Four Possible Reasons for Water Pressure Problems
Home water pressure problems can present themselves in different ways, which can be frustrated because it’s not easy to pinpoint the exact cause of your home’s water pressure. Whether your showerhead may not be giving you the strong spray you want or your washing machine may take much longer to run a cycle than it should, it may be remedied if it is just focusing on fixing that one fixture. However, there are various plumbing issues that could affect your water pressure. The first step is to narrow down the cause. Here are 4 possible causes.
1. Is the Water Meter Valve Fully Open?
In many homes, there are two major shut-off valves controlling the water in your home. The first is the water meter valve which is found on the street-side. Normally you will not be using this valve because it technically belongs to the city but if your water pressure is low throughout your entire house then it’s possible that the first valve is not fully opened, especially if you have had some recent repairs worked on in your plumbing system.
2. Is the Main Shut-Off Valve Open?
On the homeowner side of the water meter, you will notice that there is a main shut-off valve. It is usually located on an outside wall where the main water line enters your home. Make sure this valve is fully open. As with this water meter valve, the main shut-off valve is sometimes left partially closed after some kind of repair has been done to your system.
3. Is the Pressure Regulator Failing?
Another common cause of home water pressure problems can be the pressure regulator. That is if your home plumbing system is equipped with one. The pressure regulator is a control valve that reduces the pressure on your plumbing system to a safe level that will not damage your pipes. Not all homes have a pressure regulator but if you home do have one then a failing pressure regulator can cause a serious upward spike in water pressure.
4. Does Your Plumbing System Need to Be Replaced?
The most serious and potentially one of the most expensive reasons for low water pressure is when old plumbing pipes have finally become too corroded and filled with scale for water to run freely anymore. The solution here would be to re-pipe the system with new copper or plastic water supply wiping.
Since these potential causes are serious and could possibly require a permit then it is important to call a plumber. If you have a plumbing emergency, then call Mike’s Plumbing and Heating! And relax, we’ll take care of it!
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