You may be feeling the symptoms of low water pressure if your showerheads are weak, water dribbles from taps and your washing machine takes an eternity to fill. However, how do you fix this problem and increase water pressure at home?
This very common plumbing issue can develop for a variety of causes, but fortunately, it can usually be fixed with little effort or money. However, before making any changes to improve your home's water pressure, you must first identify the source of the low water pressure. Low water pressure is typically caused by a problem, deterioration, or error in your home's water system.
What Causes Low Water Pressure in Your Home?
There are a variety of reasons why a home's water pressure is low, and it can sometimes be the consequence of multiple issues occurring at the same time. A few of the most prevalent causes of low water pressure are listed below:
Valves that are partially closed or blocked
After construction, a house's main water valve is sometimes left just slightly open, or it is accidentally bumped. Low pressure can be caused by a partially closed valve, which allows only a portion of the normal volume of water to enter the house.
Water pressure regulators are valves that are installed on the main water supply entering a home to reduce the pressure to a safe level for everyday use. Water pressure in your home may be lower than usual if your pressure regulator is outdated or deteriorating.
Using Too Much Water at the Same Time
The gallons per minute flow rate is the amount of water your family can draw in one minute (GPM). If your home has a flow rate of 12 GPM and you have many water faucets and appliances running, you may exceed your allotted flow rate, which may result in a water bill.
Blocked Showerheads or Faucets
Water faucets and showerheads can get clogged with debris, accumulate mineral deposits, or simply fail, resulting in poor water pressure.
Pipe leaks in your home or in the main water line going to your home siphon water from your pipes, resulting in less water reaching your faucets and appliances. Water leaks are not only inconvenient and costly, but they also cause your home's water pressure to drop.
Mineral buildup or debris in the pipes restricts the amount of water that can flow through them, resulting in lower water pressure.
How to Fix the Problem
If you use city water, you can call your city’s water department and have them check the water pressure (often at no cost to you!). They can determine if there is a problem with the city’s water pipes, or if the issue is arising from the pipes in your home.
You can also adjust the pressure-reducing valve, which is found on the main water supply pipe. Use a pressure gauge to determine when you’ve reached the correct water pressure (around 50 PSI).
If all else fails, hire a trusted local plumber! We at ASAP Plumbing are experts at identifying and solving any plumbing problems you may experience, including increasing your water pressure. We recommend leaving any plumbing issues to the professionals to avoid any damage to your home.
If you’re experiencing issues with your water pressure levels, contact your trusted experts at ASAP Plumbing! We will be happy to help you find and solve any water problems you may be experiencing. Visit our website at plumbinggulfportms.com or call us at (228)-864-ASAP!
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