How To Determine The Causes Of Low Water Pressure


You may need to use a process of elimination approach to find the cause(s) of low water pressure in your home. You should first investigate to see if it is an area-wide issue by contacting your local public works department. You can even ask your neighbors if they are experiencing common issues with water pressure.

If you find that the problem is isolated to your home, there are some areas that you can check to attempt to find and correct the problem.

Possible cause of low water pressure in your home

Clogged faucet aerators and shower heads

Your sink faucets have small aerator screens that help to filter contaminants in your water supply. They may become clogged with mineral deposits that limit their permeability. Your shower heads may also become clogged with these deposits.

If you are experiencing low flow issues, you need to remove and clean shower heads by placing them in a solution of half vinegar and half water overnight. This will help to dissolve the deposits. Your faucet's aerator screens can be easily removed and replaced by twisting the tip of the faucet counterclockwise and turning it over until the screen falls out (you may need to push it out if it is trapped by deposits).

If you can't turn the tip of the faucet by hand, use pliers, but wrap a piece of cloth around the faucet tip so it doesn't get scratched in the process. Replacement aerator screens can be found at any home improvement store.

Leaking pipe

While some pipe leaks are visible, others may occur inside a wall or even underground. if you have access to your water meter, you can perform a quick test to determine if a pipe is leaking in an inaccessible location.

Take a reading of your water consumption at the beginning of a thirty minute period in which you refrain from using any water. At the end of the thirty minute period, take another reading. If water consumption has risen, there is a possible leak. This will require the services of a plumbing professional to determine the source and repair of the leak.

Corroded pipes

If you have older galvanized steel pipes in your home, there's a good chance that the supply pipes have become partially blocked with rust and corrosion. In addition to the problem with water pressure, you may also have a future problem with a major leak, as pipes corrode from the inside outward.

You can replace the corroded pipes with CPVC plastic pipe, which doesn't corrode over time. This type of extensive residential plumbing repair is also best left to a plumbing professional, but you can find all the materials at your local home improvement store if you want to accept the challenge of doing it yourself. You can always call a plumber if you get in over your head, but you may be without water in affected areas until a pro comes in to save the day. Click here for more information on residential plumbing repair.


13 September 2015

Replacing an Older Plumbing System

I absolutely love the beauty, charm, and character of an older home. When my husband retires from his job, I would like to purchase an older house in the mountains and transform it into a quaint inn. While older homes are beautiful, they do sometimes contain hidden issues. One of these problems is faulty plumbing. Rusty pipes and poor water pressure are common in an older abode. If you just purchased a charming older place, consider immediately replacing the plumbing system in the home. In doing so, you might be able to save yourself from major issues in the future. On this blog, you will discover the many benefits of replacing an older plumbing system.