Sunday, June 27th, 2021
If you’ve noticed that your water pressure has dropped and your showers are less enjoyable or your bath takes an age to fill up, you may have water pressure issues. Here are 7 reasons why your water pressure might be low and what you can do about it.
1) Take a look at the main shut-off valve for your home. You can find the valve where the main water pipe enters your house. If the wheel is not twisted all the way open or if the level handle is not parallel to the pipe, the flow of water can be restricted.
2) Check that your water softener is working properly. A water softener that is malfunctioning can cause a sudden change or decrease in water pressure.
3) Low pressure at a singular faucet might be caused by a clogged aerator. An aerator is that little screen on the end of the faucet that can sometimes get rusted or clogged by debris. You can easily unscrew the screen from the faucet, clean it and reattach it.
4) A build-up of minerals and other sediment in your home’s plumbing can cause a reduction in water flow in older homes. Improving water flow within your home’s plumbing system could require the replacement of corroded or blocked plumbing.
5) A faulty pressure regulator could be to blame for your low water pressure. This regulator acts as a control for the water pressure coming from your service line into your home. A defective regulator can affect the water pressure throughout the home at the same time.
6) A cracked or leaking pipe within your walls or under the foundation of your home could be the culprit behind a drop in water pressure. A professional plumber can find the leak and repair it before it becomes a major issue.
7) Sediment build-up in your hot water heater can create a water pressure slowdown. Routine maintenance of your water heater by a professional to make sure all components are functioning properly can help cure your home’s low water pressure issues.
If you’re experiencing low water pressure in your home and are unsure what to do about it, just give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.