If you have experienced low water pressure in your home before you most likely understand the frustrated feeling you get when you go to take a shower or wash the dishes and only a few drops of water come out.
Ever wonder what causes such a ‘low flow’ in a home? There are multiple reasons to take into consideration and in most cases, the solution is rather simple.
Debris and Mineral Buildup in Pipes
Debris such as sand, dirt, and pollutants may enter your home’s pipes when a water main fractures. Even without a fractured line, mineral buildup is unavoidable overtime. Try using a natural plumbing cleaner that can help break down and flush out debris from pipes to solve this problem.
Any damage to the pipe that results in a leak, whether large or small, can result in lower water pressure. To determine whether you have a leak – read the meter, not the bill! Shut off all water taps both inside and outside of your home. Record the meter after shutting off the water taps then come back a few hours later and check it again. If your water usage has increased, chances are you have a leak and need to contact a professional plumber ASAP!
Sometimes, the fix to low water pressure is as simple as a schedule change when it comes to using water in your home. You may not realize it but, you may be operating on the same schedule as your neighbors – showering in the morning, watering the lawn late afternoon – shocker, we know! If this is the case, you just have to look at altering your schedule.
Municipal Water Supply Malfunctions
Just like your own piping system, your community’s municipal water supply is prone to malfunctioning. Call your local company to find out if there is an issue and whether or not they can fix the problem quickly.
By monitoring water usage schedules and checking the valves you can easily identify and eliminate the problem on your own. However, if the issue includes pipe erosion, blockage, or leaks it is best to consult a professional.
For quality plumbing solutions and on-time service across Twin Cities – St. Paul, rely on the professionals at Uptown Plumbing. Our company has been trusted in tens of thousands of homes in our 100+ years of service.