How to Measure Water Pressure at Home

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How to Measure Water Pressure at Home
Measure water pressure (Water spout image by Broken_Perfection from

There are several reasons why you may want or need to determine what the water pressure is at your home or office. You may be thinking of adding a sprinkler system to your yard and need the water pressure to determine the number of zones it will take to water the yard. Or you might be buying a old house an need to check that there is sufficient water pressure coming into the house for showers and other plumbing. The do-it-yourself handyman can easily check the water pressure at the house.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Water pressure gauge

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  1. 1

    Check that there is not water running anywhere in the house. Any open faucets will reduce the total water pressure that is coming into the home or business.

  2. 2

    Place a water pressure gauge on a exterior faucet. The gauge will screw onto the faucet just like the end of a garden hose.

  3. 3

    Turn on the faucet to full and record the reading on the pressure gauge. Write down the pressure on a sheet of paper.

  4. 4

    Repeat the last step for each of the exterior faucets.

  5. 5

    Check the faucet at the washer and dryer also, this will help to determine if you have any problems with your water lines.

Tips and warnings

  • You can get a adaptor from the hardware store to attach the gauge to interior faucets to check them also.
  • Wear eye protection when checking the water pressure in case of a broken gauge.

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