If you notice low water pressure in your home, some around the house inspection can help gather pertinent information that might help you fix the problem yourself before deciding if you need to call in a plumber. A biggie is determining if low water pressure affects the entire neighborhood, or just your home. Talking to your neighbors would be a good idea, because if it’s just your home, it’ll be an easier problem to fix.
The next thing to determine would be if the low water pressure is occurring throughout your entire home, or only at one source, for example at one sink or faucet. If low water pressure is occurring throughout your home, it may simply be that the main water valve isn’t entirely open. You can locate the main water valve outside and turn it counter-clockwise to make sure it is flowing at a maximum force. Consider also if a water pressure reducing valve has been installed to limit water flow diverted from the municipal water supply. You can ask a plumber to adjust it so that it allows for a higher flow rate.
Is there a leak in your main water line? You can check the basement or garage for evidence of leaking pipes or wet spots where you main water line meets the local water supply. If it’s been dry out and there is a wet spot near the main, that could be a sign that you do have a leak there, in which case you would want to call a plumber to help fix the problem.
If low water pressure is at a single source, like a sink or appliance, it could be that you have lime deposit buildup in your pipes. This is common in older homes that have old pipes. You may need to have a plumber come in and replace your pipes to remedy the problem. Before jumping to this conclusion, if you are dealing with low water pressure from a sink, it could simply be that the faucet has a clogged aerator. This can be fixed by unscrewing the aerator from the tap and soaking it in a vinegar-water solution. Replacing the aerator altogether is inexpensive, and you can find the part at your local hardware store.
If you notice temperature-specific low water pressure, for example if low pressure comes when you are using hot water only, you could have an issue with your hot water heater. This would require an inspection by a plumber. If you can’t solve your low water pressure problem using these DIY methods, then give Black Diamond Services a call. We would be glad to help get your water flowing as it should. Get in touch and make an appointment today!