Low water pressure can be a frustrating issue that affects the functionality of your home’s plumbing system. While it’s a common problem, you can try several simple fixes before calling a professional plumber. Only try fixes you’re comfortable attempting, and get help if you ever feel you’re in over your head.
Check for Clogs
One of the primary causes of low water pressure is clogged pipes or faucets. Sediment, minerals, or debris can accumulate over time, restricting the flow of water. Begin by inspecting aerators on faucets and showerheads. Remove and clean them thoroughly, ensuring any accumulated debris is cleared. You can soak them in vinegar overnight (or longer, if needed) to clear off the gunk and get the water flowing again.
Examine Shut-Off Valves
Ensure that all shut-off valves, both at the main water supply and individual fixtures, are fully open. Sometimes, valves can inadvertently be turned partially, reducing water flow. If you find a partially closed valve, open it completely to see if it resolves the issue.
Inspect Pressure Regulator
Homes with a pressure regulator control the water pressure coming into the house. Locate the pressure regulator and check its setting. Adjusting the regulator to the recommended pressure can sometimes alleviate low water pressure problems.
Replace Old Pipes
Aging or corroded pipes can significantly impact water pressure. If you have older pipes, consider replacing them with newer materials like copper or PEX. This may require the expertise of a plumber, but it can be a long-term solution to improve water flow throughout your home.
Undetected leaks can contribute to low water pressure. Inspect your plumbing for any leaks, especially in hidden areas such as the basement or crawl spaces. Repairing leaks promptly not only conserves water but also helps maintain proper pressure.
When to Call a Professional Plumber
Persistent Low Pressure
If your DIY efforts don’t yield satisfactory results, and low water pressure persists, it’s time to bring in a professional plumber. They have the expertise and tools to diagnose and address more complex issues, such as hidden leaks, blockages deep within pipes, or problems with the water main.
Sudden Pressure Drop
A sudden and significant drop in water pressure could be a sign of a serious issue, such as a burst pipe or a malfunctioning pressure regulator. In such cases, it’s crucial to seek professional help immediately to prevent further damage to your plumbing system.
If you notice unusual noises, such as banging or clanking pipes when water is running, it could indicate a more complicated issue like a water hammer or a blockage. Professional plumbers have the knowledge to identify and resolve these issues effectively.
Call Mahon Plumbing Today
If you still have more questions regarding your plumbing, we here at Mahon Plumbing are here to help. We have been serving the wider Baltimore area since 1994, so we have 25 years of experience to back up our fantastic service! Call us at our Baltimore location at 410-766-8566 or our Pasadena location at 410-636-7944. Be sure to keep up with us on social media by following us on Facebook or Twitter.