Troubleshooting Your Home’s Low Water Pressure

Published On: August 31, 2016Categories: Plumbing Repairs, Plumbing tips, Water HeatersTags:

faucet with low water pressureFrom time to time, all of us experience low water pressure. Most of the time, the problem lies with your plumbing system. Please note that you should never ignore low water pressure. Doing so could create major headaches down the road. If you can’t locate the source of the problem yourself, you should definitely call a qualified plumber and get the problem fixed. It’s a fact of life that plumbing problems, when ignored, always get more expensive to fix. Here are some of the things you can check on when you’re experiencing poor water pressure in your home.

Clogged aerators can reduce the flow to a particular faucet. This condition can happen anywhere, but it’s particularly prevalent if you live in an area with well water, such as in Hudson, Aurora, Streetsboro and many other areas. You know you have a lot of minerals in your water. These minerals can get trapped in the faucet’s aerator. Yes, it’s possible to clean out the screens in the aerator, but it’s faster to simply replace the bad aerator with a new one. They’re cheap. You can get a pack of six at the local hardware store and changing the aerator is as easy as changing a light bulb.

Water heater problems could result in low hot-water pressure. Make sure the shut-off valve is completely open. If it is, then the problem lies elsewhere, and you should have the condition of your hot water heater evaluated by a plumber.

Water leaks. Any water leak can affect your water pressure. There is a way you can test for a water leak in your home. Be sure to shut off all faucets and appliances that use water. Once you have everything shut down, go read your water meter and write it down. Wait two or three hours and then go back and get another reading on the meter. If the reading is the same, you’re free of leaks. But if you have a leak somewhere, your meter will show that you’ve used some water. The challenge now is to find where the water is leaking, and you may need to get some help with that from your friendly neighborhood plumber.

Your shut-off valve may be slightly closed. This is the main water valve and it’s usually near the water meter or the pressure relief valve, often with a red handle. Find your main shut-off valve and check to make sure it’s wide open. If not, it’s can cause low water pressure.

Water System Demand: Let’s face it, we’re all creatures of habit. If you only experience low water pressure at certain times of the day, it could be the neighborhood’s water system can’t keep up with demand. If this is the case, you’ll notice the problem first thing in the morning when people are getting ready for work or school, or in the evening, when people are doing laundry, showering, watering their lawns, etc. Keep in mind that you should still have sufficient water pressure during these times of peak usage, provided you don’t have any of the other causes we’ve been discussing above.

There are many causes of low water pressure, and this is not a complete list. If you check out these potential problems and still can’t figure it out, you should call The Plumbing Source. We’ve been doing plumbing repairs for 30 years, and chances are we’ve encountered the same problems you’re having hundreds of times already.

Plumbing repairs can be a costly, messy affair if you don’t have the tools and expertise to do the job yourself. The Plumbing Source can save you time, money and aggravation, so make that call today. The number to call for 24/7 service is 877-768-7239.

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