What’s more frustrating than turning on a sink or a shower only to feel a drizzle or a light drip come out of the faucet? This plumbing annoyance is one of the worst, but many homeowners don’t know what to do about it. But you don’t have to feel stuck with low water pressure in one or more fixtures of the house. We know a solution that may work for you.
#1: Check for Clogs
The solution might be a relatively simple one. Our plumbers are always happy to help, but we know firsthand how annoying it is to call in for a plumber’s help when the solution is something you could have done yourself.
If slow drainage is happening in just one or two faucets or fixtures in the home, you may only need to clean out sediment clogging the end of the faucet. The aerator at the end of the faucet is meant to maintain steady water pressure. However, a screen in the aerator may become clogged with minerals naturally found in many water supplies. Unscrew the end of the faucet to find this screen. Clean with vinegar or simply rinse with water.
You can also likely find an aerator screen at the end of a hose supplying water to a slow-running dishwasher or clothes washer, and you can clean out a shower head in the same way.
#2: Repair a Water Treatment System
If you have a water treatment system serving all or part of your home, it could be the source of the problem. For whole-house water filters, try simply changing the filter. If this doesn’t work, and you’re able to bypass the water filter, try it to see if the water filter is at fault or not.
Fixing a water softener or reverse osmosis water system may be more complex. You may need a water treatment professional to replace the resin tank of your water softener. You may be able to manually flush a reverse osmosis system to solve a water pressure problem, or unfortunately, it may need to be replaced.
#3: Check the Valves
Are you sure the water shut-off valve is open all the way? Recent plumbing work may have required the valve to be shut off, and it may not be completely restored. Or, sometimes, young children get their hands on the water shut-off valves, closing them off. Remember to check the whole-house water shutoff valve along with an individual valve leading to a sink if only one fixture is the problem.
Another valve to check is the pressure-reducing valve, although you may need a plumber’s help for this. You might have a pressure reducing valve at the water meter or nearby, and this can be difficult to adjust. Loosen the nut before you attempt to change the settings, or call a professional.
#4: Replace the Pipes
Unfortunately, low water pressure could indicate a problem that’s more serious.
- Low supply pressure from the municipality – You’ll need to contact the city.
- Broken pipe – Parts of the pipe may need repair, but if the pipe is corroding through, it may need replacement.
- Clogged pipes – The same sediment that can end up in a faucet aerator may clog up your pipes and prevent water from moving through so easily. Water volume is restricted, and often the sediment cannot be removed. The only solution is to replace your pipes.
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