How to Fix Low Water Pressure in Residential Plumbing
Having low water pressure can be an annoyance you eventually get used to. But you don’t have to! If you find yourself struggling to wash all the shampoo out of your hair, get sparkling clean dishes, or spend too much time washing clothes, low water pressure from your residential plumbing could be to blame. Thankfully, there are ways to fix this issue on your own.
Is It Just Me Or…
First of all, you need to find out if this problem is affecting only your home, or the entire neighborhood. Ask around to see if other residents are experiencing similar issues. If so, you can talk to the local water supplier to see if there’s anything that can be done. If it’s just your home, read on for the top ways to fix low water pressure yourself.
DIY Residential Plumbing Tricks
If only your home is affected, or if there’s only one area in your home experiencing low water pressure, there are a few tricks you can try to increase the flow.
An Isolated Area
The problem is most likely within your home’s pipes or valves. If your home is more than 20 years old, it’s quite possible that the steel pipes have become clogged with lime deposits that are preventing water from flowing freely. In this case, you’ll need a professional plumber to re-pipe your home. But first, there are a few other things you can try.
If low water pressure is coming from a faucet or shower head, first remove the aerator and clean it out, then replace it. Next, turn the supply valves counterclockwise so they are fully open. If they were already open, try closing them and removing the supply tubes to look for a dislodged washer. You can also check your shower head for a washer or restrictor disk that may be dislodged.
The Entire Home
When you’re experiencing low water pressure throughout your entire residential plumbing system, head outside to find the water meter. There should be one or two valves next to the meter. Make sure these valves are fully open by turning them counterclockwise. Also check the main supply valve, where the cold-water pipes enter your home, and turn counterclockwise to open.
Some homes have a water pressure regulator located near the main supply valve. If this needs to be adjusted, you’re better off calling a plumber.
If none of these solutions work for you, it’s time to call the residential plumbing experts. They can check for clogs or debris in your pipes, install a water pressure booster pump, or re-pipe your home, if necessary.
Contact the Professionals
If you’ve tried the above tricks and are still experiencing low water pressure, please call Hulsey Environmental Services. We can help restore proper water pressure to your home, making everyday tasks much easier. Call 770-285-0872 or reach out online and we’ll be happy to schedule a time to come visit you!
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