low water pressure

Low water pressure is a common problem, especially in older homes. Not only can it be frustrating go without sufficiently pressurized water, but water that does not run efficiently may be a sign of a leak, which will cost you money in the long run. If you have low water pressure, here’s what you need to know.

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Identifying Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure or low flow is easily identified by the unusually small water output by your faucets. This can be frustrating for individuals who need a strong stream in order to rinse their hair or really get gunk off of dirty dishes.

Causes

There are several factors that can cause low water pressure. There could be debris or mineral buildups in your fixtures or pipes, or the city could just have low water pressure. There may also be a leak somewhere in your home’s plumbing. If you notice low water pressure, there are some steps you can take to identify the root of the issue.

Fixes

One of the most common causes of low water pressure is a buildup of debris or mineral deposits in your home’s pipes or fixtures. Start with the fixtures. Unscrew the disk, also known as the aerator, from the end of the faucet in question and check for unusual deposits. Clean and replace the part — baking soda and vinegar is usually good for removing hard water deposits — then check the water pressure by running the faucet. If it is stronger, you just fixed the problem. If not, you may need to do some more extensive digging.

The next most common cause is a leak somewhere in your plumbing. Serious leaks usually announce themselves with water stains on a wall or ceiling, a wet patch of yard, or perhaps a puddle in the bottom of a cabinet, but a smaller leak may not be so obvious. To check for a leak, turn off the water to your home and make a note of the water meter reading. Check back in a few hours — if the usage numbers have climbed, you unfortunately probably have a leak.

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Most of the time, clogged or leaky pipes will need to be addressed by a professional plumber. If you are unable to restore normal water pressure by cleaning out your fixtures, we recommend calling a plumbing professional to avoid creating a big, watery mess.

If you’re experiencing low water pressure, give Boydco Plumbing a call at 602-335-0323.