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Causes of Low Water Pressure

Common Causes of Low Water Pressure

Are you having a hard time rinsing the shampoo out of your hair because the water pressure is suddenly too low? Maybe doing the dishes is twice as hard as it used to be. Low water pressure can seriously impact your day-to-day life. You’ll need to find solutions to your pressure problem fast. 

If you have issues with low water pressure, one of these common culprits may be the cause: 

Using Too Much at One Time

Think about the times when you encounter the most issues with your water pressure. Does it only happen when you run the shower, the dishwasher, and the sink all at the same time? There may simply be too much of a demand for water all at the same time for your system to function properly. The water pressure may dip in response to such high demand. You can easily correct this issue by only running one fixture at a time. 

Clogged or Faulty Fixtures

Maybe your water pressure is only low with certain fixtures. This is often the sign of a faulty or clogged fixture. Correcting this is relatively easy. All you need to do is disassemble the unit to clear away the clog in the screen or aerator. If it is beyond fixing, you may need to call a plumber to replace it. Additionally, older homes tend to have smaller pipes. This can be misinterpreted as having a pressure problem when in fact it is simply the way the house was built. If this is the case the solution may be to replace the line and tap or to learn to live with smaller pipes.

Clogs or Corrosion in the Pipes

If the issue is not in your fixture, it may be in your pipes. When the pipes are clogged, water flow gets disrupted and the pressure slows down. Corrosion in the pipes is another common issue that can lead to decreased water pressure. Both of these can be expensive problems to fix, but it is doable. You will need to get the pipes cleaned out or replaced to address the issue. 

Closed Valves

Is your water turned on all the way? Most homes have two areas where the water shutoff can occur. Before you call the plumber out to take a look at some suspected issues with your pipes, make sure that both valves are fully open. If one valve is even slightly closed, it can dramatically influence the water pressure in your home. This takes just a few minutes to survey and correct if it is the cause of your low water pressure. 

Failing Pressure Regulator

The pressure regulator is the device responsible for keeping the water pressure in your home at a consistent level. When this part malfunctions, it can result in water pressure that is either too high or too low. A broken pressure regulator usually affects every fixture in the home suddenly. One day you have excellent water pressure, and the next day you don’t. Replacing these can be tricky so it is best to hire a professional. 

Bringing in Professionals

Messing with your plumbing on your own can be dangerous. If you suspect any of these above issues may be the reason for your faulty water pressure, be sure to hire the best plumbing company in Denver. Master Rooter Plumbing will be happy to come to your home and help you get back into working order! 

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