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Why Is Your Home’s Water Pressure So Low? Here’s What You Can Do


Were you taking a nice, hot shower and belting out some tunes when the water started trickling out of the shower? We’ve been there. Low water pressure can be quite exasperating, especially when your spirits were running high right before. 

Research has shown that the average American uses 88 gallons of water a day at home, which can be reduced by 20 percent if water-efficient appliances are installed. Here are some challenges you’ll face with low water pressure in the house and how you can deal with them.

Debris Accumulation

Debris or deposits can collect in pipes, causing obstructions. One way of fixing this issue is to fill a small plastic bag with white vinegar and hang it around the problematic faucet with a rubber band. After letting it sit for a couple of hours, the mineral deposits should come loose.

Water Leakage

If your pipes are cracked or corroded, this could be the cause of the low water pressure in your showerhead. You can identify this issue by checking if there’s any discoloration in your ceiling, walls, or floor. If your olfactory senses detect the growth of mold nearby, you’ll need the help of experts to cut through the walls.

Studies have shown that 10 percent of homes in the U.S. have leaks that waste over 90 gallons of water a day. Having your pipes repaired by a professional plumbing company will save you from the damage of a flood destroying your property.

Single Fixtures

Check to see whether there’s low pressure in one individual fixture or the entire home. If there’s low water pressure in one sink or one shower, you can clean out the aerator with a pair of pliers or replace the actual components inside the faucet to clear out the blockage.

Hot Water Heater

If there’s low water pressure throughout the house, check if the problem lies in the hot water supply or cold-water supply. If your hot water supply is acting up, there’s probably something clogged in the water heater. In this case, check the water heater—its flexes, valves, and all the water connections to ensure that there’s no disruption.

Homeowner Shutoff Valve

If there’s a problem in both your cold and hot-water supply, the water softener may have a problem. Or, if you don’t have a water softener, check the shutoff valve to see if it’s opened all the way. Usually, this is located outside near the water meter underground or next to a pressure reducing valve.

Water Pressure Regulator

You may or may not have a pressure regulating valve in place. If your house has one, check to see whether it’s functioning because a broken PRV can cause the water pressure to drop. Having it replaced is your best bet since it’s a complicated process, and you don’t want to cause any further problems.

Looking for an expert to cater to your plumbing needs? We offer licensed and insured plumbing services in Frederick, Silver Spring, Montgomery, and Columbia, including faucet repair, water pipe repair, plumbing maintenance, and much more, with cutting-edge technology and a 100% money-back guarantee! Contact us today to prioritize your plumbing fixtures with same-day service!

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