Watering your garden with a low-pressure garden hose can be time-consuming and tiresome. Increasing water pressure will unquestionably make your life a lot easier. It also allows water to go deeper, paving the way for a more efficient irrigation system so that your overall gardening experience is a lot more enjoyable.
Low-pressure problems are almost often caused by the hose itself, as you’ll see. But, it’s also possible that the problem lies with the spigot or even the water in your home. This article will deal with the source of the problem and provide you with a detailed tutorial on how to raise water pressure in your garden hose.
Causes of low water pressure
It is simple to solve the problem once you understand the cause. Consider the following:
1. Main water valve
We often forget to fully turn the main valve, resulting in a low-pressure hose. In this situation, double-check whether you’ve completely opened the valve.
2. Length of the hose
The flow of water in the garden hose is determined by the hose’s inside diameter, hose’s length and water pressure.
As such, if you use a longer hose, the water flow rate is likely to decrease. That is why experts advise that everyone use a standard-length hose.
3. Busy hours
You may experience a water pressure problem if you water the garden during such times when the demand for it appears to be high. Mornings and evenings are typically the busiest times for water because demand peaks then. Change your watering schedule to see if busy hours have an impact on water pressure.
4. Hose leak
A leak in your hose is the most typical reason for low pressure. Begin by fully stretching the hose and laying it flat on the ground.
Then, turn on the outdoor water tap and move the hose along the ground to see if any water is leaking. Get close to the hose because these leaks might be quite small and even appear as a mist. It’s possible that you’ll have to lower your gaze to the ground. If a leak is discovered, a rubber patching kit can be used to fix the problem.
5. Garden tap
Do you regularly check the garden tap before watering your plants? The clog in your tap is one of the most obvious causes of low pressure. If that’s the case, try replacing or repairing it to boost the garden hose pressure.
6. The hose is loosely connected to the nozzle
Check the nozzle part first to determine if the hose is fully connected to the garden tap. Improper connections might result in a reduction in hose pressure. If you notice any leaks, tighten the connection to resolve the issue.
Check any other connections to which your hose is connected. If you’re using a splitter, for example, make sure that everything is secure in place.
Remove the hose from the nozzle and spigot by turning it off and unscrewing it. After that, reattach them. This will remove any obstructions that were stopping the water from flowing freely.
Some toxins may be present in the water you use for your garden. If you use greywater, for example, the problem may become more common. Such toxins can jam a garden hose and reduce pressure. The simplest solution here is to keep an eye on the water quality. By doing so, you can get rid of the pollutants ahead of time.
8. Twisted hose
The hose may have gotten twisted if you were using it and the pressure suddenly reduced. Look for any bunched-up spots, kinks or blockages as you closely inspect its shape. Check to see if smoothing and straightening the hose will address the issue. Check the rolled piece of your hose as well if it’s on a reel. If hoses aren’t coiled up properly, they can twist up on the reel.
How to boost water pressure in your garden hose
Let’s see what you can do to turn this problem around, shall we? Take a look!
1. Turn off all water taps and then test the water pressure
Find your home’s main water source first. This is normally in the basement, although it can also be somewhere outside.
Turn off all water taps and other water sources in your home. Then, attach a pressure gauge onto the nozzle at your main water supply.
Twist the nozzle’s valve counterclockwise and then take the pressure gauge‘s reading as a measurement. If your main water supply does not have a nozzle, locate the nearest tap and install the gauge there.
2. If your home’s water pressure is low, raise it
Low hose pressure might occur if your home’s water pressure is less than 45 psi. Pressure levels will usually range from 40 to 60 psi, with an ideal range of 45 to 55 psi. Anything less than 45 psi will result in a low-pressure problem.
To raise the pressure, use a wrench to spin the bolt of the valve. Working in quarter-turn increments, check the pressure after each adjustment. Stop when you’ve reached the desired level of pressure.
Instead of bolts, certain valves may feature screws on the top. If this is the case, use a screwdriver to turn the screw, but make sure that the pressure isn’t more than 60 psi. Hose pipes are unable to withstand a pressure level of more than 60 psi and may burst. If you are unable to change the pressure on your own, contact a plumber.
3. Install a high-pressure nozzle if the water pressure is normal
If your home’s water pressure is adequate, then you can increase it with a high-pressure nozzle which is a simple and quick repair. You can find a variety of models and different sizes in garden and hardware stores.
Fire hose nozzles with a thin, long tube are typical high-pressure nozzles. The water is concentrated and so the pressure will dramatically increase.
Only use a high-powered nozzle for applications that actually need it. If you use it on fragile plants or flowers, you may end up damaging the whole plant. After all, watering your plants the right way is always important.
4. Connect your hose to a water pump to increase the pressure
Consider using a water pump instead of a new nozzle, which is usually made of stainless steel. Pressure washers are also similar to these gadgets.
Connect the pump to the end of the hose. Then, for a stronger stream, connect the pump to an outlet and use the water hose attached to the pump.
If you require additional pressure for larger operations, including spraying long distances or pressure-washing your home, you can use a pump. Some DIY pumps also run on gas rather than electricity. There are many different types of pressure booster pumps available at differing rates. Pumps with more features, such as pressure settings, spray styles, hose length, and durability, are more expensive.
Maintenance tips and suggestions
1. Check the water pressure on a regular basis
After you’ve completed the preceding steps, you should monitor the pressure in your garden on a regular basis.After installing the pressure boosting gadgets, we are confident that you will not experience any low-pressure issues. But, as they say, “prevention is always better than cure.”
Regular water pressure tests might help you avoid future problems. Installing a pressure gauge on the spigot or garden tap is highly recommended. The ideal pressure is between 45 and 55 psi, so you can be on the lookout and can instantly notice if the pressure drops so that you can fix it straight away.
2. Install a booster to increase water pressure to the hose
You can install a water pressure booster if you have low water pressure because of a valve issue or poor water supply. This can certainly help over the long term.
These units are a little pricey and are connected to your home’s main water supply. The machine will practically raise your overall pressure above 30 psi, and depending on the model, it may even reach as high as 50 psi or more.
3. Consider spray attachments
They are very cost-effective and can increase pressure while also protecting your hose. Although this may appear to be a common method of watering the plants, no one can deny that these attachments can boost pressure within a hose. You can also alter the water pressure on some of the sprays.
4. Move your garden hose to lower elevations
Keep in mind that water pressure drops rather quickly. This means that even a slight elevation difference between your water line and the hose it supplies might result in a significant change in the pressure available to your hose.
Ensure that your water line is at a higher angle than the hose. If it isn’t, one of the simplest methods to improve water pressure is to raise it slightly in contrast to the sprinkler system (or lower the water pipes supplying the sprinklers).
If you leave your water line below the level of your sprinkler system, you’ll have to deal with it later when you can’t obtain the water pressure you want, no matter how many modifications you make.
If you follow all of the tips we outlined in this article, you can rest assured that you will not have any water issues in the future. Gardening is a lot of fun, so don’t let your plants die just because of poor watering!