When your home develops a low water pressure issue, completing basic tasks—such as showering and washing dishes—tedious. If you recently noticed low water pressure or have seen the pressure steadily worsening over several weeks or months, residential plumbing experts say it’s most likely due to one of the following problems.
Why is Your Home’s Water Pressure Low?
1. Partially Closed Shutoff Valves
The water to your home can be shut off at either the main water or meter valve. If you notice a decrease in water pressure after conducting plumbing work or other repairs, it could be that the valves weren’t fully re-opened after the work was finished. You can easily check for this issue by locating the valves and seeing if they are completely open or not. The metering valve is often located on an outside wall of the home or in the garage or basement, and the main water valve will typically be near where the main water line enters the home.
2. Failing Pressure Regulator
Some residential plumbing systems use a pressure regulator to reduce incoming water pressure and prevent pipe damage. When this control valve starts to fail, the pressure will either abruptly spike or plummet across the entire home. A plumber can efficiently replace the part and restore the water pressure.
3. Old Plumbing System
If you have an older home that still has the original galvanized iron pipes, this is most likely the cause of your reduced water pressure. These residential plumbing systems are prone to corroding and rusting, which makes it very difficult for water to pass through. Ask your plumber about updating your system to copper or a plastic material such as PVC, CPVC, or PEX.
If you’ve recently noticed a change in your home’s water pressure, contact the professionals at Freddy’s Sewer & Drain Cleaning for effective solutions. For 15 years, these experienced and trained technicians have provided sewer and drain cleaning services to residents in New Haven County, CT. They also provide 24/7 emergency plumbing assistance at no additional cost. Call them at (203) 736-7047 to schedule an appointment, and visit their website to learn more about their residential plumbing services.