A weak trickle from the showerhead; a washing machine that takes forever to fill; a dribbling faucet while you attempt to do the dishes; low water pressure is a frustrating problem. It is also an issue that can have a lot of different causes.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common ones to look for in the household.
1) You have a water leak.
A drop in water pressure is one of the telltale signs of a concrete slab or plumbing leak. Hopefully this will not be the case, but you should look for other indications of a water leak around the house. Or to be sure, call a free leak detection specialist to check it out for you.
2) One of your shutoff valves is not fully open.
Your plumbing system has two shutoff valves. The first is the water meter valve, which belongs to your water company and is usually located underground. The second is the main shutoff valve, located where the main city supply pipe enters your home through the wall. When one of these valves is partially closed off, less water is being delivered through your pipes. If you’ve recently had repairs or other plumbing work done, you should check the the main valve and call your water company to have someone check the water meter valve.
3) Your pipes are clogged or corroded.
A partial clog in your pipes will, obviously, block water from flowing into your home and result in low water pressure. Corroded pipes can also cause a drop in water pressure when buildup from corrosion forms a clog or they fracture and start leaking. A clog can be an easy fix by your plumber. If your pipes are old and corroded though, you may need to have them replaced.
4) The pressure regulator is not working.
Some homes have a control valve—called a pressure regulator—in their plumbing system that keeps water pressure at a safe level, so as not to damage your pipes. If your drop in water pressure is sudden and all throughout the house, your pressure regulator may have failed. You can check for yourself by attaching a water pressure gauge to the hose spigot closest to your main line. A normal reading is usually anywhere between 52 and 75 pounds per square inch.
If you suspect the source of your low water pressure may be a leak, call Inland Empire Leak Detection. We’ll send an expert out to your home to determine whether you’re dealing with a leak at no cost to you. If a problem is detected, we can provide the effective, affordable plumbing solutions necessary to get everything back to normal.
Contact us today to schedule your free leak test!