Dealing with low water pressure can be frustrating. You want to do the dishes or take a shower, but the water is barely coming out of the faucet. When that happens, something as simple as washing the plates can feel like a chore. The causes of low water pressure are not always easy to detect. You may be dealing with pipe issues, faulty faucets or fixtures, and everything in between. You may try to diagnose and fix the problem on your own, but sometimes it's better to call the pros. Not sure what to look for? Below are some of the most common causes of low water pressure and how to address them.
Water Supplier Issues Normal water pressure in residential buildings is around 40 to 60 pounds per square inch (PSI). Anything below or above these values may indicate plumbing problems or other issues. Sometimes, low water pressure is due to the problems experienced by your local water supplier. Call them and ask if there are any ongoing repairs. If that's the case, things should return to normal in a couple of days. Blocked Pipes A blocked or clogged pipe can restrict water flow and hence reduce water pressure. Magnesium or calcium salts, grease, and other debris can accumulate in your pipes, causing issues. This problem tends to occur in areas with hard water. In such cases, it's best to consult a plumber. Corroded Pipes Unless you live in a brand new home, you may have to deal with corroded pipes at some point. Like most plumbing appliances, water pipes have a limited lifespan. Galvanized steel pipes, for example, last about two decades. Corroded pipes can affect water flow and pressure, but this doesn't mean you need to replace them entirely. Sometimes, it's enough to replace small sections. Again, your best bet is to reach out to a plumber and then decide what to do next. Leaks May Cause Low Water Pressure In some cases, this problem is due to a leak. You may notice a sudden loss of water pressure, constant noises coming from your plumbing, or wet areas on the floor. Make sure you check the water meter, too. If the numbers increase even when no taps or appliances are in use, then you might be dealing with a leak. Also, note that your water bill might be higher than usual. Clogged Faucets Another common cause of low water pressure is a clogged faucet. To rule out this problem, remove and clean the faucet aerator. Try to unscrew it by hand or use pliers. Next, check the aerator for mineral or dirt buildup. Separate the parts and clean them with a small brush. You can also soak them in a lime-dissolving solution or vinegar for 30 minutes or longer. Last but not least, replace the aerator if you see any signs of rust. Call the Expert to Solve Your Water Pressure Problems These are just a few of the many causes of low water pressure. A faulty pressure regulator, damaged pipes, or shared pipelines can all contribute to this issue. The best thing you can do is to call the experts. Don't wait until it's too late. Plumbing problems can escalate quickly and result in costly repairs. Contact our team to book an appointment and see how we can help.