Have you ever turned on your faucet and had nothing but a weak, meager little stream of water come out? Or maybe you have tried to take a shower under a low flow of dripping, pressureless water. It feel impossible to get clean. The odds are, your problem is low water pressure. Don’t worry, there are plenty of solutions, and we are here to help you out!
Checking Your Valves
If you have low water pressure, you want the problem to be linked to you valves, because this should be a quick and easy fix. There are two valves connecting your home’s water system to the city water system. Sometimes they can become partially closed. One will be located in the meter box, and one near the hose bib. Check on both of them and make sure they are fully open.
This one is a little trickier. Unfortunately, it is also very common our here in the Southwest because of hard water. Hard water contains mineral deposits. As water moves through pipes, this mineral deposits can build up over time, gradually restricting the flow of water. Restricted water flow causes low water pressure. If you have mineral deposits in your pipes, you are going to need to hire a professional plumber to help you out.
Monitor Your Water Use
When are you using your water? Are you always taking your showers at 7 in the morning, or 6 in the evening? If so, your lower water pressure could be linked to peak period of water use. When a large majority of neighborhood uses water at the same time, it has a negative impact on water pressure. Mornings before work, and evenings just after dinner are periods of peak water use. If you really detest low water pressure, you may want to think about changing your routine! It may be an inconvenient, but at least it is free!