Is your water pressure suddenly lacking? Here are six possible reasons for your low water pressure and what you need to do (or who you need to call) to fix it.
Your Fixtures are Faulty (or Dirty)
If only one or a few fixtures have a low flow, the problem may just be with the fixtures as opposed to your water supply or pipes.
Aerators on faucets are designed to reduce the volume of water coming from your faucet without changing the pressure. But over time, aerators can become clogged with dirt, hard water buildup, or rust over. If your faucet suddenly has low water pressure, remove the aerator and see if it needs cleaning. Once they’re clear of any buildup, put them back on and see if the water pressure is back to normal.
Fixtures themselves can also become faulty. Always start out by cleaning the fixture to see if that will fix the problem. White vinegar is a great all-natural, affordable option to try. If that doesn’t change the water pressure, it might be a good idea to look into replacing that plumbing fixture.
Check Your Water Heater
If your cold water pressure is fine but your hot water pressure is low, the issue might lie within your water heater. The issue could be the shut-off calve isn’t open all the way. Even if the valve is slightly closed, it can decrease water pressure. So check to make sure it hasn’t been closed. It should be next to or on the heater itself.
If the shut-off valve isn’t the issue, sediment buildup may be the problem. Mineral and sediment buildup within the tank can cause low water pressure. Especially in Arizona, the hard water can cause much faster rates of buildup. In this case, you’ll want to flush the tank to clear the sediment.
Your Pipes are Clogged
Sometimes, clogs can form deep in your pipes. Even a small clog can cause pressure issues with your water.
Unfortunately, this kind of clog can be anywhere beneath your home, so calling a plumber to help is essential. The last thing you want to do is start pulling pipes apart looking for a mystery clog and not being able to put them back together. You also don’t want to put harsh chemicals down your drain to try and remove the clog. That can corrode your pipes, and you’ll be left with more problems than just low water pressure.
Your Pipes are Leaking
It doesn’t always take a big leak to mess with your water pressure. A leak is misdirecting your water supply so even if everything else is working, you’re not getting the full flow.
If you have access to your pipes, it’s important to take a look around for any wet spots or pooling water. If you find a leaking pipe, call a plumber as soon as possible. Leaky pipes can damage your foundation as well as contaminate your drinking water. Until the plumber can get to you, try a quick fix so you don’t cause more damage (and raise your water bill). Turn off your water supply and dry the pipe and surrounding area as much as you can. Then wrap a rubber patch around the spot that is leaking. Use electrical tape or a pipe repair clamp to secure the patch into place.
The Pressure Regulator is Failing
A water pressure regulator, also known as a pressure-reducing valve (PRV), works to bring water pressure down to optimal levels before it reaches the plumbing fixtures in your home. Not every home will have one, but for those that do, a failing pressure regulator can cause a sudden spike or reduction in your water pressure.
When a pressure regulator fails, you’ll suddenly notice the effect on all the fixtures in your home. You can replace one by yourself with the same brand and size, but it’s not a bad idea to call in a professional to take care of it for you.
The Water Meter Valve isn’t Fully Open
The water meter valve is the second valve controlling the water intake in your house. It belongs to the water company, so most residents won’t deal with this valve directly. They can be hard to reach, especially if it’s located underground. If you’ve recently had work done on your home and noticed low water pressure after the job has finished, you might want to contact your water company. In a case like this, the valve was not opened all the way after the work was complete, so the valve will need to be opened all the way for your water pressure to go back to normal.
Let Us Help You with Your Low Water Pressure
Low-pressure water can be annoying to deal with and can ruin everything from your shower to watering your lawn. Don’t deal with it for long and call City Plumbing Services to help you out. We’ll fix the issue and get you back to enjoying your regular water pressure. We’re always here to provide reliable and professional plumbing services you can trust. We’re located in Cave Creek but are ready to help those in Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Surprise, and most of the East Valley of Arizona.