Your home’s water pressure is something that we can all agree is important. After all, nobody wants to take a shower under a showerhead that is giving off a little bit more than a trickle of water, right? If you are finding that your home is suffering from a lack of water pressure lately, don’t panic! There are a few things you can do to try and solve the problem. Here’s a quick look at some of the best plumbing tips and troubleshooting methods!
Do a full water pressure check
It’s a good idea to check all faucets in your home to see which ones have low pressure. Doing this will allow you to determine if there is more than one problem area. If there are no more than two problem areas, the low water pressure could be the result of a clogged faucet or aerator. If you can’t pinpoint the problem to only one or two faucets, it’s likely you’re dealing with a larger problem. If this is the case, it’s time to look for other low-pressure sources. Start by checking the PRV and water shut off valves in your home, look for water leaks such as a leaking toilet or water main, and check your water heater (this last one is important if you find that you are only having low pressure when using hot water).
Checking the shut off valve and PRV
Your water shut off valve can affect water pressure even when turned only slightly, so try playing around with it a bit and see if it solves your problem. The pressure reducing valve (PRV) is also very sensitive, so adjusting it could also be the solution you are looking for. When testing either of these two solutions out, it’s a good idea to test them on all faucets in your home to make sure the problem is completely fixed.
Locating a water leak
The first thing you should do when trying to find a water leak in your home is to check each and every toilet in your house. Leaky toilets are the most common source of water leaks in any home, so make sure to inspect each one carefully. A good test to see if a toilet is leaking is to put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and then wait a few hours. If the food coloring ends up showing up in the bowl, then the toilet has a leak. It’s also a good idea to check your service line meter and have a look at its leak indicator, which is usually a small triangle shaped dial or disk that rotates when water is flowing. If it is turning, it’s likely that you have a leak. Lastly, check your home for any easy-to-spot water puddles and patches of wet carpet near water fixtures.
Checking your hot water heater
You’ll need to do this if you are only experiencing low pressure when using hot water. Check that the water heater’s shut off valve is completely open. If the valve is shut even a little bit, it can affect water pressure.
If none of these solutions seem to be working for you, the best strategy for solving your water pressure issue is to call a professional. Professional plumbing services are the best way to ensure your water pressure problem is fixed once and for all!
All credit goes to Aslan Plumbing.