Why Is My Water Pressure Low
We rely on water to complete many daily tasks. But when you are having issues with your water pressure the simplest tasks can become a chore. Low water pressure is when the water coming out of plumbing fixtures is weak and slow compared to its regular pressure. Why is my water pressure low is one of the frequent questions we get.
If you are experiencing low water pressure, we will explain some of the possible causes and fixes to the problem.
Diagnosing The Problem
When you notice that you are having issues with your water pressure, you should check to see whether the problem is isolated to one area. You can do this by going through your home and checking all your plumbing fixtures, such as faucets, showers, bathtubs, washing machines, dishwashers, and hose hookups. Once you have done this, then you can look at the possible causes of your low water pressure.
What Could Be The Cause
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Hot Water Heater
Each fixture should be tested on the hot and cold setting to see if the issue is caused by the water heater. If the problem only occurs when running the hot water, you probably have an issue with your water heater. In this case your best option is to call a plumber to look into the issue. Our professional plumbers at Highmark Plumbing will be happy to help you.
A Clogged Fixture
If the problem is only with one fixture, then it may be faulty. Build-ups of rust, sediment, and minerals can block the water from flowing. If the issue is in a faucet, try removing the mesh aerator to see if it is clogged.
Multiple Fixtures Are On
One of the most common culprits for low water pressure is when two plumbing fixtures are on at the same time. An example is if your dishwasher is on while running your kitchen faucet. You may notice lower water pressure on the faucet than normal because the water is being divided between multiple places, causing a decrease in water pressure. To solve this problem, try being mindful of what else is running when you need to take a shower or use the faucet.
Shut Off Valves Are Not Fully Open
If nothing else is running and you are still experiencing low water pressure, you should check that your water shut-off valves are fully open. This may be the problem if you have recently had home repairs done as the valve may have been left partially closed. In most homes, there are at least two water valves, and if one of the valves is not fully open, then your water pressure can be low.
The valve at your water meter is located next to the water meter on the cities main supply line. This is usually outside of your home and requires a special wrench to adjust. The lever should be parallel to the pipes. If the lever is at an angle, then it is not fully open.
The shut-off valve for the home can be located in or outside near where the water enters the home through the foundation. The valve should be fully turned in a counterclockwise direction to ensure it is fully open.
Faulty Water Pressure Regulator
Most homes also have a water pressure valve that regulates the incoming water pressure to protect your pipes. If the pressure regulator is not working, then you can experience a sudden increase or decrease in water pressure. This will usually happen fairly suddenly and can be tested with a water pressure gauge. It is recommended that you call a professional plumber if you feel you may have a faulty pressure regulator.
Clogged Or Corroded Pipes
If none of the above problems seem likely, then it may be an issue with your pipes. Pipes can become clogged, and if very old, can become corroded. Pipes are meant to last 20 to 50 years but can last longer depending on their material. In British Columbia, these issues are less common due to higher quality water. If you suspect an issue with your pipes, be sure to call a professional plumber
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