Under Pressure: Why is Water Pressure Low in Your Home

Are you finding it impossible to get all the shampoo out of your hair because of low water pressure? Why is water pressure low in your shower or faucets? There are a number of reasons for this to occur. Learn what causes these issues, how you can spot the cause, and what you should do to solve the problem.

Debris and Corrosion

Why is water pressure low? There are many reasons behind low water pressure in your home. The first is debris or mineral buildup inside of your pipes. If a water main fractures, it can allow all sorts of debris like sand and dirt to slowly build up in your pipes causing a blockage.

Under Pressure: Why is Water Pressure Low in Your Home

Even without a fracture, water running through your piping can leave behind mineral deposits which will also cause a blockage. You can use a chemical flush to wash out the debris in your pipes but finding the direct source of the problem could be difficult without the help of a professional.

Another problem that can occur is corrosion. Your pipes are meant to last for upwards of 20 years but the inside of them is susceptible to corrosion over the years from natural wear and tear. Unfortunately, corrosion in the pipes is not something you can fix on your own.

Leaky Pipes

A leak in your plumbing could also be the cause of your water pressure issues. Even a small leak will deter water from getting to its destination in full force.

To find out if you have a leak, shut off every water tap both inside and outside of your home. Take note of your water meter level and then return to see if there are any changes after a few hours.

If your meter has gone up, that means that your water usage has gone up. And since you have shut off all of your water taps, your increase in water usage is due to a leak. If this is the case, then it is time to call a plumber.

Water Valves

If you have considered and debunked the causes mentioned above, don’t jump right into calling a professional to come find the source of your problem. There is still one more extremely simple solution to your problem.

Wherever you are experiencing low water pressure, check to make sure the water valve has not been accidentally tightened or shut off completely. You may have forgotten to turn the valve back on after shutting it off or maybe you have small children who like to play with everything around the house. Either way, you don’t want to call a professional just for them to tell you that your water valve was shut off.

Under Pressure: Why is Water Pressure Low in Your Home

Pressure Regulation

Whether you are experiencing low water pressure or too much water pressure, it could be the result of having a faulty pressure regulator. A pressure regulator keeps the water pressure at a safe level before entering the plumbing of your home. Too much pressure can cause damage to your plumbing.

The use of a constant pressure plumbing system is recommended for optimum pressure regulation. A constant pressure system adjusts to the amount of water usage that is happening at any given time. If the water demand increases in your home, meaning that multiple taps are open at the same time, then your water pump will increase to perform at the required level. If the water usage goes down, the pump will subside. This is the most efficient system you can have, as the pump will only be used as much as necessary.

Why is Water Pressure Low? Still Unsure? 

Water pressure is sometimes a very underrated thing. You don’t notice its importance until you have to take a 30-minute shower just to get all the shampoo out of your hair or when your sprinklers look like a little kid shooting their water pistol. Whatever the cause of your water pressure problems, it is always best to call a professional.

Why is water pressure low in your home? Let us help you get to the source of the problem. A1 Well Drilling and Pump Service has the experience and skills necessary to solve all of your water pressure issues. Contact us today to find out how we can help with your water treatment needs.

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