City water pressure and volume question
It seems ever since a developer turned a single family house into a row of townhouses my water pressure has dropped. I spoke with a couple of my neighbors and they have the same problem. One neighbor had their water main replaced and said it fixed their problem, but I don't know to what extent.
I have about 30-35 psi at my spigot which is about 10 feet from the meter. I can barely use 3 appliances at the same time and notice a tremendous drop with the sprinkler on.
I was going to ask my neighbor if I could see what their water pressure was before I called someone in to install a new main. A friend of mine borrowed my guage and measured 70psi a few towns over.
1) What is a reasonable psi and how many gpm?
2) If I installed a water pressure booster pump (cheaper than a main) would the volume affect the performance?
3) Besides checking the gpm and psi, what else could I check?
What size pipe do you have coming into the house?
How far is the house from the road or water main?
What size are the pipes inside the house?
30-35' from the inside water meter to the street
The pipes inside start with 1 or 3/4 then gradually work their way down to 1/2. In fact, I can see in the basement that before any pipes leave the basement area they are 1/2".
Also, the house has 2 1/2 baths, clothes washer (on the 2nd floor), dishwasher. 2 story about 2200 sq ft.
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