Lack of water pressure is seen as more of an inconvenience than a serious problem, but if low pressure goes unchecked, it may cause a serious plumbing issue. Here are 6 reasons why your water pressure may be low.
Low water pressure can affect a single tap or all faucets in your house, from your shower heads to your kitchen sinks. The lack of pressure is seen as more of an inconvenience than a serious problem, but if low pressure goes unchecked, it may allude to or cause a serious plumbing issue in the future.
The simplest way to find out why your water pressure is low, is to narrow down the cause. Ask yourself the questions; is there no pressure in the whole house? Is it only one fixture? Depending on the answer to these questions, it will be easier to determine where the problem is.
Here are 6 reasons why your water pressure may be low.
Bent water supply or plumbing lines
The pipes that supply water through your house have a tendency to bend easily due to their material and the constant flow of water. Often these lines will bend without disrupting the flow or pressure, however more serious bends will restrict the flow causing water pressure to noticeable drop.
A trusted plumber will solve this issue by replacing the plumbing lines. A pressure regulator can also be installed to monitor the pressure through your pipes.
Wrong sized water supply or plumbing lines
If your water supply lines are significantly smaller than the main water supply, your water will decrease.
To fix the inconsistent piping your plumber will need to repipe the supply lines to make them larger, which will reduce friction and restore water pressure.
Blocked water supply lines
Overtime sediment and debris will build up in your hot water heater. This sediment will travel through your hot water pipes and cause blockages, decreasing in the flow of water, and a lower water pressure.
If you have a relatively new hot water system, all your plumber will need to do is flush and clean the sediment from the interior. However, with older systems, we recommend replacing the whole unit.
Partially closed valves
This is a quick fix. If you discover that your water valves are closed or partially closed all you need to do is open the shutoff valve back up, and your water pressure will be restored.
Although this is an easy fix, if you are having difficulty opening the valve or any concerns, please contact your plumbing specialist.
Wrong configuration on the pressure regulator
Your pressure regulator might not be on the optimum setting for your household, which will cause water pressure irregularities. If the configuration is correct, your water pressure regulator may just be faulty or old, causing the lack of water pressure.
Your plumber will need to check the setting on your regulator, and reset it to your household’s normal pressure. If the regulator is already on the optimal setting, and water pressure is still low, you may need a replacement unit.
Do you have low water pressure? Foster’s Plumbing can help!
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