There are a plethora of things that can affect the various components of your plumbing system, from a faucet leak to tree root infiltration in your sewer line. But there’s one issue, in particular, that’s especially important to be aware of, and that’s a decline in water pressure coming into your home.
The thing is, when your water pressure suffers, so to do your showers, your dishes, and any daily task that requires a pressurized stream of water. If you’ve discovered the problem of low water pressure in your home, it’s time to get to the bottom of what’s going on. Read on, for guidance.
Is Low Water Pressure Only Impacting One Faucet?
First, you’ll want to determine whether a decline in water pressure is coming from a single faucet, or if multiple faucets and fixtures in your home are impacted. If it’s only one faucet, then you might be able to resolve the problem on your own with nothing more than a pair of pliers!
The problem you’re looking at is likely a clogged aerator—this is a small screen that sits at the end of most faucets to help control water pressure and keep it flowing out smoothly as it’s meant to. But this screen can get clogged up with mineral build-up due to hard water. The minerals of hard water—calcium and magnesium—are harmless to ingest, but can have a negative impact on your plumbing system in more ways than one.
Fixing this problem can be done by:
- Using pliers to remove the clogged aerator from the end of the faucet.
- Inspecting the aerator for debris and tapping it out (into a trash can versus your drain, to prevent further clogging issues).
- Reinstalling the aerator.
- Turning on both the hot and cold water to ensure that the water pressure has been restored.
If this doesn’t do the trick, it may be time to call a plumber. It could be a problem with a pipe, such as a clog or even a leak.
What If Water Pressure Is Down Throughout Your Home?
If low water pressure is impacting your entire plumbing system, then you know it’s a more serious problem. It means that your main water line is, in fact, in jeopardy. In most cases, it definitely requires a call to a professional plumber.
That said, it could be that your main water shut-off valve was slightly closed off, or that the pressure-reducing valve needed adjusting. Other times though, the problem can be more severe, such as in cases such as:
- The pipes becoming clogged with minerals from hard water. In some cases, this can be resolved with professional drain cleaning. In others, you could end up needing pipe replacement.
- The plumbing system experiencing a major leak within your water line or another important part.
- A problem occurring with the municipal water supply.
There is a way for you to check if your plumbing system has a leak. Stop the use of all your sinks, showers, and plumbing appliances for about half an hour. Record the reading on your water meter, and then when the 30 minutes is up, check the reading. If there was a change, chances are you do in fact have a leak. Next, it’s time to call a professional plumber, as we have the tools and the expertise to accurately locate the leak and repair it.