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Low Water Pressure: 3 Troubleshooting Tips

Low water pressure can be a common yet irritating problem for many homeowners. Low water pressure can occur for various reasons and is most noticeable during showers or dishwashing times. There are seven areas that you can use to troubleshoot low water pressure and try to figure out where the water pressure issue is coming from. Of the seven there are three major troubleshooting tips that can help you utilize the best methods in finding low water pressure and how to combat the low water pressure. Remember, that in some instances you may be able to fix the low water pressure issue yourself, and professionals may be necessary or it may be an issue with the city water company. Finding the low water pressure issue does not necessarily mean that you will be able to fix the issue on your own.

Water Demand

One of the most common issues for low water pressure is directly connected to the water demand on the city water supply or the water supply that you are connected to. If you’re connected to a city or County water system and noticed that the low water pressure is during specific times of the day such as early-morning or late evening, then you can determine that the low water pressure is from the water demand. In order to determine if it is the water demand, try using the showers or sinks during a different time of day. If at all possible try to schedule water usage for different times of day when people are not generally home, are at work or at times when people are not getting ready for work or school. If you notice a difference in the water pressure then it is likely that it is water demand issue.

Clogged Pipes

Another reason for low water pressure could be clogged pipes. In your troubleshooting of the water pressure issue, check to make sure that the pipes in that area are not clogged or leaking. If the pipe is clogged or leaking then you will notice a low water pressure issue. In order to repair this issue you can either troubleshoot the clogged pipe to find out if it is the pipe, pipe fitting or pipe washers that need to be replaced or you may contact a professional plumber to help you with the pipe issue. Most clogged pipes can be fixed with a pipe snake, plunger or other tools. This means that you can likely fix the clogged pipe problem, replace the washers and the sealants and find the low water pressure will fix itself. However if you have done this and the low water pressure does not change then you will need to call a professional plumber.

Shut off Valve

The shut off valve could also be a leading problem directly connected low water pressure. If you have checked the water demand, check clogged pipes and looked for any possible leaks then check your shut off valve. If the shut off valve is not opened properly then it will prohibit the flow of water into the home and cause low water pressure. Make sure that the shutoff valve is opened properly and that enough water is flowing through. If you have a problem with the shut off valve and contacted professional plumber to come out and assist you with the shut off valve.