Waiting patiently to fill up a pot or having to spend twice as long rinsing your hair in the shower are frustrations we’d rather live without. So when issues with your water pressure occur, it’s important to pinpoint the reason and have it fixed as soon as possible. To help you navigate through this problem, here are the top five reasons why your water pressure is weak (and how to address them).
One of the most common reasons water pressure weakens is due to the faucets and fixtures, so these should always be the first things to inspect. Over time, the buildup of dirt, rust, and limestone residue can clog up your fixtures, causing that slow, painstaking trickle. To test out your faucets, first, ensure the aerator is clean and then switch on your taps one at a time to see if any of them are clogged or defective. If so, you can attempt to clean them out and then test them again. If the problem persists, then it may require a replacement.
Your Water Valves Aren’t Completely Open
Another source to check is the shut-off valves. Every home has two valves, both of which are usually located on the wall next to your meter. Both of these valves should be completely open to allow water to flow. If you notice that one isn’t open all the way, gently move the valve back and forth to nudge it fully open.
Blockages in Your Pipes
If you’ve crossed off both of these possibilities, then it could be very likely that you have a blockage somewhere in your piping system. To determine this, you’ll need to call in a licensed plumber to check your plumbing and remedy any clogged areas.
Your plumber can also inspect the pipes for any signs of corrosion. This is most common in older homes. In this case, you’re likely facing a replacement to improve the lines.
Your Pressure Regulator Is Faulty
Plumbing systems are also equipped with a pressure regulator that is supposed to keep the pressure consistent. However, these too can fail over time, causing either too much or too little water pressure. Like most plumbing related issues, it’s best to call a plumber to repair your pressure regulator to avoid any further hiccups with your water line.
When you need a reliable and professional team to call, Faucet Fix is your one-stop-shop for all of your plumbing related needs. Contact us today, and we’ll have your water pressure back to normal as soon as possible.