Low water pressure is an issue many homeowners have to deal with at one point. Looking forward to a rejuvenating warm shower and ending up under a dripping faucet can be quite frustrating. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to remedy this.
Check the pipes for clogging
Clogging is the major cause of low water pressure, and it occurs when debris collects and builds up within the plumbing system. While extreme cases may necessitate replacement of the affected sections of the pipe, tying a zip-lock bag containing vinegar, over the faucet or showerhead, and leaving it overnight, takes care of less severe clogging. Homeowners are advised against using chemical drain cleaners as it eats away at the plumbing pipes ultimately causing leaks. Involving a plumbing technician or investing in a professional drain cleaner is an effective way of clearing clogs and consequently improving the water pressure.
Look out for leakages
Ruptured pipes result in water being siphoned off the pipes before it gets to the faucet, leading to little water coming out. To determine whether your plumbing system has a leak, shut off all the faucets as well as the water valve and write down your water meter readings. Wait for approximately 2 hours and check the meter readings. An increased reading indicates a leak which should be fixed by a professional plumber.
Install a pressure booster
With distance and gravity being major factors that affect water pressure, you may be living in an elevated neighborhood that is far from the water source. In that case, a professional plumber can help you install a pressure booster. This is an electronic pump through which water is pumped and stored in a reserve tank for your use.
Before commencing with any of the above remedies, make sure you check out with your neighbors to rule out the possibility of this being a problem with the municipal’s water system. Regularly check the water meter to ascertain that it is operating optimally.
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