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Why Is My Water Pressure Low?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Apr 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Why is my water pressure low?Have you ever tried taking a shower or washing your dishes with low water pressure? It takes way longer than it needs to and you just don't get the same results you would with normal water pressure. Sure, the lower water bill that comes along with it is great, but at some point you have to say enough is enough. We've laid out what causes one of the most common plumbing problems, and what all you can do to fix the problem and get the water pressure you need:

What's Causing Your Low Water Pressure Problem?

Potential Problem 1: There's buildup in your pipes

There are two main ways you can get buildup in your pipes: a water main can break, or debris can settle out of your water as it flows through your pipes. 

The Solution: This one is pretty easy! You just need to have your pipes flushed out.

Potential Problem 2: Your pipes are corroded

Your pipes can only last so long and with the near constant presence of water, corrosion is inevitable.

The Solution: You may not want to hear it, but when corrosion is causing your low water pressure, replacing your pipes may be your only option for a true, long term solution. So while this would be a big, long, expensive project, it would also eliminate the problem for years to come.

Potential Problem 3: You've got a leak

You can't have normal water pressure when not all of your water is making it through your pipes!

The Solution: You can actually identify a leak pretty easily on your own. All you have to do is turn off all the water inside and outside of your home (all faucets, showers, garden hoses, etc.), make a note of your meter, wait a few hours, then check your meter again. An easy way to do this is to check your meter before you go to work and once you've get home since you know no one will be using any water throughout the day. If your two meter readings don't match up, you have a leak that needs to be fixed.

Potential Problem 4: It's not just your home

Sometimes the problem is one of these we've just listed, but at your water supply company rather than within your own pipes. Since they're using pipes just like your home is, they're suscepible to the same problems you are.

The Solution: Just give your local water supply company a call and let them know that you're experiencing low water pressure that you were unable to tie back to a probem in your own pipes, and that they should check within their own system.

While these aren't the only causes of low water pressure, they are some of the most common. If you need help identifying your problem and returning your water pressure to a livable level, or have other serious plumbing problems, just give us a call at (864) 242-5511 or click the banner below to schedule service online! You can also sign up for our Diamond Club to be sure your plumbing is getting regular check ups, and that little problems (like dwindling water pressure) are caught before they turn into big ones.

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Topics: Water