Advice · August 28, 2018

7 Reasons Why Your Water Pressure Is Low

Low water pressure at home can cause inconvenience and can very annoying. However, it is important to understand that low water pressure is an indication of an underlying plumbing issue. If you are experiencing decreasing water pressure, you need to look at all possible underlying issues and have them corrected as soon as possible. Here are some of the reasons why you may be experiencing low water pressure.

1.      Clogged Aerator or Faucet

Clogged Aerator or Faucet

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If your water pressure is low from only a single outlet in your home, there is a chance that the faucet or aerator might be clogged. To determine if this is the case, you need to examine the pressure in all the other outlets around the house. If the clog is in only one faucet or aerator, you can consider having it changed to restore normal pressure.

2.      Issues with The Water Heater

Issues with The Water Heater

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If you find that your water pressure issue only affects the hot water outlets, it is an indication that the water heating system has a malfunction. Partial closures or leaks in the water heater can affect the hot water pressure.

3.      Leaking or Running Toilet

Leaking or Running Toilet

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Leaking or running toilets can cause a drop in water pressure around the home. You can easily tell whether your toilet is leaking from the movement and sound of water in the toilet bowl. Another way to check for a toilet leak is by using food color in the tank and checking the bowl after an hour without flushing. If there is a leak, the color will have leaked through to the bowl.

4.      The Pressure Regulator

Pressure Regulator

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The pressure regulating valve is used to moderate the very high pressure of water from the main source and also to stabilize the water pressure. Adjusting or tightening the screws of the valves will increase the water pressure. If the valves are broken, they will need replacement.

5.      The Shut-Off Valve

Shut-Off Valve

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There is a main shutoff valve that works to control the general flow of water around the home. If this valve is partially closed, it causes a reduction in water pressure to your home. If you are experiencing low water pressure, you can check the shut-off valve and ensure it is fully open to restore normal water pressure.

6.      Build-Up of Minerals

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If you have never changed your plumbing system, the reasons for low water pressure might be caused by the old system. Old pipes can gather minerals deposits from water over the years. Eventually, these deposits create a layer around the pipes which affects the flow of water through the pipes. If this is the cause of low water pressure in your home, you can call Drain Rescue plumbers for a plumbing system overhaul.

7.      Water Leaks

Water Leaks

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Water leaks can also cause low water pressure in your home. They are most common in households with old plumbing systems. If you suspect that leaks are the cause of the low water pressure in-house, it is important to call a plumber to have it looked into and corrected.