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Tips on Improving Water Pressure

Water pressure — that ever-elusive feature. Most of us can’t get enough of it, and somehow, water pressure often seems the lowest when you need it the most. Here are a few tips for improving water pressure depending on where you are experiencing the problem.

1. Clean Your Faucet

If you are experiencing poor water pressure at a single faucet, the problem may be a clogged aerator. Simply screw off the aerator from the spout of the faucet, take it apart and rinse it all out, removing any dirt or other articles that may have collected. Run the water for a while to get out any dirt or sediment that may have collected at the end of the pipe, then put the aerator back together and screw it back on. You can use a similar procedure to clean your showerheads if it is low shower pressure you are suffering from.

2. Check Your Water Heater

If it’s only your hot water giving you a low-pressure problem, the issue may be something clogging the water heater or the pipes that supply the hot water to your home. Flush the tank and see if that resolves the problem. If it doesn’t, it’s time to bring in a plumber. If this is a recurring issue, installing a water softener can help.

3. Check for Leaks

If you’re experiencing low water pressure all over your home, you probably have one or more leaky pipes. Before you call in the plumber, you’ll want to verify this. Check all your pipes for leaks by seeking out damp patches underneath the pipe. If you’re not sure if the dampness is a leak or simple condensation, place some paper towels under the pipe and leave them there for a day. If they’re wet the next day, you’ve got a leak.

If you haven’t found any leaks, your toilet may be the issue. Put a couple of drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If you come back in a couple of hours (don’t flush in the meantime) and the food coloring has made its way into the bowl, you’ve got a toilet leak.

If you still haven’t found a leak but are convinced you have one, you can shut off all the water and check the water meter. If the dial on the meter is still spinning, indicating that water is still flowing, you’ve got a leak.

If you have any problem with your plumbing in Oneida, Rome, Utica or surrounding areas, call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida. Mr. Rooter Plumbing offers fast, friendly service with a licensed plumber who is certified by Onondaga County for plumbing leak detection or any plumbing-related project. If you’re concerned about leaks, take advantage of our No Charge Plumbing Check Up, a free check up on all the plumbing in your home. To find out more or schedule service, contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida today.