A home’s water pressure is not something homeowners think about often, however, it plays a role in everyday life. Whether you are taking a shower, doing the dishes or filling up a cup of water, your home’s water pressure is an important aspect to your home. Oftentimes, your home’s water pressure can change, either increasing or decreasing in pressure. Usually, when this occurs, homeowners are quick to realize that there is some type of issue; but how do you fix it?
A change in your home’s water pressure can be caused by a number of factors, so when trying to fix the issue at hand, it’s important that you understand what could contribute to the cause. Here are some common factors that decrease your home’s water pressure and some tips on how you can fix it.
Low water pressure in your home can be caused by a number of reasons, which usually makes simple daily activities frustrating and time consuming. Here are some common culprits to this issue:
Debris and mineral buildup in pipes
One common cause of low water pressure is debris and mineral build up inside your plumbing pipes. Debris, such as sand and dirt, can enter your home’s plumbing system when a water main fractures. Even the slightest amount of this can cause blockage in your pipes. Also, as water travels through your plumbing system, the minerals from water can attach to your walls, pipes, shower and faucet heads, which can inevitably decrease your home’s water pressure.
A failing pressure regulator
Another common issue that can create problems with your home’s water pressure is a faulty pressure regulator or pressure-reducing valve. A pressure regulator helps control how much pressure goes into your plumbing system, and it is used to help keep you and your plumbing system safe. When this fails, it can lead to very low or high water pressures.
It may be pretty obvious, but a leak in your home’s plumbing system reduces your water pressure, mainly because there is less water flowing throughout your home. Make sure to check for plumbing leaks and contact a ServiceOne plumber if you ever run into an issue.
Municipal water supply malfunctions
Sometimes, the problem isn’t with your home or plumbing system at all. It can often be caused by your area's water supply. There are many reasons for why this may be the case, but if you run into this issue, it’s smart to contact your local water supply company.
How to increase your home’s water pressure
Luckily, if you have issues with your water pressure at home there are some things you can do to fix it! Here are some tips on what to do if you are experiencing low water pressure:
Look for leaks around your home
Clear pipes and drains that may be clogged
Install a water pressure booster pump
Replace your pressure regulator
Ask your neighbors if they are experiencing the same issue
Contact a ServiceOne professional plumber
No one enjoys low water pressure in their home. It’s important to keep an eye out for a change in your home’s water pressure, and to take action immediately before other issues arise.
Our team at ServiceOne are experts when it comes to your home’s plumbing. Contact us today with any questions or concerns you may have.