For many home and business owners, they don’t give a second thought about water pressure. The fact is, low pressure just creeps up on you over time without notice. If you’re a business owner such as a restaurant you come to rely on good water pressure. For your home, is about an excellent quality of life. No one wants to take a hot shower with only a light spray coming out of your shower head. The same holds true for your faucets, outdoor spigots, and bathtub faucets. And while low water pressure is a problem, high pressure can also wreak havoc on your plumbing system.
Low Water Pressure For Sinks And Showers
If the low water pressure is isolated to one sink or shower, then the problem is usually due to mineral deposits (hard water) in your water that builds upon your faucet or showerhead. Based on the value and age of your faucets or showerheads, you may want to either clean or replace them. If it’s a kitchen or bathroom faucet, it may be as easy as changing the aerator on your faucet head. You can purchase an aerator at your local home improvement store for less than five bucks.
Get In The Comfort Zone By Replacing Your Showerhead
For a showerhead, cleaning or replacing them will get you back in the comfort of a nice hot shower. Soaking your shower head in a mix of baking soda and vinegar in a plastic bag overnight will loosen the mineral deposits and along with some light scraping, you’ll be back in the comfort zone. If it’s time for a new showerhead, consider a high-quality, low flow showerhead. You can purchase one for less than 30 dollars.
Simple √ Checks Can Get Your Water Pressure Back On Track
Some simple checks could reveal the culprit behind your low water pressure; for example, if your water meter is turned toward the “off” position ever so slightly it could cause low pressure. Additionally, you can check the pressure reducing valve (PRV) in your home. The bell-shaped valve is responsible for regulating the water pressure in your home. The PRV itself is also known to break, your Big B’s Plumbing contractor is accustomed to replacing them.
Watch Out For High Water Pressure
Testing the pressure for the whole house is a relatively easy task. A homeowner can purchase a pressure gauge at your local hardware store or online for less than 10 dollars. The gauge fastens to the outdoor spigot. For optimal pressure, the gauge should read between 45 to 55 pounds per inch (PSI). The pressure should never exceed 85 PSI because it puts stress on pipes and appliances. If you need a plumbing specialist, we have you covered at Big B’s Plumbing. License #986152