When you turn on a faucet or start up your shower, you expect a steady stream of water to come out. That’s why, when the water comes out as more of a light trickle, it can certainly be a disappointment. So what’s wrong with your water pressure?
Valves and Pressure Regulators
If a water valve is closed or partially closed, you will get no water to certain parts of your home or restricted water flow. Make sure that the valves around the home, and especially at the fixture where you are experiencing low water pressure, are all completely open.
Pressure regulators go below the hose connection in front of your home. These limit the flow of water coming from the municipal supply. If they go bad, they may reduce pressure even more, requiring a plumber to replace them.
If water is leaking from your pipes, it won’t be able to reach your home, limiting the water pressure coming through your faucets. Have a professional inspect your home for leaks if you have reason to believe this is a possibility.
Mineral and Debris Buildup
Hard water leads to scaling, leaving small mineral deposits behind in piping and fixtures so that the pipes become blocked, effectively reducing your water pressure. This can become a serious issue, and that’s when we recommend water softeners to our customers.
The buildup may be limited to a single sink or the showerhead. You can typically unscrew the end of the faucet to clean out the aerator of any deposits or small debris, which might provide better water pressure.
Water Heater Issues
If you notice problems with your water pressure only when you use the hot water, there could be a problem with the water heater. This may be a leak, a blocked pipe, or deposit buildup within the tank.
Find out what’s up with your water pressure at your Minneapolis home by calling the professionals at VOGT Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.