Having low water pressure can be frustrating when you are trying to wash your hand or dishes and it takes a lot longer than usual. Here are some reasons you might have low water pressure so you can troubleshoot the problem.
There is Debris in the Pipes
This is a very common cause of having low water pressure in your home. If the pipes are old, it is not unusual to have mineral deposits, debris, and even sand and dirt building up in the pipes. Some debris may come from the pipes in your home, while other debris comes from the main sewer line or septic system pipes. If you suspect it has more to do with the sewer pipes, you should call a professional plumber, like the ones at Countryside Plumbing. It is not safe to do any repairs with the sewer lines on your own. You typically know it is the sewer when your home plumbing pipes seem to be working fine aside from the low water pressure.
Your Pipes Are Leaking
You may also have pipes in your home that are leaking, which causes some water to escape through holes or cracks in the pipes, and leads to less water by the time the water comes out of the faucet. This is a relatively easy to thing to check on your own. Look at the different plumbing fixtures in your home, such as indoor and outdoor faucets, toilets, showers, and appliances to see if find puddles of water around the plumbing fixture. Also check underneath bathroom and kitchen sinks for signs of leaks. If you see a leak, call a plumber to have it fixed right away.
Check the Pressure Regulators
You might also be having an issue with your pressure regulator, which is what controls how much water pressure you get when turning on a faucet or shower. It is usually located underneath the hose connection outside your home and is shaped like a bell. If it looks to be worn, rusted, or corroded, it likely needs to be replaced. This is most likely why the water pressure in your home is lower than usual. A professional needs to be called to replace the regulator; it is not recommended that you attempt this type of repair on your own.
If none of these are the issue, it is still a good idea to call a professional. Having low water pressure is typically a sign that you are having an issue with your plumbing, even if it is a pressure you can deal with. You should take it as a sign that it is time to call a plumber.Share
15 February 2016
Do you know when to call a plumber? I had it in my head that plumbing was a simple system in my home that I could manage myself, but quickly learned otherwise. After completing a bathroom renovation myself and having a few of the water and drain pipe connections fail, I quickly learned that it was one job that I should have left to a professional. My website offers you simple solutions to small plumbing issues and a short guide to help you determine if your best option is to call in the professional plumbers. Hopefully, my mistakes will help you learn what not to do in your home.