Most of us don’t put much thought into our household plumbing until we have a problem. There are several different reasons for water pressure problems in our homes, and in many cases, you can troubleshoot and solve minor problems. To help you out, we have put together a list of areas in your home where you might have problems and the easy solutions you can try. You can even use some of these tips as preventative maintenance to keep your home plumbing working properly.
General Residential Household Plumbing
Any time you encounter a water pressure problem at home, you should first check to see if the main water valve has been shut off. Fully shutting and then opening the valve a few times can ensure that it’s working properly. It will also clean out any water line debris that might be restricting the flow.
Make sure there are no water leaks at the main line coming into your house. If you have a wet or soggy area in your garden or yard, there may be a leak in the main outdoor lines. If this is the case, it’s important to contact your local water supplier — you don’t want to try digging to find or repair any leaks outside your home.
You might also want to check with your neighbors. If they are also experiencing low water pressure, the problem may not be limited to your residential plumbing installation.
Kitchen and Bathroom Water Pressure Problems
Low water pressure in your kitchen taps could be caused by two things: a leak or a blockage. Check under your sink to make sure there’s no water leaking from the hot or cold water plumbing. Verify that all shut-off valves are fully open. Most faucets have a filter or aerator on the end that creates a controlled flow of water. Take the filter off and clean it out, especially because hard water deposits can block the faucet and create low flow. The same goes for shower heads — they need to be removed and cleaned regularly to ensure proper water flow.
Hot Water Tank Issues
Your hot water tank can also be the cause of hot water low pressure in your home. If there’s a leak at your safety bypass valve, this may be one of the reasons you’re experiencing low water pressure. Over time, the build-up of mineral deposits can keep valves from sealing properly. Opening and closing these can help clear away some of the build-up.
If you still have low water pressure in your home after trying these tricks, it’s time to call Mr. Rooter of Greater Syracuse. Don’t ignore low residential water pressure. Let us find the source and repair it, so you can enjoy constant, quality water pressure in your home.