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widescreentv

09:40PM | 05/20/06
Member Since: 05/20/06
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Bvplumbing
I own my house in Canada in Sk. One thing I noticed right away was the low water pressure.I figured it was the way the neighborhood was. Not to long ago I had the pleaseure of looking after my neighbors houses while they went away last Christmas. I noticed that they had awsome water pressure. Both of them. So I called the city out. They said it was the correct water pressure.

The lead in to the house is about 1-1.5 feet of 3/4 inch, then the meter (about one foot), and then 1/2 inch after that. The 1/2 inch is everywhere. The only thing that is 3/4 inch is the lawn sprinkler lines and that could be better to I would assume.

Should all the pipe right up to about a foot or so be 3/4 inch?

Would my problem most likely be the 1/2 inch?

I mean. It is something we can get by on but...it's just not...right. You know what I mean?

The inlet valve is a dial valve. I have heard of valves rusting and blocking the inlet before. You? Should I have this changed to a ball tap?

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Sylvan

07:02AM | 05/21/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1566 lifetime posts
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1- a half in line I personally would not use to pipe an entire home BUT I have seen it performed once in a great while.

Here is a link to a question someone asked me years ago about sizing piping

http://www.masterplumbers.com/plumbviews/1999/watersupply.asp

2- a gate type of valve was the old standard and depending on manufacturer what quality it is BUT they do have a problem with the gate being in the partically closed position and thus causing a major restriction.

You could also have a "dial up" globe type of valve and this type is really bad to have on a water main.

So replacing the main valve is a good place to start.

increasing the main line WILL NOT increase pressure it will however increase volume.

If your main supply is 60 PSI it does not matter what size pipe your using you will still get 60 PSI.

A lot of water meters do cause a severe pressure drop through friction loss and this could attribute to this problem your having.

Good luck...
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