Dealing with low water pressure in your home can be frustrating. Your washing machine will take a long time to fill, the kitchen sink faucet will dribble and make it difficult to rinse dishes, and showering will take a long time to rinse the shampoo in your hair. Here are a few ways that you can troubleshoot the problem.
Check In With Your Neighbors
Start by asking your neighbors if they are having water pressure problems themselves. If they are, it could be a problem that is affecting your part of the city. Reach out to the city water department, or contact 311 for non-emergency services. Letting them know there is a problem is the best way to get it solved, and it's always possible that nobody else reported the problem.
Check Water Valves And Shut Offs
There may be a water pressure control valve somewhere between your municipal water source and your home. A plumber can locate the vale, and make any necessary adjustments for you. Also, be sure to check the main water shutoff valve located in your home. It may not be completely open, leading to the decrease in water pressure.
Check For Leaks
A leak somewhere in the main water line will definitely reduce the water pressure. Investigate your basement or crawlspace for water, as that will be a main indicator that water is leaking somewhere before it gets into your home's plumbing. You should also investigate the ground around your home for wetness, as it could be an issue with a line buried underground.
Clean Out Aerators
If the low water pressure is happening to a specific faucet in your home, it could be due to a clogged aerator. Sediment can travel through the water lines and get trapped behind the aerator. Fixing the problem is as simple taking the aerator off and cleaning it. The aerator itself may be the cause of low water pressure, as it is designed to conserve water. Try removing the aerator completely and see if that fixes the problem.
Low Water Pressure Solution
Have you investigated all the plumbing in and around your home and are still not happy with your water pressure? A plumber can install a water pressure booster system. It is installed on your main water line, and will increase water pressure to somewhere between 45-55 psi.
Poor water pressure is not something you have to live with forever. Contact a local plumber and ask how they can help improve your home's water pressure.