Posted on October 13, 2017 by the Pebble Grey Team

Understanding Water Pressure

Bathroom renovations can be a long and arduous process, but when it finally comes to choosing your taps the excitement sets in. Taps are the finishing touch, the cherry on top of the cake, and there are so many to choose from.

Do you want a mixer or a pair? Wall mounted or free standing? Modern or traditional?

But before any of these questions, you need to ask yourself one thing: what water pressure do I need?


What is Water Pressure?

Water pressure is measured in bar, and refers to how much force is behind the water that comes through your pipes. One bar is required to raise water by ten metres.

At Pebble Grey we have helpfully categorised our taps according to their water pressure suitability: low (0.1 to 0.4 bar), medium (0.5-0.9 bar) and high (1 bar and above).


How To Test Your Water Pressure

Water pressure not only varies from house to house, but also room to room. Even the time of day can affect your pressure; in the morning demand will be high and therefore lower your pressure.

There are many tools available for purchase that can test your water pressure, such as this handy gauge from Amazon. These types of testers are simple to use and will quickly reveal your water pressure reading.

First of all make sure you have switched off ALL taps and appliances in your home that use water, including washing machines, dishwashers etc. Screw the gauge onto an outdoor or hose end, turning until completely tight. Then fully turn on the tap (you should see the force of the water starting to push the needle). Once the needle stops on a number, note it down – this is your water pressure measurement!

If you’re still confused, the video below demonstrates the method.

This number is important and should be kept in mind as you choose a tap from our extensive collection.

Don’t worry if you find that your home has low water pressure, most of the taps from Pebble Grey has a minimum operating pressure of 0.1 bar.

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