We’ve all been there. Stepping into the shower expecting a refreshing downpour and finding yourself standing in the stream of a sprinkler can be more of a shock than the cold rush of your hot water running out. The shock can wear off, unfortunately, and too many of us get used to our low water pressure because it seems like too much of a hassle. If you’re having water pressure issues, we’re here to tell you it can be easier than you think!
What Causes Low Water Pressure?
While it is possible for low water pressure to be a neighborhood issue that needs to be addressed by a government authority, there are a few more likely causes to check before writing to your local legislature. Some common reasons for low water pressure are:
- Blocked Shower Head. Cleaning your shower head regularly is important to keeping the highest water pressure possible. If sediment or limescale buildup, they can block the flow from the small spouts. Be sure not to just clean the outside but unscrew the showerhead to take care of the tougher deposits inside too.
- Competing Appliances. Be careful to note when you’re experiencing water pressure issues. Sometimes, the issue is as simple as forgetting that you began a load of laundry before hopping into the shower.
- Tight Valves. When you’ve had work done to your home’s plumbing, it’s possible the main water shutoff valve was closed and not fully opened again. Try opening your valve rotating wheel. Valves will turn counter-clockwise and lever valves in line with the pipe.
When Should You Call a Plumber
If you suspect the cause of your problem is buildup of mineral compounds. or a clog in your aerator, a corroded or leaky water line, your best bet is going to be to get a professional’s opinion of how to move forward. If your water line is lead or galvanized steel, they are at higher risk of corroding and even collapsing in the event of a sudden change in water pressure. For this or any other plumbing-related issues, Plumb Doctor is here. Call to speak to one of our experts at (770) 293-7080.