What Causes Low Water Pressure?
Low water pressure in your home presents a lot of problems – not to mention you’re in for a lot of bad hair days – until it’s fixed! If your home is experiencing low water pressure, it will take an extra long time to fill your bathtub, it negatively affects your dishwasher’s performance, it will take longer for your washing machine to run a cycle, and your faucets will slow to a painstaking dribble. If there isn’t enough water coming out of your pipes, it can be extremely frustrating. If this is happening in your home, it’s imperative that you have a professional plumbing company come out, diagnose the problem – and fix it. Trying to live with low water pressure is risky; if it’s not addressed, some major plumbing problems may be on the horizon.
Most American families use an average of 300 gallons of water a day if you count running the dishwasher, showering, using washing machines, and flushing the toilet. If the water pressure is low, most people don’t know where to look to find the root cause. Some of the main causes of low water pressure may include any – or all – of the following:
Pipes in your home may have small cracks and/or holes that water will find and escape before reaching the spout of your faucet.
If you have an older home, the chances of your pipes being corroded increase tremendously. Pipes in newer homes usually aren’t made from galvanized steel and they should last a long time – but older houses may need new pipes that aren’t prone to corrosion.
Partially Closed Main Shutoff Valve
If you notice low water pressure in your home, your main shutoff valve should be looked at because it may be partially closed or blocked, causing low water pressure.
Partially Closed Water Meter Valve
Your water meter valve, which regulates how much water comes in, may not have been fully opened, especially if you recently had a remodel or construction project completed.
You should have a plumbing professional look at your water meter valve to ensure it is fully opened.
One of the main causes of low water pressure is usually some type of blockage in your home’s pipes. Clogs in pipes may be caused by small or large obstructions that are hindering the flow of waste materials and water, thus causing low water pressure.
Damaged Pressure Regulator
If your plumbing system has a pressure regulator, it adjusts the flow of water coming into your home to maintain the longevity of your pipelines. In some cases, your pressure regulator may be incorrectly reading or reporting the pressure, and this may cause lower water pressure.
Your Water Supplier is Experiencing an Issue
If you and some of your neighbors are having low water pressure issues, contact your water supplier and find out if they are having problems with the water supply.
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