Low water pressure is one of those annoying little things that many homeowners let linger. Because it is still easy to function with low water pressure in the house, many homeowners put off looking for the cause of the problem. That is a real shame because many times it is a simple job to fix low water pressure problems. Follow this guide to eliminating problems with low water pressure in the home.
Make Sure It Is Actually Your Problem
Sometimes low water pressure won’t always be confined to your home. If you live in an apartment, check with your neighbors above you to see if they are dealing with low water pressure. If you live in a house, ask you next door neighbors if they are dealing with the problem. If other people are dealing with the same problems with their water pressure, then you need to notify your landlord or the water company that there is a general problem with water pressure in your neighborhood.
Check to See if the Problem Is Localized
If you determine that the low water pressure is just in your house, then you can be fairly certain that the problem can be fixed inside your home. The next step is to check to see if the low water pressure exists throughout the house. Sometimes, a problem like clogged aerators or mineral deposits can cause localized water pressure in just one faucet.
If the problem is localized to just one spot in the house, then you can usually pretty quickly take care of the problem. If it is in a faucet, check for clogged aerators. These can easily be replaced by heading to the hardware store to get new ones.
If the problem is mineral deposits, this is another quick and easy fix. Mineral deposits are caused by hard water that has an abundance of certain minerals such as calcium and potassium. Over time, these minerals start to build up in the faucets and showerheads in the house. The problem usually is most frequent in a shower. There are lots of cheap products that will dissolve these mineral deposit buildups. Simply soak the showerhead in the solution to get it back to a strong, high pressure stream.
If the Problem Isn’t Localized
If the problem is a general lack of water pressure throughout the house, then it will be a little trickier to determine what is causing the problem. The first thing to check is the shutoff valve for the water supply for the house. Sometimes this valve can get turned a little, which will result in a lack of water flow to the house’s plumbing.
If the shutoff valve is not turned at all, then they next step is to go throughout the house to check for leaks. A water leak is a common cause of a loss of water pressure. You will need to follow the path of every pipe in the house to determine if it has a leak or not. It is a good idea to put a piece of tape on each pipe as you check it for a water leak. This will keep you from having to go back and recheck a pipe you have already eliminated.
If there are no leaks, then it could be a clog somewhere in the system. This is where the general homeowner will get over their head. If you have reached this point and haven’t determined what the problem is, then it is a good idea to call in a plumber. They will be able to quickly determine the problem and get your water pressure back up to snuff.