21 May. 19

5 Common Causes of Low Water Pressure in the Home

Dealing with low water pressure in your home is frustrating. Low water pressure makes everyday tasks such as showering, doing laundry, or washing dishes a time-consuming ordeal. Here’s a look at some of the most common reasons for low water pressure. 5 Common Causes of Low Water Pressure in the Home

5 Common Causes of Low Water Pressure in the Home

Damaged Fixtures

It’s possible that you simply have a faulty plumbing fixture, especially if low water pressure is confined to a specific area of your home. Check your fixtures and faucets for leaks, corrosion, or clogs that may impede water flow.

Pressure Regulator

If your water pressure is too high, it can damage your pipes. The pressure regulator keeps the water pressure in your pipes at a safe level. If your water pressure suddenly drops, or if it increases unexpectedly, the pressure regulator may need to be replaced. You will notice the change in water pressure on all your plumbing fixtures. Replacing the pressure regulator should be handled by a professional plumber.

Shut-Off Valve

If you’ve recently had repairs done, a partially-closed shut-off valve may be causing your low water pressure. It’s fairly simple to check the shut-off valves in your home. The first valve is found next to your water meter. The other valve is located where the main line enters your home. You can often find it near your water heater. Make sure both valves are completely open.

Buildup In Pipes

If you have old pipes, they may have become corroded. It’s especially likely if you have copper or galvanized steel pipes. Unfortunately, the only solution may be to replace your pipes.

Municipal Water Supply

A drop in water pressure may be caused by a problem with the municipal water system. This is especially likely if work has recently been performed on the water main in your neighborhood. Call your local water supplier to find out whether this is the case and when the issue will be fixed.

If you need help with low water pressure, or any other plumbing issue, contact us today.