If you've opened your sink or shower and notice that water trickles out slowly instead of spraying out at its normal speed and volume, you have low water pressure. Low water pressure can have many causes, and can sometimes indicate issues with your plumbing system. Here's a brief list of some of the common causes of low water pressure to help you fix the problem.
4 Common Causes of Low Water Pressure
1. Faulty Faucets and Fixtures
When you turn on your faucet or shower and notice water trickling out slowly, it could be because the aerator in the fixture is clogged. You can clean the aerator by taking apart the fixture, using a toothbrush to brush off the debris, then soaking the parts in vinegar overnight to get rid of scale and buildup. If you've noticed that this doesn't change the pressure, it can mean that the faucet or showerhead itself is faulty and should be replaced.
2. Leaks in Plumbing System
Leaks in your pipes and plumbing can cause low water pressure because leaks divert water flow. As the water is trying to make its way to your tap, some of it is being released through the leak, causing less water to come out, and at a lower pressure. You can identify a leak by shutting off all the water in your home and keeping an eye on your water meter. If it shows usage after a few hours, you probably have a leak and should contact a plumber to come and repair it.
3. Corroded Pipes
The pipes in a plumbing system are made of metal, which generally has a lifespan of 100 years. After this, they begin to rust and corrode, which affects good water flow. If you live in an old home, it's possible that corrosion and mineral buildup in your pipes is causing your low water pressure, in which case, a plumber should be called to inspect and repair the pipes.
4. Broken Pressure Regulator
Water pressure regulators are meant to stabilize the water pressure in your home, keeping it strong as it flows through the system. A broken pressure regulator can cause your pressure to become too high or too low, so if the water pressure in your home suddenly changes in all faucets and fixtures, it can indicate a broken regulator. If you suspect this is the case, hire a plumber to inspect and repair the regulator.
For plumbing installation and repairs in Ontario, NY, contact John Lockwood Plumbing. This family-owned business has been serving the community for over 40 years with expert residential and commercial plumbing services, from small services like leak repairs and improving water pressure to overall system installations. They're committed to excellent customer service and will leave you results that last. To request an estimate, call them at (585) 265-0736 or visit their website for a list of their services.