Low water pressure is a frustratingly common problem, especially in older homes. While it doesn’t make the place unlivable, many busy homeowners have trouble finding the time for repairs or don’t want to spend the money to fix something that seems so small. For your home to feel comfortable and to be its happiest, however, taking a closer look at that water-pressure problem is definitely worth your time.
What causes low water pressure and what can you do about it?
- Are you the only one the block dealing with it? If low water pressure is a problem that plagues the whole neighborhood, the issue may be municipal. If it is a neighborhood concern, then there may not be a specific fix. However, you can pick up a relatively inexpensive water pressure booster to install inside your own home.
- Could it be a water pressure reducer valve? If you’re not living in new construction, a previous homeowner may have had a water pressure reducing valve installed. This is done occasionally in order to save on water and lower monthly bills. If you do discover such a valve, you’ll need to call in a plumber to have them adjust it to allow a higher amount of pressure.
- No reduction valve, or the problem only happens with hot water, not cold? Check to see if the main shut-off valve on your hot water heater tank is open all the way. If it isn’t, you can adjust it yourself — no need to call in a plumber in this case. This simple little move may very well fix the problems. If that doesn’t provide a fix, call in a plumber to take a look at the appliance itself.
- Do you have a leak in the main? Take a walk around your basement or garage and check for any obvious signs of a leak. It’s also worth taking a look at where your water supply meets the municipal supply to see if you have any visual evidence of a leak there. If the weather has been dry, seeing any obvious moisture here is a good sign that you should call your local water department and have them send someone out to take a look.
- Is the low pressure only in the shower? It may just mean that your showerhead needs some cleaning. Detach and soak in vinegar, rinse and reinstall. If the problem persists, try replacing the showerhead entirely.
- Perhaps it’s just one or two sink faucets having trouble? It’s very common for a faucet or two to not provide the water pressure you need. A clogged aerator may be your problem here. Unscrew the nozzle and check for buildup. You can quickly and easily clean it with a simple vinegar soak. If that doesn’t work, replacements are inexpensive and easy to find at your local home improvement store.
- Does the problem persist even after you’ve cleaned the showerhead or faucet? If so, odds are good you have a clog inside the drains themselves. Once you’re dealing with clogs of that nature, the best idea is to call in one of Corley’s experienced professionals for a thorough inspection, drain cleaning, and any possible needed repairs.
Low water pressure is a small, irritating problem that could be a symptom of something that will turn into a big problem later on. We here at Corley are always happy to come out and take a look! Our friendly, experienced professionals will walk you through what’s wrong and what we’ll need to do to fix it. Service Partner Plan members receive one plumbing evaluation each year with their membership, giving you a great time to bring up those little issues you’d like to see fixed.. You can reach us by phone at (864) 661-2811 or contact us online today!