Low water pressure isn’t just plain annoying; it can also complicate day to day activities. The bathtub takes forever to fill, the dishwasher takes far longer, and the morning shower before work becomes dreadful.
It’s amazing how something like water pressure can impact our daily lives so much, which is why it’s important to know the reasons behind it and how the problem can be fixed.
Here are a few common reasons behind falling water pressure:
Water Valve Issues
In most homes, there are two main valves that control the inflow of water. The first is placed on the street side and is known as the water meter valve. In regions with colder weather conditions, it may be located in basements or even the garage. This valve is used by municipal technicians and not by the homeowners. If you recently had some repairs done to your plumbing system and notice low water pressure, then there may be a fault with the water meter valve.
On the homeowner’s side is the main shut-off valve. See if it’s fully turned in the on position. If the lever handle is attached to a ball valve, then turn the handle so that it becomes parallel to the pipes. If it’s attached to a gate valve, then turn the handle in a counterclockwise direction.
If both the valves are open, then there is a high chance that some of your pipes may be clogged. The most common reason behind clogged pipes is corrosion. Corrosion results in scaling which then leads to buildup within the pipes. This is more common in older pipes and it restricts the flow of water reducing the overall pressure. Although there are a number of DIY steps to de-clogging your pipes, they are best left avoided. Sometimes the clogs are hard to locate and even if you do manage to locate the problem, fixing it yourself can damage your plumbing system which can prove to be very expensive. It’s best to call in certified plumbers for help.
Faucets and showerheads get old and fall prey to rust, dirt, limestone, and other sediment buildups which results in clogging and low water pressure. To see whether this is the case, test each faucet and showerhead individually by first cleaning and de-clogging the aerator and screen. If they are old or rusted, you can replace them by installing newer pieces of the same model.
There can be a number of reasons behind low water pressure, some of which are easy to fix whereas others require the help of professional plumbers. Ignoring low water pressure in your home could worsen the problems over time. Contact us for the best plumbing repairs in San Diego today!