How to Increase Water Pressure in Your House

Tried everything? Learn how to increase water pressure with a water pressure booster pump.

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Introduction

Do you have low water pressure even though the pipes are new? There are several possible causes, but if nothing else works, install a water pressure booster at the water meter.

Tools Required

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Soldering torch
  • Tube cutter

Materials Required

  • Copper pipe and fittings
  • Flux
  • Solder
  • Teflon tape
  • Water pressure booster

Project step-by-step (5)

Step 1

Test your Water Pressure

  • Hook up the pressure gauge to an outside water spigot.
  • Turn on the water.
  • Read the instant reading.
    • Make sure the shutoff valves near the water meter are fully open.
    • If the reading is low, the city may be delivering water at a low pressure (less than 40 psi)
    • If your house is on city water, ask your local water department for a pressure reading.
  • A reading of 45 to 55 psi is ideal.

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Step 2

Pressure Booster

  • If your water department can’t deliver more pressure and you have a 3/4-in. or bigger copper or plastic water main coming into your house, consider installing a water pressure booster.
  • Water pressure boosters like the one shown here are available at home centers and online for about $900.

Pressure booster