Dealing with a loss of water pressure in your home can be very frustrating. You go to take a shower to start your day, but the water falls weakly from the showerhead. You try using your faucet head to blast away the dried food remnants in your dishes, but it comes out at more of a trickle than a jet. Wouldn’t it be nice to address the problem now and prevent it from happening in the future? We certainly think so! Here are some tips to avoid low water pressure around your home.
#1. Examine Your Pipes
Your pipes work hard for you, frequently channeling water where you need it. After years of this, they’ll often develop some degree of buildup or clogging. This means the water pressure can taper off. And when pipes have leaks, some of the water doesn’t make it all the way to your tap, producing a similar effect. These pipe-related problems are common causes of water pressure issues, but they can also be quite difficult to repair.
Leaking pipes can be a pain to pinpoint. Clogged pipes, on the other hand, can be an expensive fix. But if you have an inkling that your water pressure is being hampered due to an issue with your pipes, don’t delay in addressing the problem. Allowing it to worsen over time can result in much bigger expenses down the road. If the problem indeed lies within your pipes, repairing the problem is typically a job best left to the pros.
#2. Soften Your Water
We’ve written before about the problems with hard water, so we’ll be brief here and say that it’s not good for your plumbing. If your home has hard water, the buildup of minerals like calcium and magnesium tends to result in low water pressure over time. Installing a water softener can provide you with many benefits, one of them being an increase in water pressure.
#3. Inspect Your Showerhead
If you notice that your water pressure is only reduced at one fixture, like your showerhead, then you’re probably not dealing with a larger issue. Over time, showerheads can develop a scaly buildup that cuts down on your water pressure. Fortunately, this is an easy fix. Soak your showerhead in vinegar for ten minutes or so. You may even want to take a toothbrush and scrub away any excess scale to really do a thorough job.
#4. Check Your Pressure-Reducing Valve
The PRV helps to minimize wasted water, but it won’t function properly forever. Typically, after a decade or two of use, it becomes less effective and can cause water pressure to change. If your PRV is relatively new, try making adjustments by turning the screw on top of the valve, tweaking your water pressure. You’ll want to stay in the range of 45-60 psi: Lower than this won’t give you the pressure you desire, but going too high can damage your plumbing. If none of these fixes we’ve suggested help with the problem, you may want to consider contacting your municipal water supplier to see if the problem is caused by something on their end.
Tired of dealing with low water pressure in your home and not knowing how to fix it? No pressure (sorry, we had to). Just bring in the professionals of Stephens Plumbing to assess and fix the problem! Give us a call at (630) 968-0783 or schedule an appointment online.