How Should You Handle Low Water Pressure Issues?
You woke up energetic, ready to take on the day. You hop off the bed, run to the bathroom, all pumped and ready for your invigorating morning shower. You turn the shower knob… only to get water falling down in agonizingly small, slow trickles.
Low water pressure greatly reduces your daily convenience, efficiency and productivity. Since water serves a primary role in housekeeping, cleaning and personal hygiene, difficult water access can also negatively impact your health and safety. The problem can also be costly since you may be forced to rely on other products, services and additional installation, such as a new water pump, just to get the water flowing properly.
Low water pressure issues may also indicate serious problems in your plumbing and water systems. It is thus crucial to take immediate action to prevent bigger, costlier complications and to finally ensure adequate water flow in your home.
The following are some steps to take when you notice water pressure issues:
Check for leaks
The slow and scarce flow of water in your showers and faucets may be caused by a leak in your pipes. If you suspect that this is the case, turn off all taps and water-using appliances in the property. Go to your water meter to take note of the reading. Then wait for a few hours and go back to check the meter again. Compare the first and second reading to see if water use is still registering even after you have stopped using water. Call the plumber to fix the leaks.
Call your water supplier
Low water pressure may be due to an issue in the main water supply in your area. Check your water supply company’s website or call their office to confirm if there are repairs, maintenance or emergency work being conducted. Get the details on the schedule so you can plan and prepare contingency measures.
Flush mineral and debris buildup in the water mains
Another possible reason for low water pressure is the accumulation of minerals, dirt, sand and debris in your pipes and water systems. These foreign particles and pollutants can block the water flow and significantly reduce water pressure in your home. Your plumber will have the chemicals, equipment and know-how to break down and flush out the buildup.
Replace rusty pipes
If your plumbing system has been around for many years, the pipes may already be suffering from corrosion. The rust can block the smooth flow of water, making it difficult for it to reach your shower and faucets. This is a serious issue and may require complex work and the replacement of the entire system. To handle this delicate work, call your local Fox Valley plumber for help.