If you’ve noticed a decrease in water pressure, it could be due to any number of factors. Low water pressure can be caused by numerous factors, and it’s important for homeowners to be aware of the risk in order to take proactive measures.
Low water pressure – causes
Common causes why your water pressure might be low:
- A clogged or broken water line
- The age of your home’s pipes
- Low water pressure in the city
- Frozen pipes
- Leaking pipes
- Clogged drains
A number of factors in your home’s plumbing system can reduce pressure throughout the house. For example, check all drains and make sure there aren’t any kinks or clogs in your home’s pipes. You might also want to check all of the connections located in your basement and at the meter box outside, as they are common places where sediment build-up can occur. Finally, water pressure can be reduced if you have too many fixtures operating on single plumbing.
An obstruction in fixtures such as faucets, showers, and toilets could also cause low water pressure. When this occurs, you won’t be able to get enough pressure coming from these fixtures because the obstruction is blocking all or most of the water from traveling through them. You can locate the obstruction by turning off the water and removing the aerators from each faucet in your home. This will allow you to identify where the blockage is located.
Is there a Leak?
The water pressure in your home might be reduced due to a leak affecting your pipes. The leaking water will reduce the pressure on your home’s pipes, which are responsible for carrying pressurized water throughout the house. Leaks may go unnoticed because they produce only a small amount of noise that might not suggest any problems. Do a quick check and look for any leaks or wet spots if you notice a drop in water pressure.
Some of the most common places where leaks are usually found are:
- Low-hanging pipes
- Water heaters
- Air conditioner
- Washing Machine
Solutions for low water pressure
1) Check that all of your connections, pipes, and valves are not leaking, as this may cause low water pressure. Leaks from these sources usually show up as drips around faucets or toilets, wet areas on ceilings or floors, and even brown spots on walls near sinks. If you suspect there’s a leak somewhere in the house, call an expert plumber immediately!
2) Buy a pressure regulator for both hot and cold taps if you live in an area where city-wide pressures
3) We recommend installing an outside faucet on your home’s exterior wall to reduce the amount of pressure needed from inside. This will help you save money on utilities by using less electricity and gas. -If you want to install an outside faucet, be sure that the opening faces away from any other structure so there is no chance for dirt or debris getting into your pipes or sprinkler system.
If you’ve been noticing a decrease in water pressure, it could be due to one of the factors listed above, but if you aren’t able to fix the issue, the best way to fix this type of problem is by calling a plumber as soon as possible so they can come out and repair the pipe before any more serious problems arise.