What causes low water pressure?

Written by

Tim Greenhalgh

Posted on

September 17, 2019

Low pressure can have a big impact on daily life at home, reducing water flow to just a trickle.

What’s more, some showers and heating appliances cannot function below some pressure levels, while everyday tasks like filling kettles, saucepans and bowls take much longer.

But what causes low pressure – and how can you work around it?

Pressure is simply the force that pushes water through the pipe system. Water pressure is measured in “bars”—one bar is equivalent to the force needed to drive water up to a height of 10 metres.

Where your home is built will also affect the degree of water pressure. The amount of pressure can depend on how high the service reservoir or water tower is above your home.

For example, if you live in a property built on the top of a hill, you may experience lower water pressure than someone living in the valley at the bottom of the hill.

With the increase in numbers of water meters being fitted across the country, there are concerns from some consumers that this will affect pressures but rest assured – this will not happen.

Low pressure causes

A number of things can cause low pressure, apart from where your home is sited, and remember the water supply company has a statutory duty to deliver a minimum 1 bar. However, it’s possible that you may experience lower pressures.

When demand for water is high, like in the mornings or early evenings, pressure can drop as more people turn on the taps, take showers, run baths and cook. You might also notice a pressure drop during the summer when people water gardens with sprinklers and hoses.

While this is the water company’s responsibility, it’s often not possible for them to respond adequately. And there might also be inadequate pumping facilities, water mains that are too small, and mains leaks or equipment failures, along with blocked pipes.

Effective solutions for low water pressure

With Hansgrohe “LowPressure” technology, problems with inadequate water flow are resolved to ensure can enjoy using water in comfort, in a wide range of conditions.

The company has been making the highest quality products since 1901, focusing on the very best in both form and function.

They have a range of mixers and showers that can cope with low pressure of a minimum 0.2 bar as well as taps that are specifically designed to function effortlessly in low-pressure areas.

Hansgrohe manufactures overhead showers for ceiling or wall mounting, shower valves and bath valves that can be combined with matching Hansgrohe hand showers.

Non-pressurised water heaters would require a low-pressure tap, and Hansgrohe’s extensive range of taps and mixers for kitchen and bathroom includes solutions for this.

Endurance tests

Hansgrohe’s commitment to excellence means that the company only use high quality materials approved for use with drinking water, and every part of every product is subject to intense endurance tests.

Hansgrohe product safety guidelines surpass industry specifications, and it offers result a 5-year manufacturer guarantee.

The company aims for simplicity, efficiency and making their customers’ lives easier.

With Select technology it’s simple when you shower to select the water source or jet type with a press of a button while AirPower is a shower innovation that uses air to create soft droplets.

Hansgrohe EcoSmart uses flow limitation to reduce water consumption by up to 60% and QuickClean is a time-saving solution – you simply remove limescale residue away with a rub of the thumb.

Durable quality and environmentally responsible production methods are central to Hansgrohe’s products and business ethos. it uses renewable energies, efficient recycling systems and heat recovery methods to support sustainability with environmental and climate protection.

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