As you may know from personal experience, low water pressure can be very irritating. After all, low water pressure can cause your shower to trickle, the faucet to dribble, and the washing machine to take a long time to fill. Unfortunately, many homeowners in Sarasota, Florida, find it difficult to determine which aspect of their plumbing is the one with the low-pressure issue.
Some of the most common signs of low water pressure include fixture-specific low pressure and temperature-specific low pressure.
What Are the Causes of Low Water Pressure?
Low pressure can be caused by a number of issues. Knowing the most common causes of low water pressure will help you identify an issue if one arises so that we can help you solve it more quickly.
One of the most common causes of low water pressure is the build-up of minerals and debris in the pipes. Through fractures in a water main, debris can enter the pipes of your home. Also, water traveling through the pipes can leave behind mineral deposits. Even a small buildup of sediment can have a significant impact on water pressure.
Another cause of low water pressure is corrosion buildup within the piping. Galvanized and steel piping systems typically last up to two decades. However, the insides of these pipes corrode naturally over time. This corrosion can block flow and lower water pressure. In general, repiping is necessary to deal with corroded pipes.
Low water pressure could also be a sign of a plumbing leak. Due to how common this issue is, plumbing leaks are probably the primary cause of low water pressure. If you suspect that you have a plumbing leak, you can have a HVAC contractor determine whether there is truly a leak in the piping.
Fixture-Specific Low Pressure
When people think of low water pressure, many people imagine the issue will impact all aspects of the home’s plumbing. However, the truth is that low water pressure can be specific to certain conditions. For example, low water pressure can be fixture-specific.
In some cases, the water pressure of a home can be adequate overall, but a few fixtures may dribble when they should run an adequate amount of water. This situation is referred to as fixture-specific low pressure. In general, the cause of fixture-specific low pressure lies with the actual fixture rather than the plumbing. Usually, a faucet with low water pressure has a clogged aerator. Homeowners can either use a vinegar-water solution to clean the buildup of debris or have a plumber install a replacement aerator.
If the water pressure for the faucet is still low, it is possible that there is a clog in the line leading to the sink. This isssue is especially common in older homes that have galvanized piping. Homeowners should have a plumber deal with any clogs.
Temperature-Specific Low Pressure
Low water pressure can also be specific to temperature. Essentially, this means that the water pressure will only be low at certain temperatures. If you notice that the water pressure is low for hot water outputs in your home, this is indeed a sign of low water pressure. In most cases, the culprit for this issue is the water heater. If the water heater isn’t able to heat sufficient amounts of water, the water pressure may be low.
You should check the shut-off valve to the tank of the water heater if you suspect that temperature-specific low pressure is the issue you’re dealing with. The shut-off valve should be open. If not, open the shut-off valve entirely. In the event that this doesn’t resolve the issue, you should call a plumber to further look into the issue and find a solution.
Undoubtedly, low water pressure in your home can be bothersome, especially if you’re trying to do simple day-to-day tasks. Taking a shower is usually quick and easy. However, low water pressure can make taking a shower frustrating rather than enjoyable. For more information about signs of low water pressure, don’t hesitate to talk to a plumber from Aqua Plumbing & Air by calling 941-306-3715.
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