homeowners have experienced the irritation of dealing
with low water pressure in the house at least once. Low
water pressure makes simple daily activities, such as
showering or washing your dishes, frustrating and time
consuming, but finding the cause can be the most irksome
aspect of this common plumbing problem.
what causes a home’s low water pressure? Here are some
of the usual suspects, as well as some possible
Debris and mineral buildup in pipes
— such as sand, dirt, and pollutants — can enter
your home’s pipes when a water main fractures. Even
without a fractured line, your pipes are susceptible to
mineral buildup from the deposits that water leaves
behind when traveling through your home. Even a small
amount of sediment can create a blockage in your home’s
solution to this piping problem is to examine a section
of the pipe to determine whether mineral buildup is the
problem. If this is the case, plumbing chemicals that
break down and flush the debris can solve the problem
more often than not.
Corrosion buildup inside piping
your steel or galvanized water piping systems are
intended to last up to 20 years, the insides of these
pipes tend to block the flow of water with natural
corrosion over the years. In terms of repairing, there
isn’t much that homeowners can do to completely
rectify this problem.
replacing all of the pipes is a perfectly viable
solution. You should expect a long and somewhat
expensive process, but the positive aspect is that it
may only need to be done a few times in a lifetime.
more or less evident that a leak in your home’s
plumbing system will reduce the water pressure
throughout the home simply because not all of the water
is flowing toward its proper place.
determine whether you have a leak, shut off all of the
water taps both inside and outside of your home, and
then record the meter. Come back a couple of hours later
to see whether the meter has changed. If your water
usage has increased at all from your first recording,
there’s a good chance you have a leak that needs to be
repaired by a plumber.
Municipal water supply malfunctions
your problems with water pressure may have nothing to do
with your own piping system. It may be caused by a
malfunction in your area’s municipal water supply.
as with your own piping, these systems are subject to
leaks, buildups and other problems that can affect the
water supply and water pressure. Fortunately, you can
call your local municipal water supply company to
determine whether the municipal water systems are the
issue and whether the problems will be corrected
you’ve determined that your home’s low water
pressure is a problem best suited for a professional,
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