Low water pressure causes and solutions

Low water pressure at home makes it so that daily tasks like dishwashing and handwashing take longer than they need to. In the shower, low pressure prevents the experience of a satisfying, effective wash. Filling water in a sink, tub, or pitcher can take forever. Dishwashers and laundry washing machines may perform less optimally due to low water pressure. 

Keep in mind that low water pressure has several different potential causes, which is why it is best to call a plumber to accurately diagnose the issue through a professional inspection. Continue reading to learn what may be preventing your water from flowing and moving.

What Causes Low Water Pressure?

Generally speaking, low water pressure is an issue with either a single fixture or multiple areas of your home. If you notice low pressure in only one showerhead or faucet, the most likely reason for low pressure is that the fixture or part needs to be replaced. If you notice low pressure affecting multiple or all fixtures or appliances throughout the home, the problem is likely to do with your pipes or main water valve. 

One of the most common causes of low water pressure in San Diego is dirty faucet aerators. An aerator is found at the end of the faucet that directs water into the sink or tub, introducing oxygen into the water while limiting the flow of water into a consistent stream. Dirty aerators need to be cleaned or replaced in order for the faucet to function properly.

There are several potential causes of low water pressure that affect the whole house. The water you use in your home comes from a water source, which is likely your city’s water or a private well. Too much sediment from the main water supply will accumulate into buildup, which causes low water pressure. To prevent sediment buildup, a professional plumber can install a whole house water filter. Furthermore, whole house water filters should be replaced every 3 to 6 months depending on where you live. 

The issue may be with the water meter value or main water shutoff valve, which can be corrected by a professional plumber. Furthermore, if you have a water pressure regulator, its faultiness can cause water pressure to enter your home too high or too low. Call a professional plumber to inspect your water pressure regulator to determine if it is indeed the issue and, if it is, perform repair or replacement.  

Pipe corrosion is a serious plumbing issue as well as a common cause of low water pressure.  Corrosion develops into buildup over a number of years, eventually restricting the flow of water due to the narrowing of the interior of the pipes. Corrosion is common for galvanized or steel pipes, but buildup of anything in pipes of any material can also be the cause of low water pressure. Pipe corrosion generally requires pipe replacement, which should be performed by a professionally trained and equipped plumber. Click here to learn about trenchless pipe replacement and restoration.

Call A Professional Plumber To Fix Low Water Pressure

With there being numerous potential causes of low pressure, California Plumbing offers comprehensive plumbing solutions to fix any cause of low water pressure.

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