The SOLUTIONS you NEED for Low Water Pressure

Let’s get one thing out of the way – we all HATE low water pressure. There’s nothing worse than going to wash dishes and finding the sink is barely a trickle. Or getting ready for a nice warm shower after a beach day to find your shower barely puts any water out. It’s a universal pet peeve, but it happens fairly often. So, what exactly causes low water pressure? How can you fix it once it’s started? Let’s answer those questions now! 

What Causes Low Water Pressure? 

The answer to this question isn’t simple. It depends on many things, including where the low water pressure is coming from (i.e., kitchen sink vs. shower head) and how that faucet is used (i.e., everyday use or occasionally). We’ve compiled a list of some of the most common reasons you’re experiencing low water pressure. 

  • Corrosion: this takes place when oxidation occurs in interior pipes causing a slow water flow. This happens with older plumbing systems and often leads to a hole and complete stoppage in water flow. 
  • Debris Build Up: This can come in many forms, including build-up from minerals, dirt, solidified oils, and even leftover food particles. All of these cause low water pressure because it blocks water flow. 
  • Plumbing Leaks: If you have a leak in your system, it will cause low water pressure because it means some water and pressure are escaping from the pipes. 

Again, these are just some common causes of low water pressure. Ask your plumber to come out to address other issues before deciding on the best solution. 

How Do You Fix Low Water Pressure? 

Here are some potential solutions for your low water pressure problems. As we stated above, these don’t cover all possible solutions. To find the solution that’s best for your situation, be sure to contact your plumbing professional. They’ll be able to assess the situation and ensure the proper fix is made. 

  • Flush your water heater. If you’ve noticed that pipes connected to your water heater have low water pressure, this can indicate a clog in the system. Water heaters can become clogged with scale and debris during regular use. Flushing the system will help remove this build-up and restore your water pressure to normal. 
  • Switch your shower heads & clean your faucets. If you’ve had the same shower head for a long time, it may be time for an upgrade. New efficient shower heads can help you use less water and will likely have better pressure. The same goes for your faucets. Over time these systems can become corroded or dirty from hard water and dirt. Replacing or cleaning these systems with vinegar can help to restore water pressure. 
  • Upgrade your plumbing system. Older systems used galvanized pipes which become easily corroded and cause low water pressure. Replacing your system can help solve this problem along with others. Old systems are likely to develop several issues, and replacing them can help avoid these possible disasters. 
  • Adjust the city supply line pressure regulator. If you receive water from the municipal system, there’s likely a water pressure regulator on your main line. It’s pretty easy to adjust yourself once it’s been located. If you find that the gauge reads lower than 40 PSI, we recommend raising it to 50 PSI. Just be careful not to overcorrect. 

We hope that these solutions are helpful to you. Remember that if you’re unsure what’s happening or experiencing other warning signs of plumbing problems besides water pressure, we recommend you call your plumbing expert. If you’re local to Gloucester and surrounding counties, Miller’s Services is here to assist you; our experts are happy to come out and diagnose your plumbing problem. Just call (804) 758-4314! 

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