Low water pressure – 8 Resasons why it takes place in your home

There is nothing more annoying than to have low water pressure. It can be a result of a number of issues in the plumbing system of your house, which includes:

Water heating issues

Is the pressure of the water low around all the parts of the building? Then you need to switch all the faucets in the build off. Doing so, one at a time. The bathroom, kitchen, basement, outdoor and garage faucets are expected to have a consistent pressure. Some of the faucets may be designed with a pressure reducing mechanism like a low-flow head in a shower. You have to separately run both cold and hot water from each faucet. If the low pressure is experienced only from the hot water source, then the fault stems from the water heating system.

Look around the water heating system for leakages and check if the shut—off valve is turned. Much pressure is generated by water heating systems and can prove to be dangerous if carelessly handled. They have to be inspected and worked upon by only licensed plumbing professionals to avoid injuries. Do make sure that the shut-off valve of the heating system is opened.

Clogged Aerator Screen.

A clogged aerator screen leads to only low pressures on both the cold and hot lines from a faucet. Unscrew the aerator and observe the flow of water. Check if it is normal, and if that is the case, this is good. It simply means that the flow of water was held back by the aerator. Soak the device into vinegar and water solution for the removal of minerals and particles attached to the screen, then replace it.

Issues relating to Pressure reducing valve (PRV)

If the pressure is low in different places around the house, you must check the areas that can give rise to such issues. The PRV is one such area. To check it out, other calves may have to be shut off. The PRV is usually positioned just outside the house, in the area where your main water line travels into the house. Shaped like a bell, the PRV has a screw for adjustments on its top. To increase the pressure, you have to turn it clockwise and in the opposite direction to reduce pressure. Is the low-pressure issue addressed by adjusting the PRV? If it is not, then the valve is not functioning properly or it is broken, and it needs replacing. A capable hand from TRUST ROOTER is recommended to handle these issues, since the removal and replacement of the PRV may lead to complications that our expert plumbers will tackle in no time.

Water Shut off Valve 

This valve is located at the water meter outside the building or close to the PRV. The water shutoff valve, if nudged can easily affect the pressure of water in the building. Turning it off will switch off the flow of water in the building. It is worth remembering that the water shutoff valve can control water flow in the building in case a plumbing issue arises such as a pipe burst so that you can simply shut the flow. Open the water shutoff valve, then examine all the faucets with low pressure earlier and see if any improvement is made.

Leakages

If you are experiencing low pressure in different areas in the house and the above solutions fail to resolve the issue, you have to look out for leakages around the house.

  • Start by checking all areas with plumbing fixtures, behind counters, appliances, toilet rank seals, faucets, beneath the kitchen sinks, showerheads, and lines running to the dishwasher.
  • Look out for water stains on the bottom of the cabinet and look out for dryness.
  • Have you observed any of your toilets gurgle constantly or fill partially after flushing? Then, you have to inspect all the toilet tanks personally. If the water runs continually or is found to be lower than its normal level, then you have to compare it with the stain of the waterline in the tank. In most cases, there will be no need for the replacement of the round flap in the tank holding the water until you have to push the handle. If the entire apparatus is old looking, simply replace it.
  • Your service meter is another spot to check. This device is usually found in the proximity of the water line or close to the electric meter. Take down the numbers and look out for the leak indicator as well. The leak indicator does not have much sensitivity to slow leakages since it deals in a set amount of volume. So, another reading has to be taken after some hours without opening any water outlet in the entire house area. If you get different numbers after some hours, you can be sure a leakage is taking place somewhere.

To determine the leak source, you can contact the water company supplying your property. This might not be straightforward as the water supply company is often concerned with the operations of the water line reaching your home and their other equipment. For quicker and all-rounded solutions, reach out to us at TRUST ROOTER. Our services cover West Palm County and Broward. You can be assured that we will not only determine the leakage but are fully equipped to fix it.

TRUST ROOTER can resolve all your plumbing issues related to low water pressure. Our plumbing professionals who are fully equipped and armed with the right expertise make this possible. We will further analyze all your plumbing lines and features as well as offer reliable advice on the upgrade process of a plumbing line and fixtures to a more resource-efficient, cleaner and aesthetic system that will not only exceed your expectations but your lifestyle and home goals. Our upgrade will bring more comfort to your home. We are more than just any plumbing services you could have ever imagined. We are right there to fix, repair and replace when our services are needed.

Many issues may arise in numerous ways from home water pressure, which leads to frustration. It may be your showerhead letting out a weak spray, or your faucet taking much time to fill a bathtub or sink. It may also involve your washing machine or dishwasher as they take forever to run a cycle.

When low water pressure affects only one fixture, resolving the problem is easier if the focus is placed on the pipe serving the fixture or on the fixture itself. If the problem involves multiple fixtures around the house, an entire problem emerges. If you experience low water pressure in your home, your first option is to pinpoint the cause.

Have you fully opened your water meter valve?

Many homes make use of two major valves to control the flow of water into the house. The water meter valve is the first, and it is positioned close to the main city pipe’s water meter. This pipe is technically under the ownership of the water company, and you will not have to make use of it in a normal circumstance. Nevertheless, if you experience low water pressure in every corner of the house, especially when your plumbing system had recently been worked on, you have to check the valve to ensure it is fully opened.

If a plumbing repair work has recently taken place in your home and water pressure reduction is now observed everywhere in the house, the metal valve has to be checked. It can be seen on a wall outside the building, in an enclosed utility area, or an underground box between the street and your house. All you have to do is ensure the valve is fully opened.

Is the Main House Shut off Valve Open?

The other main shut off valve for you house, usually located near where the main city supply pipe enters the home through the foundation wall. In warm climates, the main shutoff may be outdoors. Make sure this valve is fully open. If this is a gate valve, indicated by a wheel-like handle, make sure the handle is turned fully in the counterclockwise direction. If it is a ball valve, indicated by a lever handle, the handle must be parallel to the pipe direction to be fully open.

How Old is your water pipes, and are they made of steel?

The corrosion of old galvanized steel is one of the major reasons why low water pressure occurs. This is because the corroded pipe restricts water flow significantly. As the corrosion takes place inside the pipe, it is not usually seen. After some time, corrosion buildup shuts off the passageways of the pipe.

This problem occurs gradually and takes several years until the pipes are fully blocked. As corrosion increases, a drop in pressure will be observed. The only available solution for corroded steel pipes is re-piping. A new plastic or copper pipe material is used to replace the old- galvanized steel. The PEX tubing even offers better ease of installation and cost efficiency than copper pipes when considering the re-piping options available to you. For assured re-piping services, make sure to reach out to professional plumber to efficiently handle the job.