Don’t Let Low Water Pressure Keep You Low
There’s not much worse than getting in the shower for an invigorating cleanse and finding the water pressure pitifully low. All the cursing and grumbling in the world won’t bring it back if something is seriously wrong with the water pressure. Sometimes, the mystery remains a mystery when the pressure goes from low to high, allowing for a proper shower. One could go searching for the low-pressure culprit if one were so inclined. But, most people go on with their day, forgetting about the inconvenience until it happens again.
There are some things homeowners can do to fix and prevent low water pressure from happening to them. Read on to find out more.
Poor Water Pressure Causes
There are several potential causes of low water pressure. Sometimes it’s another person in the home using the water. Other times it’s other people in the building or the neighborhood all using water at once, affecting the pressure. Sometimes a city work crew may turn the water off to a home for a few minutes to do some work, unbeknownst to the homeowners.
Other times the causes of low water pressure are more sinister. It can be caused by a buildup in the pipes - especially in older homes with steel or copper pipes. This can also happen in the water heater - although the cold water pressure should still be fine. Another thing to look out for is a leak. Homeowners who experience a drop in water pressure and a rise in the water bill probably have a leak somewhere.
How To Fix Low Water Pressure
It’s all fine and dandy to know the causes of low water pressure, but how should one go about fixing it? There are a few ways. The first is to check the two main water valves of a house to make sure they’re open. Homeowners who have just had plumbing work done or a city work crew outside should always check these valves first if they have low pressure. One of these valves is on the water meter, whereas the other one is somewhere on the property, usually in a green utility box in the ground.
Those that live in older homes should call a professional to check for clogs. Those who live in newer homes may need to check the meter to see if it’s moving when no one’s using water in the house - this indicates a leak. Finally, those with low water pressure in the shower alone may be dealing with a pressure regulator in the showerhead, which can be removed with a little help from YouTube.
Prevent Poor Water Pressure To Begin With
Of course, the best way to deal with low water pressure is to prevent it in the first place. Homeowners can do this by scheduling regular plumbing maintenance and checkups. Many plumbing companies offer affordable yearly packages. Those homeowners who have a professional plumber check out their system every so often generally experience better water pressure and a healthier overall plumbing system.
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