How Does Water Pressure Work?

Water pressure is the force that moves water from reservoirs and other facilities to our homes and businesses, through pipes and plumbing. The pressure pushes the water through the pipes and out of the faucets whenever we turn them on. Pressure can change based on how much water is being used at any given time, and the location of your water tower.

Depending on how high the water tanks are, the pressure is greater, with water pressure being measured in bars of 10 meters. Pressure can be measured through gauges and a device called a hydrostatic test pump, in order to help determine if pressure is too high or too low.

The test pumps test the pressure of water systems through a test. Water is colored with a dye and then pumped into the system at a specific pressure. If the system can handle the amount of pressure, then it is often cleared and working as normal. If it can’t, or there are leaks along the line, this shows the owners of the system that it needs to be repaired.

hydrostatic test pump

The pressure inside of water towers is often very high, far too high for residential areas, so regulators are installed to ensure that the pressure entering your home is of a manageable level. Opening a faucet shouldn’t cause an explosion after all!

Without any pressure, the water would just stand still, and having a damaged pipe or faucet along the line can cause the pressure to become too high. Then the water bills can pay the price for it, which is why homeowners should be aware of the water pressure in their homes, as well as any spikes in the pressure.

The pressure that keeps water moving through pipes shouldn’t be overlooked or taken for granted, so keep that in mind the next time you turn a faucet.