Simple Causes of Low Water Pressure

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Many low water pressure problems are an easy fix

Homeowners often must struggle with the inconvenience of low water pressure in their households. When this occurs, easy, everyday chores such as washing the dishes or bathing take longer and become a burdensome affair. Often the reason behind the water pressure issue is a simple fix; however, it can sometimes be a sign of a more serious problem.

  1. Clogged Fixture: If your water pressure problem is limited to just one fixture, odds are it has become clogged. Sand, dirt and other debris can enter your home’s plumbing system, accumulate in your plumbing fixtures, and even reduce the energy efficiency of your household appliances. Most fixtures—faucets, shower heads and shut off valves—have built in screens to trap the debris. Often, a simple cleaning or a screen or aerator replacement will restore water pressure to the fixture.
  2. Clogged Water Filter: Many homes utilize water filters to catch the debris mentioned above. The filters can be whole house systems or mounted to sinks and refrigerator ice makers. Eventually, the filters will require service or changing to restore proper water pressure and flow.
  3. Faulty Shut Off Valve: Shut off valves are devices used to stop the flow of water to a plumbing fixture. They are commonly installed for toilets, faucets, dishwashers and refrigerators. As time passes, the valves can rust and corrode reducing water flow and possibly developing a total blockage. In addition, the valves can become so corroded, you cannot turn them off which would present a problem if water to the fixture need to be shut off quickly. It would be beneficial to have your plumbing contractor inspect and test the valves annually to verify they are in proper working order.
  4. Corrosion Buildup: Corrosion buildup inside your plumbing lines can reduce your water pressure. This problem is most common in homes that utilize steel or galvanized plumbing systems. While these plumbing materials were designed to last for decades, as they age they are susceptible to rust and corrosion buildup that can significantly reduce water flow and pressure. In most cases, the solution is not easy and requires replacing the old piping with PVC or PEX tubing.
  5. Leaking Water Lines: It should be understood that a leaking water pipe would reduce your water pressure. Depending on the leaks location, it could cause low water pressure in a specific area or the entire home. If you suspect your low water pressure problem is related to a plumbing leak, contact you plumbing contractor immediately. Leaking plumbing can cause serious damage to your home and launch your water bill into orbit.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

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