Troubleshooting Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure in your home can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks, from taking a shower to washing the dishes. There are a number of reasons why your water pressure may be lower than it should, each of which has a different fix. Thoroughly checking through this list of problems can help you identify and solve your water pressure woes.
Check the plumbing throughout your home to see if it has begun to rust. Rusting pipes can leave flakes of deposits within the pipe itself, restricting water flow and thus reducing the water pressure that is provided throughout your home. If this is the case, cleaning the pipes can help, but replacing your plumbing with copper or PEX plumbing, which is resistant to rust, will prevent your water pressure from falling again.
If your house is located on the top of a hill, your water pressure may be low simply by virtue of gravity. If this is the case, you should purchase a water pressure booster pump, which can be found at most hardware or plumbing supply stores. This pump will run off of your house's electricity, and will pump water to your home at a faster rate, improving your water pressure.
Faucets and shower heads can become clogged over time due to a buildup of minerals, forming a hard deposit within the faucet itself. If a single faucet or water fixture in your home is providing you with low water pressure, this could be the case. In order to fix it, you can use a mineral remover to soak the faucet, or unscrew the head and use a coat hanger or thin utensil to scrape away any buildup.
Damaged Water Meter
Most water meters have a water pressure regulator installed on them, and if the meter itself becomes damaged, the regulator could begin to work improperly. A visual inspection of the water meter is more than enough to determine if the water meter has become damaged. If this is the case, there is nothing you can do yourself—you'll have to call the company in charge of supplying water to your home to have them come service the water meter.
Call a Plumber
While these four problems are some of the most common reasons why your water pressure is low, they are nowhere near to all of the issues that could be occurring. Calling a plumber (like those at Ideal Plumbing & Heating) is the only sure way to identify and solve your specific water pressure problem.