Are you experiencing low water pressure while taking a shower in the morning? Or, maybe the hot water is trickling out while you wash up the dishes? This can be extremely frustrating and needs to be attended to as soon as possible.
However, where do you start to resolve this problem? Let’s take a look at the common causes of low water pressure and how to get them fixed.
Causes of Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure may originate from the central plumbing system or be centered around one area such as the bathroom. The main reasons for low water pressure are:
- Faulty water heater
- Broken/faulty plumbing fixtures
- Shut-off valve is partially closed
- Water supply pipes are blocked
- PRV (pressure reducing valve) is faulty
How to Fix Low Water Pressure in Your Home
1.Service the Water Heater
When was the last time you had your water heater serviced? If you only experience water pressure issues while using the water heater, this could point to an issue. Call in a local plumber to service your hot water heater and make sure it gets checked over regularly.
2.Check and Clean Plumbing Fixtures
Are your water pressure issues stemming from one faucet or fixture? Then this will need immediate attention. Plumbing fixtures such as pipes and aerators build up scale deposits over time and could start to restrict the water flow. Inspect your plumbing fixtures and remove scale where you can. If the issue persists, the fixture may need replacing.
3.Inspect the Shut-Off Valve
If the main shut off valve has been accidentally bumped, it could reduce the water pressure. Locate the valve and check whether it is parallel to the pipe it is fixed too. If it is out of line, this could be the cause. If it sits in the right position, the cause of your lowered water pressure is elsewhere.
4.Check Water Supply Pipes
If you’re experiencing low water pressure in the kitchen and bathroom, the water supply pipes could be the culprit. Aged pipelines may be corroded or blocked, causing rust to block the water flow. Another cause could be a leak in a water supply pipe, that may divert some water away from the taps. Either way, call out a plumber to find out for sure.
5.Examine the PRV
Not every home has a pressure reducing valve (PRV). But if you have it in your home, this can lead to a reduction in water pressure when it malfunctions. Its main function is to ensure the water supply to your home is at a safe level. If all the other checks above have not fixed your pressure issues, the PRV is worth taking a look at.