So you are going for a cute vintage aesthetic in your home life, and you are living in your very own little house on the prairie fantasy. Even going as far as making your own butter and cheese. However, the water system in your little quaint abode is, shall we say, not as cute as the aesthetic. It is possible to have the vintage home experience coupled with a touch of modern plumbing, here is how to increase water pressure in your home.

Understanding Water Pressure in Older Homes

You see, the plumbing of the good old days was great (at the time), but it was not built with the same materials and may not have the same level of water pressure one would find in modern times.

The Charm and Challenges of Vintage Plumbing

Victorian-era homes have a lot of personality. Between ornate fixtures, unique nooks and crannies, and other characteristics that set them apart from modern builds, there certainly is an unparalleled charm to a home built more than 100 years ago. But all that charm can also detract from the home’s overall value, especially when it comes to the plumbing system. Out-of-date pipes and fixtures are prone to mineral buildup, corrosion, and other conditions, all of which can seriously impact a home’s water pressure.

Common Culprits of Low Water Pressure

There are a lot of potential causes of low water pressure in the vintage home. Pull of sediment inside of pipes, consequently closing them off imploring an amount of water to trick over the years. By the same principle, corroded pipes can leak imperfect water into the home.

Why Water Pressure Matters in Daily Life

Water pressure helps make our daily rituals convenient. Whether showering, washing dishes, or doing laundry, water needs to flow at a good rate so we aren’t waiting too long or have to deal with the frustration and inconvenience of inefficient cleaning. If water pressure is low, it could be a sign of troubling water pressure issues that need to be addressed.

DIY Diagnostics and Quick Fixes

Fortunately, most causes of low water pressure are easy to fix. You can troubleshoot and (in some cases) make the necessary adjustments on your own.

Check for Leaks and Clogs

Before you start down an expensive road with the solutions mentioned in the previous section, it’s best to exhaust the simple DIY approaches to fix water pressure. Sometimes, fixing a faucet or cleaning down a showerhead is the only thing preventing your water pressure from returning to normal.

Inspect and Clean Aerators

One of the quickest and easiest ways to fix a lack of water pressure is to take the aerators off of faucets. A small mesh screen, they are on the end of faucets, and you can easily screw them off and then clean them by soaking them in vinegar. Obstructions should quickly dissolve, making this a very easy (and money-saving) solution to quickly fix a top-pressure issue.

Adjust Your Pressure Regulator (If Applicable)

In some cases, your vintage home might have an adjustable pressure regulator, which can also help you quickly solve your water pressure issue. Typically located near the main water line, you can adjust the regulator to quickly install the right pressure to meet your home’s needs.

Upgrading for a Modern Flow

In most cases, the best solution seems to be upgrading the plumbing system. Modern technology can often fulfill your needs.

Replace Old Pipes and Fixtures

If you live in an older home and are struggling with water pressure, be prepared to invest in some upgrades to solve the problem. By installing copper, PEX, or another modern pipe material, you can typically realize substantial improvements in water flow. The same goes for upgrading new water lines and other components.

Install a Water Pressure Booster Pump

This next one is for homes that have a constant struggle with water issues. Your solution? The perfect booster pump. These pumps take the pressure up a notch, making sure water is delivered with lots of power. While the initial cost of one of these devices can be pricey, these pumps optimize the way water moves through pipes, providing a consistent stream of water whenever it’s needed. 

Consider a Whole-House Water Filtration System

Whole house water filter systems can help improve water pressure and extend the life of your appliances. By removing particles and scale buildup that can lead to clogged pipes and fixtures, these systems can help water flow more freely and prevent as much excess strain on your plumbing.

Boosting the water pressure in an older home not only improves your daily life but also protects your investment in a historic house. With a few of the tricks and fixes mentioned here, you can have the best of both worlds: the elegance and practicality of an antique home and decent water pressure.