HOW TO PERFORM A PRESSURE TEST



Along with knowing your flow rate, knowing your water pressure is vital to installing a sprinkler system.  It's also a good idea to check your pressure a few times per year to make sure there hasn't been any drastic changes and ensuring optimum performance.  In this tutorial we show you how to get a pressure reading.  The process takes just a few minutes and requires only one inexpensive tool.  
 
Perform this test on an outdoor, unregulated hose tap.

What You need for this job.

Step 1


Attach pressure guage
Attach pressure guage
Begin by attaching the pressure gauge to the hose tap.  Make sure it is firmly on the tap as leaks will affect pressure readings.

Step 2


Turn on the tap
Turn on the tap
Turn the faucet slowly until it is on all the way.  Let the it run for about 10 seconds to make sure you are obtaining full pressure.

Step 3


Record the readout
Record the readout
Write down the pressure.  It's recommended you test during multiple times, with special emphasis on the time of day you plan on doing most of your watering.  Residential water pressure is usally best in the late evening and overnight hours, and worst in the early morning hours when most homes have showers, tubs and sinks running.

Step 4


Turn off the water
Turn off the water
Slowly turn the water off.

Step 5


Remove the pressure gauge
Remove the pressure gauge
Unscrew the pressure gauge.  It is normal to have some excess water leakage.  Brass and plastic construction should prevent most corrosion, but you may want let it dry outdoors before storing. 


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