Low water pressure may not only cause inconveniences within your household, but it can also be an indicator of a larger problem within your plumbing. There are a wide variety of reasons as to why you could be experiencing this issue, so the Knight Plumbing team selected a few of the most common causes for low water pressure to help you solve the problem. Check it out!
Main Water Valve Isn’t Fully Open
The main water valve can either be located inside your house, through the foundation, or found outside, depending on the climate of where you live. If you have recently had an appliance replaced or moved into a new home that was previously vacant and are experiencing problems with low water pressure, you should check to see if your main water valve is fully open. Checking this before assuming there is a larger problem with your plumbing can save you time and money!
Old Water Pipes
Over the years, old water pipes have likely collected a buildup of sediment and chemicals that you would never even realize is there. This most commonly occurs in galvanized steel pipes. The buildup will eventually corrode the pipes, causing almost complete blockage of the water flow. This restriction in the pipes will continue to lower your water pressure over time, and the only solution for this is to have the old pipes replaced with new plastic or copper pipes.
Build Up In Nozzle Head
If you notice that only one sink or shower in your house is having problems with water pressure, then you may need to check if the nozzle has buildup. Nozzle buildup is similar to pipe buildup, but has a simpler solution for the problem. To check if the nozzle has blockage, simply unscrew and remove the nozzle and then check if the water flow returns to normal. For more information about cleaning your fixtures, check out our in-depth guide!
Multiple Appliances in Use
When there are too many water-using appliances running in your house at one time, this may cause restricted water flow to each appliance. This will likely not cause any long-term problems, but is probably inconvenient for you if you are trying to shower and use a sink simultaneously. To help solve this problem, you can stagger the times of your water usage to eliminate low water pressure!
Broken Or Leaking Pipes
One of the most serious causes for low water pressure is if you have a leaking or broken pipe within your home’s plumbing system. You may be able to catch a leaking or broken pipe by seeing a random increase in your water bill. This is an issue that needs to be resolved quickly because it can potentially cause long-term water damage in your home, so call a professional plumber if this is the case!
Plumbing concerns are not something that you should just ignore. If you are having trouble with water pressure, contact Knight Plumbing today! Our team can help diagnose the problem and fix the issues with our around-the-clock 24/7 emergency services!