Nothing worse than taking a shower only to have your water trickle out. Yes, we’re all a group pampered people that like a hot shower with good water pressure. The cause of low water pressure can be as simple as a shut-off valve being closed or blocked faucet due to calcium and mineral build up. There are some easy ways to identify low water pressure problems.
Let’s start with the obvious. Are all the locations in your home or office experiencing low pressure? Your shower, faucets, and hose hookups are the most common, so run all faucets to determine the problem areas. Make sure you check both hot and cold water. If the hot water pressure is slow, the culprit is usually the hot water heater.
Low Water Pressure Can Be Located
If you’ve checked all the locations and have isolated them to one or two faucets, then a clogged faucet may be your problem. For example, if it’s a shower head you may see calcium build up on the front. If you turn on the shower, some of the holes may be clogged. For a faucet, the problem could be as simple as replacing the aerator. The aerator is the small screen that screws into the top of the faucet.
Unscrew the end of your faucet and clear any debris from the aerator. Aerators cost about $5, so it may be best to replace it.
Once the aerator has been removed, run the faucet if water flow has been restored the problem is solved. If water pressure is still slow, the problem will be in another area and is an overall issue.
Check All Areas For Low Water Pressure:
1. Your water pressure valve (PVR) may have gone wrong. This is a common occurrence for low water pressure. Your PVR is the bell-shaped object usually in your garage. You can adjust it to see if it affects your overall water pressure. You can adjust it by tightening or loosening the screw on the top of the valve.
2. The shut-off valve usually located near your PVR needs to be completely open. This valve can decrease water flow if it is slightly closed.
3. If your low water pressure is isolated to your hot water, the problem is probably your water heater shut off valve.
4. Check for water leaks around your home. You can do this by shutting off all the water in your home. Make sure that you have no appliances running like a dishwasher. Then check your water meter if it continues to move chances are you have a water leak. You can also check for puddling around your home or business.
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