A low water pressure problem may not be as scary as a burst pipe but it’s still downright frustrating. You’ll immediately notice that there is a low pressure when the slow flow of water can take forever to fill the sink, the refreshing water shower turns to miniscule drops, and other inconveniences brought by this issue. Check out these solutions for your low water pressure problems.
Plumbing fixture issues
In some cases, it’s not the plumbing system that’s causing the low water flow but the plumbing fixtures. This means you have to check every single plumbing appliance in your household if it has a low water pressure or not. If the problem is only one or two fixtures, then you need to do some troubleshooting to increase its water pressure. However, if most or all of the fixtures have low water pressure then there is something wrong with the whole plumbing system. The solution for a multi-fixture issue will be discussed later on, right now we will focus on some of problems with common plumbing appliances like faucet and shower heads.
First of all, your faucets, showerhead, and other fixtures might have a low flow feature which might explain the low water pressure. If you recently changed some of your old plumbing appliances with low flow fixtures then you might be surprise that the water tension is not as strong as before. Also, faucets and showerheads may have acquired a lot of mineral deposits over time. If this happens, you need to thoroughly clean and unclog these fixtures. Refer to the manual provided by the manufacturers for instructions on proper cleaning and disassembling.
Whole plumbing system issue
Now, we’re going to discuss some tips for low water pressure problems all around the house. Before you do anything, you must call the municipal water supply line and ask if there are water lines that are currently being repaired or modified. If they confirm your assumptions, then you will have to wait for them to restore the water pipe line–but if not, then the issue is within the plumbing of your household.
Check the main valve of your plumbing system if it’s turned on and is on full setting. The next thing you should check is the water pressure reducing valve. As what its name implies, this valve lowers the water pressure coming into your household. If you do have this mechanism in your plumbing system, then you can use it to slightly increase the water pressure. You shouldn’t let the water pressure become too strong since it will damage the pipeline and plumbing fixtures in your house.
Sometimes there are water leaks in the pipes that are lowering the water pressure. It can be difficult to find these water leaks on your own, and it’s kind of impractical to scour the entire premises of your house just to find some signs of water leaks like wet furniture, wet spots, etc. To save yourself time and effort, hire the best plumbers in your town/city to do an entire plumbing inspection.