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How to Diagnose and Fix Bad or Low Water Pressure

How to Diagnose and Fix Bad or Low Water Pressure

How to Diagnose and Repair Poor Water Pressure Issues

Low water pressure is an annoying plumbing problem that no one wants to deal with. If your water pressure just isn’t what it used to be, the problem is likely being caused by one of the following problems:

  1. Water Leaks
  2. Faulty Pressure Regulator
  3. Elevation
  4. Faulty Valves
  5. Mineral Deposit Buildup

Identifying The Issue is the First Step in Correcting It.

  1. Water Leaks

    Cracked or damaged pipes often allow water to seep out. These leaks can negatively impact the water pressure in your home because not all the available water is getting to your faucet. Check visible pipes for cracks or leaks. If no leaks are immediately visible, shut off the main water valve to your house, and jot down the water meter reading. Wait two hours and then read the meter again. If the number on the meter has gone up, it means you have got a leak.

  2. Faulty Pressure Regulator

    A pressure regulator looks a lot like a bell and is usually found below the hose connection at the front of your house; sometimes, though, you can find it in a different spot depending on how your home is constructed. When a pressure regulator breaks or stops working, you will likely notice low water pressure from every faucet in your house. Your best bet is to leave this kind of plumbing repair to a professional plumber – trying to fix it on your own could actually cause more damage.

  3. Elevation

    The placement of your water storage tank can have an impact on water pressure. If your house is set higher than the tank, it is going to be difficult to maintain good water pressure. Though you can’t always control where your tank is located, whenever possible make sure it is installed higher than your house to ensure great pressure.

  4. Faulty Valves

    Valves are meant to turn, which means they can sometimes slip inadvertently without you realizing it. If the main water valve on your house is turned off or closed even slightly, it can dramatically impact water pressure. Find out where the house’s main water valve is, and make sure it is always wide open.

  5. Mineral Deposit Buildup

    Sediment and mineral deposits can clog pipes over time, block faucets and showerheads, and cause a low water pressure problem. Try cleaning the fixtures with a commercial cleaner or a simple solution of white vinegar and baking soda, and scrub with an old toothbrush to remove stubborn deposits. If that doesn’t improve your water pressure, you may need the help of a professional.

Still Neeed Help? Hire a Certified Plumbing Contractor!

The most important thing to keep in mind is that any repairs you can’t easily handle on your own will require the assistance of a qualified plumber. You can make small problems significantly more serious if you don’t know what you are doing. It is always best to consult a professional if you have even the slightest doubts about your ability to handle a plumbing problem.

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