Low water pressure negatively affects the quality of life in your home. Showering becomes more time-consuming, the washing machine takes more time to fill up, and doing laundry takes more time than usual. Apart from these frustrating tasks, you also risk dealing with plumbing problems over time.
Several reasons can lead to low water pressure in your home, and every situation is unique. Sometimes the pipes in your home may contain mineral deposits that restrict water flow, or the municipal supply line could lack the optimum water pressure. To fix these problems, you’ll need to seek assistance from an experienced plumber who will identify the cause of the low water pressure and determine the best way to remedy the problem. Here are some possible solutions for low water pressure in your home and why you may experience this issue.
1. Clear the Clogs
One of the most common causes of low water pressure is clogged pipes. Pipes become clogged due to the build-up of mineral deposits, especially when your home has hard water. Even a small rusty clog in the pipes that supply water to your house is enough to reduce the water pressure.
In most cases, clogs build up slowly in your pipes, so you’ll likely notice when there are clear signs of low water pressure in your faucets. You’ll need to involve an experienced plumber to determine the most effective way to clear the clogs. Our team will locate where the clog lies and decide whether to repair or replace the pipe.
2. Clean or Replace Corroded Plumbing
Do you live in an old house that has the same piping installed decades ago? Pipes are prone to corrosion, especially if you have galvanized steel pipes. These materials can start corroding after approximately 20 years. Brass pipes can last about 40 – 70 years, while copper pipes should be fine for 50 or more years. Also, there is a high likelihood of having corroded pipes if you have installed more plumbing fixtures after building your home. More plumbing fixture means your piping will have to work harder, increasing the pipe corrosion rate.
If you suspect the low water pressure in your home results from pipe corrosion, reach out to our team to assess the problem. We have the right tools to evaluate even the hard-to-reach parts of your plumbing to know the extent of the corrosion. We will then determine whether a few changes or repairs can help solve or replace the problem. Failure to fix corrosion in your pipes is risky because it can lead to cracks, major leaks, and water damage to your property.
3. Seal the Leaks
Another frequent cause of low water pressure in your house is a leak in your pipes or the water line. Small holes or cracks in your pipes cause water to exit into unintended areas before reaching different faucets in your home. If your foundation or basement is flooded, it’s a clear sign of leaks in your pipes. You can also check for leaks by shutting off the taps in your home for about two hours, then check the meter reading. An increase in the readings may be an indication of a possible leak. If you can access your plumbing, look closely for any pooling water or wet spots.
Even if you spot one leaking pipe, there are probably more leaks you can’t spot without the help of a skilled plumber. Using video drain inspection, we will locate all the leaks in your pipes. This way, we can seal all the leaking spots or make replacements on the severely damaged pipes to ensure we restore the water pressure level.
4. Repair or Replace Faulty Fixtures
If you notice a low flow in a few fixtures, you need to check the specific faucets for corrosion or clogging. Faucets have an aerator that helps to reduce the water volume without changing the pressure levels. With time, these aerators can get clogged with rust, dirt, and the build-up of magnesium or calcium. For instance, your shower head has tiny holes that can get clogged by dissolved minerals. Also, the connections and seals on faucets can have a negative impact on the water pressure.
Fortunately, you can request our professional to help you replace the faulty aerators or replace the entire fixtures to improve the water pressure. Also, since this may seem like a temporary solution, we can recommend treating your home’s water so you never have to deal with bogged faucets. A water softener will permanently prevent this problem from coming back over time. Our experts understand your area’s water quality, so we know the right softener for use.
5. Replace Pressure Regulator
If your house has a pressure regulator, this control valve ensures the pressure of water entering your home is at a safe level. A properly functioning regulator ensures water pressure flows at a comfortable level of about 50 psi. Excessive water pressure can cause damage to your plumbing and cause a lot of stress on appliances such as cloth washers and dishwashers.
In case the pressure regulator fails, it may lead to a decrease or increase in water pressure. The control valve can fail due to sediment build-up, which causes blockages. You can determine where your regulator is working correctly by attaching a pressure gauge to a hose spigot located outside your house. Your regulator may be faulty if it reads a pressure lower than what the control valve reports. Call our plumbing experts to assess whether your regulator has the right pressure setting that meets your household’s demands. If the regulator has failed, we will replace it.
6. Install a Booster Pump
In some cases, you may have scanned your home for possible issues that may cause low water pressure, only to find no apparent problem. Speak to your neighbors and find out if they are experiencing a similar problem. If the issue affects other homeowners in your neighborhood, consider installing a booster pump.
A booster pump helps to increase the water pressure from your main supply line to your house’s system. Our experienced plumbers can get a booter installed for you and get your home’s water pressure up.
Let Our Professionals Improve Your Home’s Water Pressure
Does your house have low water pressure, and you are wondering how to alter this frustrating situation? At Black-Haak, we have well-trained plumbers with the right skills to help you with any problems relating to unfavorable water pressure in your system. Our company has an A+ rating, and we are BBB accredited. We have invested in the best plumbing tools to handle any task. Before we start digging up your backyard and pulling your plumbing, we’ll take time to find the problem. This way, our knowledgeable plumbers will determine the most effective solution to guarantee long-term results. Our team offers furnace installation, AC maintenance, pipe repair, furnace repair, shower installation, AC repair, drain cleaning, sump pump repair, AC maintenance, leak detection, and water heater services in Greenville. Call Black-Haak to book a service today.