Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Water Flows Freely

or I'm Happy

We live in a house that uses a water well so we have a pressure tank to manage the water pressure through our pipes. The tank is usually set at moderate pressure which I am told is best for all of the pipes concerned. However, moderate pressure really means low. At least that's what we thought when we moved here and switched from city water to well water. The "moderate" water pressure in our new house took some getting used to.

However, time went on and we adjusted. We still enjoyed taking a shower at a hotel or a friend's house with city water, but mostly we didn't notice anymore. That is until recently. The pressure seemed to be decreasing. First we attributed it to air in the lines from the water being turned on and off by the workman working in the kitchen. But after a week or so of trying to explain the decreased pressure away, we knew it was real. The shower was not flowing much more than a trickle, so there was no doubt now. There was definitely a problem.

Yesterday, however, my hero arrived--a local plumber who knew a lot about wells and pressure tanks. He tested the well flow, he tested the pressure tank, he tested the electricity, he tested the water neutralizer, and he cleaned the filters.  And by the end of it all, the water flowed freely. We had the best water pressure we've had since we moved in 16 years ago. I immediately jumped in the shower and was able to get wet all at the same time. What a luxury. A wonderful luxury that we can enjoy while we're still saving water with our "moderate" pressure. :)