Low water pressure can be one of the most irritating plumbing problems for homeowners. This issue can disrupt daily chores, such as washing the dishes or showering, and it can cause the water to slowly trickle out of the tap.
Identifying the cause behind your low water pressure problem is the first step towards fixing this issue, so here are some causes why your home may be suffering from low water pressure. .
1. Debris or Mineral Buildup inside the Pipes
It’s very common for debris to build up in your pipes. Galvanized iron pipes tend to rust over time, which can cause the valves and aerators to plug up and result in low water pressure. Additionally, sometimes debris may accumulate inside the pipe when the plastic ‘dip tube’ inside your water heater disintegrates. The pieces of plastic floating in the water heater tank can also restrict the flow of water.
Another potential cause for low water flow comes from mineral deposit build up inside the pipes, since water flowing through contains deposits such as magnesium carbonate, calcium, and manganese. Typically hard water containing about 3.6 grains of mineral per gallon (GPG) or above tend to leave greater deposits inside the pipes.
Calling a professional handyman to examine your water pressure can help you determine whether low water flow is caused by debris or mineral build-up. Once you’ve identified this as the cause, you can easily apply plumbing chemicals to break down the debris or mineral deposits inside the pipe to resolve the problem.
2. Pipe Leakage
Water leaks inside the house can also restrict water flow. To find out whether there is a leak in your pipes, turn off all the taps and then check the water meter. If the water meter needle moves even when all the taps are turned off then there might be a leak in the pipe that needs to be replaced by a plumber.
3. Fault in the Water Pressure Regulating Valve
A faulty water pressure regulating valve can also result in restricted water flow. The pressure regulator is usually a bell-shaped device that is located near the near the main shut off valve. In some homes, the valve will be an electric ball valve. Sometimes the valve is located below the hose connection in the front of the house. A handyman can inspect the pressure valve and replace it in case it is not working properly.
4. Problem in the Municipal Water Supply
Sometimes the water flow problem is not caused by plumbing problems inside the house. The issue may often be a problem with the area’s municipal water supply system. Similar to house plumbing, problems may develop in the supply pipes of the municipal authority. The pipes may be subject to build-ups, leaks, and other problems that result in low water pressure. This isn’t exactly something that can be fixed by switching water supplier, but it may – dependent on your situation – be the straw that broke the camel’s back if you’ve had issues before.
The best way to identify this as the cause is to call your local municipal company to ask whether there are any issues with the plumbing, and when the problem will be resolved.
A professional handyman can help you identify any water flow problems in order to resolve the issue quickly and efficiently.