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How to Improve Water Pressure From a Well

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    LESLIE: Now we’re going to talk to Jim in Wisconsin.

    Jim, what’s wrong? How can we help?

    JIM: I have a question about water pressure in my house. My wife and I just bought a house here about a year ago and moved from the city out to the country and we’re on a well for our water supply and sewer for our waste.

    LESLIE: And is life much simpler in the country?

    JIM: Yes, it is. (Tom chuckles)

    LESLIE: OK, good.

    JIM: Lot less quiet.

    TOM: And probably a lot less pressure than what you’re used to dealing with on that water because well water never has the pressure that city water has and that’s what you’re used to.

    JIM: Exactly.

    TOM: Well right now, can you run three fixtures at a steady pressure?

    JIM: Yeah.

    TOM: OK. There’s a couple things you can do. You can increase the size of the pump. You can also perhaps think about putting in a larger pressure tank. You know, the decision on that is really going to depend on what kind of well you have and I really can’t tell you that right now. The other thing I would check is, just before you go through the steps, make sure you check the obvious which is to make sure that your main water valve has not been left like three-quarters open instead of fully open and that you’ve checked all of the screens at all of the faucets to make sure they’re not obstructed by rust which often gets into well water, so that you’re getting everything that’s supposed to be coming out of the ground.

    JIM: OK. Sounds good.

    TOM: Alright, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT, 888-666-3974.

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