How to Diagnose Low Water Pressure

How to Diagnose Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure is a real annoyance. There is nothing worse than standing under a shower that puts out a mild dribble instead of a steady stream. Low pressure can be especially aggravating if there are multiple people in your house using water at the same time. Luckily, homeowners do not have to live with low water pressure. It can be fixed if they identify the problem. Here is a guide to some of the most common causes of water pressure problems.

Periodic Pressure Loss

One of the most irritating water pressure problems is periodic pressure loss. When this happens, it can cause diminished water pressures for what may seem to be no reason at all. In fact, periodic pressure loss is often caused by using water at a time of day when most of your neighbors are using water as well. If periodic pressure loss is occurring only at one fixture, then the problem is probably in the line leading to the fixture or the fixture itself.

Leaks and Corroded Piping

Another common reason behind low pressure is that there are leaks in the system. When there is a leak somewhere in the house, it causes lower water pressure throughout the system. Corroded piping is one of the most notorious causes behind these leaks. Corroded pipes will often leak unnoticed, but they can significantly lower the water pressure in a home.

The Regulator

Many homeowners have no idea what a pressure regulator is. A pressure regulator is a bell-shaped device that is usually found underneath the front hose connection of the house. This regulator can wear out over time, and when this happens it can cause a drop of pressure throughout the home.

Partially Closed Valves

One of the common causes of a drop in water pressure is simple to fix. Sometimes the main shutoff valve for the water supply to the home gets partially closed. When this happens, it will restrict the flow of water into the house. This leads to a drop in water pressure throughout the whole system.

There is never any need to put up with low pressure. There is always a cause behind it that can be identified and repaired. For anyone who is dealing with diminished water pressure throughout the home or in one fixture, fill out our contact form to get help with the issue right away. For more information call (856) 430-8452


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