Have you ever had a huge pile of dirty dishes or an ever-growing pile of laundry? Getting everything done around the house can be tedious but what happens when your chore time is tripled because of low water pressure? Your sink can take a longer than normal time to fill and your dishwasher may run a longer cycle. Low water pressure can result from one home appliance if this is the case finding the culprit should be a breeze. Unfortunately for some, multiple appliances can be affected by low water pressure, in which case you would need to narrow down the problems to find the main one. A fixture or two can generally get the job done. Here are a few things to try when you’re facing low water pressure.
1. Always start with basics when you are trying to solve any problem. In this case, check your water meter. Always ensure that it is working on its full capacity. Do not always assume that it is working to its full potential even if it appears to be.
2. The next thing you need to do is check for clogged faucets. Sediments on the aerator can become an obstacle in the stream of fast-flowing water. The aerator collects contaminants and hard water on the screen that is placed on the device. Unscrew the sink tap or the shower head and clean out any debris. Proceed to clean it by using mild soap and water or do a vinegar rinse.
3. Check the shut-off valves. Each faucet and fixture have a shutoff valve and a master shut off valve located near the meter. The valve needs to open up to the top to ensure maximum pressure. Sometimes it is shut down for plumbing purposes so make sure you open it completely and check the pressure regulating the meter. To change the pressure just unscrew the bolts and make respective changes. You might want to consider changing the valve if it has broken down.
4. Another culprit is running water. Check all your toilets for leakage. Running toilets can take a toll on water pressure. Check the toilets to see if the water is moving in rounds in the bowl or if there is a leaking sound. You can also do a color test. Put some food color in the tank and check if it is still there after an hour.
5. Check all the faucets and fixtures for potential leaks. The dishwasher pipes and pipes leading to other such appliances can leak as well. The leakage can also be internal at times. A way to check for this is to turn off the main water supply of the house and do NOT use water for at least half an hour. Note down the present water readings on a piece of paper then come back and note down the reading after some time. If both the readings are the same, there are no internal leaks. However, if there is a discrepancy your best bet is to call a plumber.
6. Lastly, if the problem only exists with hot water, check your water heater. Leaks from the water heater and shut off the valve of the heater can cause the water pressure to drop overall. Listen closely to the sound, if you can hear sediments, then clean your valve. If not, then call in for professional help to get it checked out.
Some of these tips may or may not work. In the case that your water pressure is not increased and is causing leaks/clogs call a plumber to get the issue resolved immediately before there is further damage done.