The feeling of water rushing against your body during a relaxing shower is often what makes it relaxing in the first place. Low water pressure can make a shower and even chores such as washing dishes a bothersome task. Luckily, the professionals at Neighborhood Plumbing have a few tips to determine the likely cause of the low water pressure and our advice on how you can fix it. This article will only be helpful if you are on a city or municipal water supply. Those with a private well will have to find a different article. If you have any questions or would like to hire a certified plumber, then call Neighborhood Plumbing to speak with a friendly professional.
Overwhelmed Water Supply
Sometimes, low water pressure is just due to an overwhelmed water supply. Other members of your household or even your neighbors might be demanding more water than the water supply can handle. If the water pressure decreases when a house member is running an appliance or using water at the same, then it might help to install a water pressure booster. If that is not the reason and water pressure is low during certain times of the day, then it might be due to your neighbors’ water usage. In this case, you may need to call your water supplier to see if there is anything they can do.
If it is just one faucet or showerhead that is giving you low water pressure while another in the same bathroom or kitchen is just fine, then you may need to simply clean, repair, or replace that specific fixture. It is normal for fixtures to clog with mineral deposits or wear and tear over time. Before buying a new fixture, try removing the filter or aerator to clean it. If that does not work, then go ahead and buy a new one and install it.
Pipe Leak or Clogged Drain
Clogs and leaks are common culprits if the water pressure is low in one room but perfectly fine in other. Check around the room for signs of a leak. Such signs include water stains on walls, dripping sounds, and pools of water on the floor. Leaks and clogs limit the flow of water to your fixtures and can even cause extensive water damage.
Main Water Valve
If you are experiencing low water pressure in the whole building, then there is a chance that your main water valve is not fully turned on. Go and check to see that your water valve is fully open. It may be found in your garage, near the water heater, or on the interior side of the wall where your wall meter is located.
Another possibility is a clogged or leaking water heater. Check around your water heater for a pool of water. Remember to periodically flush your water heater to prevent deposits from clogging it.
If you are still having a hard time resolving your low water pressure issue, then call the professionals at Neighborhood Plumbing. Our certified plumbers are always ready to help!