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How Can I Fix Low Water Pressure?
Noticing your home has low water pressure? Wondering if there is something you can do to fix your low water pressure? Yes, there is. There are a few reasons why you may be currently experiencing low water pressure, making it necessary for you to first find out what is causing the water pressure in your home to be low. And know that there is a fine balance between low water pressure and high water pressure. You want the water pressure to be able to accommodate your ability to use more than one water source at a time without experiencing low pressure. But you also want to make sure that the water pressure is not too high, as this can potentially cause damage to the pipes as well as household appliances.
What does low water pressure mean?
Low water pressure simply means that the water in a home’s pipes is slow to come out, which is often due to a break or blockage somewhere in the pipes. Low water pressure in older homes is more common, as many older homes have steel pipes, which tend to become clogged over time, causing various amounts of reduction in water flow.
How to fix low water pressure
The following are two great tips that can help homeowners increase the water pressure in their home.
Clogged pipes are a common reason for low water pressure. Over time, mineral deposits, as well as various types of debris, will travel through a home’s pipes, which will eventually cause blockages when not cleaned on a regular basis. How do you fix this? Pour a cup of vinegar down the drain, let it sit for 30 to 45 minutes and then pour two quarts of water down the drain.
Main shutoff valve
Sometimes a home’s main shutoff valve is not completely open, which will result in lower water pressure. It may also have a pressure reducing valve installed, limiting the water pressure. How do you fix this? If the valve is not completely open, open it. If a pressure reducing valve is present, then seeking the services of a professional plumber is recommended, as they can adjust the setting to the homeowner's water pressure preferences.
Does your home currently have low water pressure?
If you are currently experiencing low water pressure in your home, then hopefully one of the above ideas for increasing your home's water pressure will work. If you happen to have any questions about the above low water pressure fixes, then please do not hesitate to contact us with your question. It is important for you to fix any water problems in your home as soon as possible, as they will only continue to worsen if you do not. If you feel you need professional services to fix your home’s water pressure, then simply call us and let us know a time that is convenient for you for one of our professionals to come out and perform an evaluation.