn't have to be a major project. And you can always speak with your plumber and ask him to improve the system with less invasive alterations that wont upset areas that you want to keep as is. In many cases, minor adjustments can significantly improve your water pressure in the poorly serviced rooms.

Finding a plumber that's experienced in water balancing can be a challenge in and of itself. If you ask any plumber they will say they can do it, but ask if they have a Flow meter in their tool assortment. Many plumbers don't. You may have to find a HVAC technician that also does plumbing to help you here. That's because many better HVAC techs that work on hot water heating systems use Flow meters to balance hot water heating systems using the same methodology.

So if you plan on staying in your home 4 or more years and you're frustrated with water that dribbles out of some far reaching spigot, then consider water balancing as a viable solution.

A balanced water delivery system isn't necessarily going to pay you back in dollars when you finally go to sell your home, but it will give you added comfort and enjoyment of your home for as long as you live there. And there is nothing as important as that.

Ken Bryan

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)