Having water on demand in your home is one of the greatest things about living in modern times. But, what happens when you turn on your water and it just trickles out? What is causing the low water pressure in your home and more importantly, how can you fix it?
Causes of Low Pressure
There is only so much water that comes into your home. It comes in through your municipal pipes (or from your well) and flows to all the outlets and faucets in your house. The first cause of low water pressure then starts there. Sometimes, it has nothing to do with the plumbing in your home. Low water pressure can be caused by a problem with the city water supply or your well pump. Also, make sure that your supply valve is opened up fully. A partially-closed valve will reduce water pressure a lot.
Another way that pressure can fade is if you have any leaks in your plumbing. Any drips or leaks will slowly bleed pressure away from other places that you want it. It's also possible that your pipes have some sort of buildup or even blockage, which prevents water from getting where it needs to do. If you have any sort of filter for your water, check that to make sure it's not clogged.
If you only notice low pressure in the shower, you may have a low-flow shower head that is just getting clogged with residue. The flow restrictor in the showerhead just needs to be cleaned with a mixture of vinegar and hot water.
How to Fix It
To fix low water pressure in your home, you have to realize one thing. There's only so much water coming in to your house at any given time. The more water that's being used or the smaller the pipe, the lower the pressure will be. It falls on you then to either fix any leaks or ensure that the pipes are all clear of blockages and buildup.
On occasion, there's nothing you can do about the pressure because the water supply doesn't have that much pressure coming in. In this case, you can install a pressure booster pump on your water supply to help increase the water pressure available to your home.
Low water pressure is an annoying issue but ultimately is very easy to track down. Repairs can be costly, however, especially if there is a lot of buildup in your home's pipes. To accurately get a read on where the pressure is going, consult a licensed plumber who can do a full home inspection of your piping. You can also read more at the website of a plumbing contractor.Share
16 September 2016
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