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Common Causes of Low Water Pressure
Let’s face it, reduced water pressure in any home can be an extreme inconvenience. Imagine this; you want to take a shower, but just because your dishwasher is running, the water in your shower is cut significantly; it can be annoying, right? We know it is. Unfortunately, this is not a problem that is easy to solve, and solving it can take time. There are several reasons why you have low water pressure in your home, but not many people know what to do about them, which is why we wrote this article.
Now, locating the low water pressure source could be easy and only takes a little time or it could turn out to be a massive project that could take days to solve. It all comes down to the location and the severity of the problem. What’s more, it also depends on whether the reduced pressure is localized to only one fixture or room or it is spread out throughout the entire home
According to the San Francisco chronicle, if the low pressure is only in a single fixture, then there is a very high chance that the problem is in that particular fixture. The problem might be as a result of either the maladjustment of temperature limiter or the buildup of mineral deposits leading to a blockage. Whichever it is, you should know that they are easy to fix. If there are white deposits in the aerator, just clean them using white vinegar or water. If the issue is with temperature, and it’s probably adjusted incorrectly, you don’t need any help as you can be able to fix it by hand. There is also a possibility of a leak in the fixture, which may be causing the low water pressure. And if you can’t locate it, you can call for help.
What if the water pressure is low in more than one room?
If the problem is spread out throughout the house and is in multiple rooms, then that means the problem might be coming from many sources. So, what you need to do first is to check the shutoff valves on both sides of the water meter. If you find that any of them is turned on all the way, then that may be where your problem is. Turning on fully may fix the problem.
Ask The Builder – a site run by Tim Carter who is an award-winning remodeler/builder – suggested that one should also check the shutoff valve inside your house to determine if it’s fully turned on. Now, after checking all the valves in your home and have confirmed they are all fully turned on, and you still experiencing low pressure, then maybe the problem is in the water piping taking water into your house. There may be a possibility that there is a blockage somewhere in the piping. You can try finding that blockage by yourself, or, as Ask The Builder suggests, you can call for help from a plumber. Due to the complexity of these tasks, it is highly recommended that you call for help. Let someone who understands what they are doing, take on that task.
Moreover, just like The Chronicle suggests, there is yet another possibility that the low pressure in your home is as a result of a leaking pipe. Now, this kind of leak is somewhat easy to find as you are able to even see the evidence of water damage.
If this the case, and you notice a pipe leak in your home, you need to turn the water off immediately to prevent further damage. And if the leak is a bit hidden but visible, and you not looking to take on the task to expose it, you need to hire a leak detection service to do it for you.
According to HomeTips.com, the only time low-pressure problem ceases to become your responsibility personally, is only when the same issue is in your entire neighborhood; it becomes a neighborhood problem and you will need to petition the water supplier to solve it.
So, if there is a leak in your home, get in touch with Pool Leak Detection and we will send the best technicians to assess the problem. Call (805) 288-7004 to get help in your location.
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