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How To Find Out Your Water Pressure

Learn how to check your home's water pressure by identifying exactly what water pressure system you have in less than a minute.

If you purchase a new kitchen tap or bathroom tap without knowing your water pressure, there is the possibility that you could end up with a weak dribble coming from your new tap. In order for taps to in your bathroom or kitchen sink perform to their true potential, you need to know your mains water pressure.

How is water pressure measured? 

Water pressure is measured in ‘bar’, and generally speaking, anything 0.3 bar or below requires a low water pressure tap or shower, and anything at 1.0 bar or above requires a high water pressure tap or shower. There is no middle ground.

What is the normal mains water pressure?

Normal water pressure is around 1-1.5 bar, however, it will depend on your heating system, the area you live in, the location of the tap or shower in the house, and so much more. To check the water pressure in your home, make sure to keep reading for our simple 3-step guide to calculate bar water pressure.

If you follow these 3 simple steps to find out your home's water pressure, you will soon be on your way to having a fully functional water provider for many years to come.

Step 1: Why do you need to know your water pressure?

  • Different taps and showers require different water pressures in order to function to their true potential.

  • Each house has its own water pressure system, and whichever one you have will determine the water pressure that your taps and shower will require.

Step 2: How do you check your water pressure?

Low Water Pressure System

  • Gravity System (Regular Boiler)

- Cold water tank usually in the loft.

- Hot water cylinder usually in the airing cupboard upstairs.

- Commonly, the water pressure on the first floor will be 0.2 bar or less. On the ground floor there is a possibility the water pressure could be 0.5 bar.

High Water Pressure System

  • Combination Boiler (Combi Boiler)

- Generally installed in your kitchen near where the cold mains water enters your property.

- Water pressure will typically be between 1-2 bar.

  • Unvented Water Cylinder (System Boiler)

- Can be installed anywhere (garage, airing or storage cupboard).

- Typically indirectly heated by a boiler or solar panels, or directly fueled by electricity, gas or oil.

If you are still unsure about your water pressure, a plumber will be able to have a look and tell you.

Step 3: Which taps and showers can you have for your system?

High water pressure systems can typically work well with any tap or shower that you desire, so please, browse our range of kitchen taps, bathroom taps and showers

At Tap Warehouse we have a wide selection of low water pressure taps and showers:

For more details about low water pressure taps and an extensive list of some of the best low pressure taps we offer, have a read of one of our most popular articles: Discover the best low water pressure taps for you.

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