How Does Water Pressure Actually Work?

When you turn on the shower or open a faucet in your home, water flows out, and it’s got a bit of pressure behind it. But, why does this happen? What causes water pressure to ‘exist’, and how can we alter it to our benefit?

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Many people tend to overlook this amenity, not fully understanding how the process works or how it can be improved. Before taking water pressure for granted, here are a few things you should know about how it works.

Typically, your water is regulated from the city or town in which you live, and comes from a water tower which is often very high. It’s typically purified and pumped into your home. There’s also a mathematical equation related to the amount of pressure built up in your pipes which is based on the height of the tower, and diameter of your pipes, but isn’t usually the most accurate in newer homes.

A water pressure regulator in your home takes the incoming water and slows down the pressure before it hits your water meter. This is typically because most meters can’t handle the high pressure that comes from the incoming pipes.

In order to keep your water system up and running at its optimal level, it’s important to periodically have not only your plumbing checked, but your water meter,and pressure regulator as well. When the time comes to schedule maintenance, give Connectionz in Sandy, UT a call! We’ve been servicing homes for their plumbing and HVAC needs for over 30 years!