Low water pressure usually results when you’ve been forced to turn on two different plumbing fixtures at the same time, whether they are the outside garden hose, the kitchen/bathroom sink, the toilet, or even the shower.
Although your water pressure may be sufficient when only one fixture is operational, you’ll definitely notice a drop in water flow when the second fixture comes into use.
In most cases low water pressure affects you in many other areas around the house.
If low water pressure is affecting only your shower head, you should check for an obstruction in the shower head or see if your shower head has a water conservation filter installed.
However, there are numerous factors and situations that may result in low water pressure, which is why the trick is determining which cause it is and how best to solve the problem.
Some typical problems that can lead to low water pressure are:
1 Pressure regulators
3 Home valves
4 Water leaks
5 Peak periods
6 Mineral deposits
The water pressure regulator is a bell-shaped device generally found below the front hose connection of your home.
The regulators are generally preset by the manufacturer at about 45 – 60 psi and, in most cases, don’t need to be adjusted.
But there in lies the problem.
Sometimes a pressure regulator simply goes bad and needs to be replaced. But rather than calling a professional, a homeowner takes matters into their own hands, which can lead to further water flow problems.
Pressure regulators can be replaced or fixed easily by a licensed plumber at a reasonable cost.
The bottom line when you need to increase water pressure is that you can check the simple things yourself.
However, when it comes to the bigger issues like pipe erosion, blockage, or leaks, it’s best to consult a professional.
By checking the valves and monitoring water usage amounts and schedules, you can either eliminate the problem or identify the need to call in the reinforcements.
The last thing you want to do is to make any problem bigger than it already is, so call Domco plubming today!