Low water pressure is a common plumbing problem that homeowners may experience at some point.
Let’s look at the steps you can take to improve it.
The pressure regulator is responsible for regulating the flow of water coming into your home. Like other plumbing fixtures, the pressure regulator can get damaged and make your water pressure to drop. When the pressure regulator goes bad, it affects all water fixtures in your home. Your water pressure can also drop if the regulator is set below the normal range, which should be between 40 psi and 80 psi.
The solution: The solution to a failing pressure regulator is as simple as having a skilled plumber replace it. If the pressure is set lower than 40 psi, simply adjust the pressure to the correct level.
If you’ve had renovation work done in your home and was followed by reduced water pressure, you’ll want to check the water meter valve to see if it’s completely open.
The solution: Locate the water meter valve and see if it’s fully open. If it’s not, turn it counterclockwise to open it fully—there’s no need to call a plumber for this. You should also check the main shutoff valve to see if it's open all the way.
A leak anywhere in your pipes can keep water from reaching your faucets, leaving you with a trickle at the tap. Cracked or damaged pipes will divert water flow into the ground before it reaches the faucet spout. To determine if you have a leak in your home, turn off all the indoor and outdoor faucets in your home and check if the water meter is moving. If your water meter is moving without any faucets being turned on, you probably have a plumbing leak.
The solution: Call a nearby plumber to locate the source of the leak and make repairs to restore your water pressure to normal.
Mineral deposit buildup from hard water can decrease the diameter of your pipes and restrict the water flow. Also, tree root invasion can clog your pipes, thereby preventing the water from freely flowing through.
The solution: If you suspect that low water pressure is caused by clogs, call a plumber to locate where the blockage lies in your pipes. When mineral deposit buildup is severe enough to inhibit water flow, the best solution is to replace your pipes.
Low water pressure can make daily household tasks like washing dishes and showering turn into frustrating chores. That’s why you should take immediate action when your water pressure is diminished. If you need help with fixing low water pressure in your home, get in touch with Mr. Rooter Plumbing. Our knowledgeable and experienced plumbers can accurately diagnose the problem and provide you with a lasting solution.