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Water Pressure Low? Here's Why

Common Causes of Decreased Water Pressure

Water pressure is important. It allows homeowners to do everyday tasks and chores such as washing clothes and dishes, taking showers and baths, and washing hands. When water pressure is low or decreased, it can be an annoying issue that limits what homeowners can get done. It often causes homeowners headaches as they scramble to try and figure out why the water pressure is low and how to fix it.

Most of the time, homeowners need to hire a professional to come in and fix the decreased water pressure. Some homeowners may want to try and resolve these issues on their own, but this can lead to worsening problems that may cost them even more. This blog will go over some common reasons why water pressure starts to decrease and how best to resolve these issues.

Pesky Leaks

leaksLeaks are the number one reason why water pressure might become low. When a plumbing system leaks, water escapes from these cracks, leaking outside the system. The escaped water never makes it to where it should have gone, thus decreasing water pressure as insufficient water reaches the destination.

To best handle leaks, homeowners should contact a professional. There could be more than one leak, too, so it’s best to bring in a professional who knows what they’re looking for and has the experience, knowledge, and tools to make the appropriate repairs.

Old Clogs and Buildup

Another common issue for low water pressure is clogs and buildup. This happens over time as things are flushed down drains and toilets. Clogs and buildup can occur from simple leftover residue or items that should never be put down a drain or toilet, such as hygiene products, paper towels, and grease and oil.

Some clogs and buildup are easily eliminated with the simple baking soda and vinegar trick. However, tougher clogs and buildup may require a professional to deal with them through hydrojetting or with a drain snake.

Homeowners who suspect a clog or buildup in their drain can try to flush the clog or buildup away on their own, but if the clog and buildup remain, a professional should be brought in to deal with it. Plumbers can also clean the drains as a preventative measure against clogs.

Faulty Fixtures or Closed Valves

open valvesBroken fixtures are another cause of low water pressure, but typically the low water pressure will be limited to just that one fixture. For example, if a showerhead is faulty, homeowners may notice low water pressure only in the shower. In this case, the fixture will need to be replaced.

Another simple fix for a homeowner is to check the valves to ensure they are not closed off, which can also contribute to water pressure issues. This usually affects the whole house. Homeowners can check the main shutoff valve and the water meter valve to ensure neither is closed or partially closed.

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