Re: How do increase water pressure to bathroom?
Posted by nicktheplumber on January 14, 2003 at 00:07:40:
In response to Re: How do increase water pressure to bathroom?
If the supply pipes were properly sized to begin with (which means that the bathroom pressure was good when the house was built), then your problem is clogged pipes (e.g. scale in galvanized pipe) or crud in the faucet fittings). Scale and crud tend to build up at 90 degree bends, such as the risers that come up through the floor. You didn't say that there were pressure problems elsewhere (kitchen, hose bibs in the back yard, etc.), but in my experience the problem you describe affects the entire house, it just isn't noticed as easily.

The first thing you should do is clean out any crud that may be in your faucets (this will require some minor disassemby). I that doesn't work, and especially if your house is more than 30 years old and has galvanized pipe, you will probably need to replace the supply lines with copper.

Many old houses have a main supply line in 1/2 iron pipe. This is inadequate. If that's the case, you should replace the main supply with at least 3/4" or 1" copper pipe, and run 1/2" branch lines to the water using rooms. It is a somewhat expensive fix, though you can save a lot if you can do it yourself. But it is a permanent fix.

: We jujst bought our 1st house, and we don't know much about these things. The water pressure in our master bathroom is really slow it take a LONG time to fill the tub, the shower sucks, and the sinks trickle. What should we do?

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