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November 15, 2018 - Karl Yeh

If you just bought a new home, do you have low water pressure? Is that normal? In this episode, we discuss what is considered normal water pressure, does water pressure fall in line with the city's pressure and how to raise your water pressure.  

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Hi, everyone. Karl Yeh here, and welcome to another Homebuyer's School video, a channel where you get the latest strategies, tactics and tips from home buying experts. Remember, if this is your first time on this channel and you want to get the latest strategies from the experts, hit the subscription button below. Hit the little notification bell so you don't miss anything. [00:00:30]

Today I'm talking with Kurt Gibson, Director of Field Operations with Brookfield Residential. The topic we're going to cover today is new home and water pressure.

Kurt,

What is considered normal water pressure in a new home, to start with?

Kurt Gibson:                

Typically, in the Calgary market, why, actually, any market, is around the 60 psi, so pressure per square inch, is where it is. I mean, it can go up as high as 80.

They suggest anything over 80 is not safe. But it can fluctuate.

Certainly, in a new home community it can fluctuate based on the development. [00:01:00]

Remember, when you're putting more houses in and you have all that changes?

Karl Yeh:                       Yeah. Of course, yes.

Kurt Gibson:                

There's going to be some adaptation to that.

I think that's where a lot of people get a little frustrated when they move in until the development's done, is they'll find that their water pressure can fluctuate.

Once the development's done it should be pretty consistent.

Karl Yeh:                      

Let's say you move into a brand new community and you're one of the first homes. Then, as the development happens, do you notice your water pressure decreasing or increasing?

Kurt Gibson:                

It can be both, yeah, for sure. [00:01:30] I think it more common that it decreases, just because it can go on and off. But certainly it can fluctuate between the two based on development.

I mean, you have to remember they're testing other homes. They're building other homes. They're adding to it. Then, there's obviously some adjustment going on.

It's like anything else. I mean, if you had a water hose and somebody else is playing with the shower or whatever else and doing all kinds of things, there's going to be some regulation that's going to have to occur to try and get it back to normal.

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Karl Yeh:                      

Does your water pressure mostly fall in line with the average city's water pressure?

Kurt Gibson:                 [00:02:00] It does. Yeah, yeah.

Karl Yeh:                       You mentioned it was about 60 to around 80, around that?

Kurt Gibson:                

I think 60's the right number. I mean, they don't want to go as high as 80. Sometimes it can be 45. I think the biggest thing you want to be able to do is ... with water pressure is, I mean, it's pretty common sense. If you don't have good flow it could be a problem. Or you get air bubbles, constantly get air bubbles or something like that in your water lines, that could be a sign that things aren't working well.

Again, it's we're a man-made product. There's no guarantee that there isn't an issue. I mean, sometimes you can see leaks occur. [00:02:30] Sometimes your taps and faucets need to have ... there's regulators on them.

They need to be adjusted from time to time. Those kind of things have to be done. It's pretty common.

How do I increase water pressure in my home?

Karl Yeh:                      

What happens, though, if you notice your home pressure ... I mean, your water pressure is below average and it's been below average for a while. What are some of the steps you can take to try to bring that back up to normal?

Kurt Gibson:                

Well, again, I mentioned the first basic ones are really to ... I would start with your taps to make sure that there's the filters are the ... that need to be adjusted. [00:03:00] Sometimes that can help. But there could be clogged ... Even on a kitchen tap, they have the filters at the top. If you unscrew them, sometimes there can be things in there. I mean, especially through new home construction there could be debris that gets in the water lines and sometimes takes time to get out.

Take the filter out, clean it out. That'll improve it.

There's other things.

Check for leaks. Make sure that you don't have any leaks because that obviously would be a ... affect the pressure that you have in there.

Then, if it becomes serious and you can't find anything else you might have to contact either the city or whatever else to check your main pressure line and make sure that your neighbors aren't having the same issues and determining whether that's a concern [00:03:30] or not.

Karl Yeh:                       Perfect. Do you have anything else to add?

Kurt Gibson:                 I don't.

Karl Yeh:                       Awesome. Question of the day for you is:

When you bought your new home did you have any water pressure issues and how did you handle it?

Let us know in the comment section below. Thank you very much and we'll catch you next time.

 

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About Kurt Gibson:

Before starting his work career, Kurt Gibson, received Diploma’s from SAIT in Architectural Technology and Building Development Technology. Several years ago Kurt completed the Business Essentials “Mini MBA” from U of C Haskayne School of Business. Kurt has over 30+ years of experience in the Home Building Industry in Calgary and has work for several Builders over that time in all capacities from Sales, Design, Estimating, Construction and Customer Care. He prides himself in having strong leadership skills with coaching backgrounds in both sports and the business world.

 

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