Are you having problems with low water pressure? Indeed, low water pressure is usually a symptom, or is indicative, of a bigger problem. When it comes down to it, homes aren’t supposed to have low water pressure. Not only are there regulators that ensure high water pressure, but pipes are installed to ensure that water flows at an even stream according to how you adjust a faucet. The last thing you want is to expect a hot, blasting shower, but then get a low stream that is less than enjoyable. For this reason, it can help to have some tips and tricks for solving the low water pressure problem. Here are some low water pressure troubleshooting basics for homeowners.
- Try knocking on a showerhead or faucet. One of the simplest ways to fix a low water pressure issue is to knock on the showerhead or faucet. It could be that mineral deposits are causing the faucet’s pressure to weaken. If knocking the faucet or showerhead with your hand doesn’t work, you could also use a soft mallet. You don’t want to hit that hard – just some gentle taps will do.
- Replace the aerator on a faucet. If you are having an issue with low water pressure in a faucet, it could be that the aerator needs replacing. The aerator is like a little screen that focuses the water. Over time, the aerator can become clogged – with either minerals or scum – and can cause the water to come out slowly. First, you want to take off the aerator to find out if the aerator is the culprit. If it isn’t, you don’t want to waste a perfectly good aerator.
- See if your home’s water pressure regulator is off. Each home has a main water pressure regulator. Sometimes, this regulator can go haywire and you are required to purchase a new one. You may want to test your water pressure regularly by reading the gauge. If the gauge is off, there is a good chance that you need to replace the regulator. You can also ask your county’s water utility to replace the regulator if you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself.
- Call your water utility to make sure it is not a widespread problem. If the regulator is not the issue, it could be that your entire community is experiencing water pressure issues. If this is the case, you will just have to wait until the utility remedies the problem. When a water utility has a problem at the plant, it can result in low water pressure for thousands of people – if not more.
- Hire a plumbing service to inspect your pipes. If you have old pipes, or if you suspect that there may be a problem with your pipes, you may want to contact a plumbing company, like Northeast Plumbing & Mechanical, to inspect the problem. It could be that your old pipes are causing the low pressure. By replacing pipes or updating your plumbing system, you could remedy the problem.