There are many frustrations that homeowners face, but the one that seems to warrant complaints the quickest is low water pressure. The bottom line is that it takes pressure to wash dishes or rinse shampoo and conditioner out of your hair. If there is just a little trickle coming out, that just will not do. It can be equally as frustrating to narrow down what is causing the low water pressure.
Five Causes of Low Water Pressure:
- Mineral Build-up – if you have hard water, your pipes are much more susceptible to deposit build-up. The minerals in the water passing through your pipes will build up over time and coat the walls of your pipes. This leaves a very narrow space for water to flow through and creates low water pressure. If you notice that you only have low water pressure from one faucet/fixture the problem may because of a mineral buildup on an aerator. This is pretty simple fix.
- Clogs – mineral build-up can definitely contribute to hair and debris getting caught on something and clogging up your system. Not only can this cause low water pressure, but it the pressure build up behind the clog can cause a pipe to burst. A simple pipe cleaning can solve this problem; however, we recommend steering clear of pouring chemicals down your drains as they may be too harsh and damage your pipes.
- Partially Closed Main Shutoff Valves – the two main causes for a main shut off valve to become partially closed is either a person put it that way or it is failing in some way. Either way, the result is low water pressure and the action to take is to open it all the way. You may want to first completely close it and then open it all the way.
- Municipal Water Supply Malfunctions – if you have run out options in your home as to why you may have low water pressure, ask your neighbors if they are experiencing the same thing. Minerals build up and clogs can happen to your area’s water supply system the same way they happen inside your home. The great news is, you will not have to pay for this fix, but the downside is you are also not in control as to when it gets fixed.
If you have noticed a change in water pressure, give us a call today at 203-791-8089. Carmine’s will find your problem area and have you flowing properly again in no time.