The amount of water that comes through your taps is important for many reasons. From completing tasks around the home quickly to being able to bathe and wash properly. If you have noticed a recent change in the water pressure around your home, Here are a few things to look for.
There is a Problem with your Water Supplier
Before calling a plumber, knocking on pipes, or turning valves, check if your neighbors are experiencing the same issue as you. Also, contact your water supplier to find out about the problem and what they’re doing to fix it if it is the case that the whole neighborhood is experiencing problems.
The Valve is Not Loose Enough
If you realize that you are the only one experiencing low water pressure, you should consider checking your main house valve. If you’ve recently had some work done on the pipes, the valve may have been tampered with or not turned on all the way. You’ll need to loosen the valve to restore the water pressure.
Also, the water meter valve may have a similar problem. The second valve belongs to your water company, and you should call them to look into it.
Failing Pressure Regulation
That only applies to individuals with a pressure regulator. Attach a water gauge to your outside hose, which will cause the pressure gauge to read the water pressure immediately. If it’s lower than what it’s reporting, the issue will be with your pressure regulator. Despite being able to replace the water valve on your own, consider calling a professional.
The Pipes are Clogged
Clogs do not only form beneath drains. A clog in your piping can result in low water pressure. The difficulty comes in when identifying the clogged area, as it can be anywhere beneath the house. Consider calling a professional to avoid using dangerous chemicals in your drinking water on your own to try and relieve the clog.
You are Using a Shared Pipeline
That is not great news to hear, but sometimes pipelines run water into multiple houses. The sharing causes fluctuations in pressure when your neighbor is using the shower, washing their car, or using the sprinkler, causing low water pressure on your side. You can also consider replacing the pipes. If so, find a company that is transparent to avoid being overcharged.
Your Pipes are Leaking
The first sign is a flooded basement. However, leaking pipes are sometimes hard to notice, especially if the leak is minor. The leak misdirects your water, and the water that makes it to the taps comes in with low pressure. Look around your pipeline areas for wet spots, then call a plumber to fix the pipe.
Sometimes, the problem isn’t with the pipeline but with your fixtures. If your shower has low pressure, there could probably be a build-up of calcium, rust, grime, or debris. Remove the low-pressure fixtures and clean them to eliminate the problem.
Corrosion in Old Pipes
Your low water pressure may be due to old galvanized steel or copper pipes. These pipes are mainly found in old homes. If your house fits the category, check if it uses steel pipes. The corrosion build-up could be impeding water flow. Consider repairing the old lines as the piping conditions will only deteriorate over time.
In conclusion, local water policies change in rare situations due to unavoidable conditions like drought. These situations call for water rationing. This can also be a contributor to water pressure in some situations. This situation cannot be remedied by any of the ways we suggested in this article. If you find that your low water pressure is occurring because of any of the reasons we talked about in this article, always make sure to contact a professional before taking matters into your own hands. Also, always fix piping issues before they cause more significant problems. This should always be done with the help of a professional.