What You’ll Need:

  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Pressure Gauge

If you discover a problem with the water pressure in your house, it might indicate that you have to make a couple of changes to the water pressure regulator. Most houses do not have an actual pressure regulator set up, however if you have one and it is not adjusted effectively, you might have either too much, or insufficient pressure in your faucet or shower. With the right devices, you will be able to adjust the water pressure regulator by yourself instead of employing a licensed plumber.

How To Change Your Water Pressure At Home

Step 1 – Locate the Supply Line
First you need to locate the water system line that provides water to your residence. Once you have actually found the line you will certainly be able to find the water meter. This is typically installed in the basement, if you have one. If you live in an apartment or a home on top of a crawl space in cooler environments, the meter is normally not in the crawl space as it might freeze, it may be under the cooking area sink or in an utility room.

Step 2 – Find the Valve (Regulator)
As soon as you have found the water meter, find the valve. The valve is made of brass and has a bell shaped mid-area with a medium sized screw at the tip of the bell. Make sure that your supply line has adequate pressure before adjusting the pressure valve.

Step 3 – Adjust the Screw
Now that you have located the valve and the screw, you need to loosen the locknut all the way with the wrench. The screw is your adjuster and it can be steered just by loosening the locknut. As you tighten the screw the water pressure ends up being greater and as you loosen the screw the water pressure reduces. Turn the screw clockwise to tighten it and enhance the pressure, or turn it counterclockwise to reduce the pressure.

Do not be too rash. You need to tighten the screw little by little, in slow increments. Examine the result each time you tighten up the screw. If the water pressure is too high, it could result in leakages and forcing the toilets to run all the time.

Step 4 – Check the Pressure
Once you have adjusted the screw the water pressure you need to check that it is now at an acceptable level. Inspect the faucets in your home to see if the pressure is now as you want it. Also be sure to check there is no leaking at the pipes.

If you find that after adjusting the pressure valve there is no significant enhancement, your valve might be defective and will need to be changed.

Changing a valve could be a bit challenging and it is usually best to seek help from an experienced, professional plumber.