My Water Pressuer Bit The Dust

“My Water Pressure Bit The Dust”

We quickly forget how things like water pressure, hot water, and our plumbing, in general, has such an impact on the quality of our life. Low pressure usually creeps up on us over many years then all of a sudden it’s a significant problem, i.e. replacing the pipes in your home. Has your water pressure suddenly slowed over a short period of time then check with a neighbor to see if they’re having the same problem. If they are, then you can almost guarantee your local water authorities have a project in the area causing the water pressure to slow. If water mains are being replaced in your neighborhood, then chances are the water pressure is decreased. Is your neighborhood is experiencing low pressure then request that your water district checks it?

Home Water Pressure Repair

I Have Low Water Pressure In My Bathroom

Is your low pressure coming from one specific area such as a faucet or showerhead? If so, then the cause is from built-up mineral deposits in your faucet aerator or showerhead. Remove the old showerhead and soak it for a couple of hours in a plastic bag with white vinegar.  You can also use a calcium and lime remover like Jelmar CL-Calcium Remover. Use an old toothbrush to remove the excess mineral deposits. If your shower head is old, you should replace it with a low flow head. Low flow showerheads perform as well as standard heads, use less water and can be purchased for less than $30. If the problem is a low flowing faucet, then unscrew the aerator from the faucet and replace it with a new one, the cost is less than $5.  

Check Your Shut-off Valve

If your home’s shut off valve is partially closed, it could be another cause for low pressure in your home. The shut off is usually located near the main city water supply pipe that enters your home through the foundation. Make sure the valve is completely open by turning the wheel-like valve counterclockwise. In the case of a lever handle, make sure the handle is parallel to the pipe to be fully open.

shut off valve

You May Have A Broken Pressure Reducing Valve

Another reason for low water pressure is a broken pressure regulator, also known as a pressure-reducing valve. This bell-shaped valve is what regulates the water in your home. In most cases, it’s for reducing pressure, but a broken valve can be the cause of low water pressure. Good water pressure is between 45 and 80 pounds per inch (PSI). Below 40 is considered low, and above 80 is deemed to be high and could put stress on pipes and appliances. You can test your pressure by purchasing a water pressure gauge, they’re less than ten dollars at any hardware store or online.

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