If you have low water pressure in your home, then you know how much of a bother it can be. Even the simplest tasks we do every day can be frustrating when you have low water pressure. Taking a quick shower is nearly impossible, and the washing machine might take forever to fill. Creekside Plumbing understands these frustrations and is here to help you identify and fix those low water pressure issues.
Low water pressure can be caused by:
- Plumbing Leaks
- Corroded Galvanized Pipes
- Debris Clogged Pipes
- Fixture or Faucet Clog
- Water Heater Shut-Off Valve
- Pressure Reducing Valve
- Main Water Shut-Off Valve
In order to fix the low water pressure in your home, it is important to first identify the source of the problem.
Toilets that are leaking or constantly running are some of the most common sources of plumbing leaks in a home. Not to mention it will run up the cost of your water bill. Check around all the toilets in your home to see if they are the root cause of your water leak.
A dripping faucet or other fixture may also be leaking water and costing you money. Look for water spots around water fixtures in your home. If you still cannot locate the leak, it is a good idea to hire a plumber immediately to locate and fix the water leak for you.
Corroded Galvanized Pipes and Clogged Pipes
Another common killer of the water pressure in your home, corrosion build-up in galvanized pipes will cause a constraint on water pressure. Older houses especially will experience this problem and a re-piping is usually recommended to resolve the issue.
Water pipes get clogged up from time to time by small amounts of mineral deposits and debris that build up in the pipe over time. Like the last problem, this can be solved by a re-piping process which will fix your water pressure and save you money in the long run. Call Creekside Plumbing today to get help with corroded galvanized piping or clogged pipes.
Fixture or Faucet Clog
A fixture or faucet having low pressure probably lies with the actual fixture itself and not with the entire plumbing system. This is known as fixture-specific water pressure. Usually, the problem with a fixture or faucets water pressure has to do with its aerator. To clear the aerator, you might try and use a vinegar-water solution to clean the build-up of debris on the aerator, or simply have a plumber install a new one for you.
Water Heater Shut-Off Valve
Not only can the low water pressure issue be fixture-specific, but it might also be temperature-specific. If you notice the water pressure is only low when the hot water is being used, the problem is probably with the water heater. Check the shut-off valve for the tank of your water heater and make sure it is fully open. The shut-off valve is on every water heater as an emergency precaution and should not be partially closed.
Pressure Reducing Valve
If you have too much water pressure (Yes, it does happen), then check to see if you have a Pressure Reducing Valve and make sure it is set between 45-60 psi. If your water pressure in your home is set too high you will waste water and risk damaging your plumbing appliances. You can check your homes water pressure output with a pressure reading device that attaches to the nozzle your water hose attaches to.
Main Water Shut-Off Valve
The main water valve is usually located near the water meter, and it can shut off water to the entire home, restricting flow if it is even been slightly turned. To fix this just make sure it is open all the way. If you have any trouble locating one of your water valves, call Creekside Plumbing and we will be glad to help you with any problems you might be experiencing when it comes to the water pressure in your home.
Creekside Plumbing – Master Plumber
Some problems are easy enough to fix, but a master plumber will always be able to get the job done correctly and identify the right course of action for any plumbing situation that may arise. Creekside Plumbing has been in business for long enough to spot the signs of low water pressure in your home. If you think you are experiencing any of these problems don’t wait, contact us today!