Having low water pressure is one of the most annoying plumbing problems for homeowners. Nobody likes to try and wash their casserole dish or take a shower with water that feels like it's barely trickling through the pipe. Though it can be frustrating, there are actions you can take to troubleshoot the issue so you can make good choices about the best way to fix your problem. Here's a few tips to help you figure out a solution to your home's low water pressure.
Common Causes for Low Water Pressure
Mineral and Corrosion Buildup
Over time, mineral deposits from your water supply or buildup from pipe corrosion can significantly reduce the flow of water in your plumbing.
If there is a pipe leak somewhere in your plumbing system, then the water loss can cause a major drop in pressure.
Municipal Water Supply Issues
Some of these same problems can develop within the municipal plumbing. City pipes are just as susceptible to the same issues as those inside of your house.
Tips and Tricks to Fix Your Low Water Pressure
How to Check Your Water Pressure
You can ask your water company to give you a pressure reading, or you can do it yourself by purchasing an inexpensive water pressure gauge at your local hardware store for less than ten dollars. Place the gauge on an outside water spigot and read the results. Your pressure should ideally be between 45 and 55 psi. If your water pressure is lower than 40 psi, it could indicate that you have a problem with your plumbing.
Call Your Water Company First
Always call the water company first and ask them about the water pressure in your area. They may already be aware of a problem with the plumbing near your home, or they can check and see if it is the Municipal water supply that is causing your low pressure. Unfortunately, if the water company is responsible, you may have a long battle ahead of you. If it seems that the problem will persist for a while, you may want to invest in a water pressure booster that can be installed by a professional plumber.
Locating Your Water Leak
If you have spoken with your city water company and determined that the low water pressure is being caused by your internal plumbing system, then the next step is to check for a water leak. Many water meters have a leak indicator gear that can alert you right away that a leak is present. Some small leaks can still go undetected however. Check your water meter and record your total water usage, then go several hours without turning on the water anywhere. That means no showers, no laundry, and no dishwasher for at least two or three hours. Then go back outside and check the meter again to see if the numbers have risen. If so, then you probably have a leak somewhere in your pipes.
Test Your Hot Water Heater
Are you only experiencing low pressure when you take showers or was your dishes? If so, then the problem may reside in your hot water system. Check to see if the hot water heater shut off valve is being used properly. Sometimes the shut off valve has been partially closed on accident.
Call a Professional Plumber to Inspect
If you need help pinpointing your low water pressure problem, it may be time to call in a professional plumber with experience in diagnosing pressure issues. They can conduct a proper inspection to determine if you have a leak, if you have corrosion buildup in your plumbing or if there is another issue that needs to be addressed.
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