Have you noticed that it is taking a bit longer for your washing machine to fill up? Are showers taking longer because the water is more of a trickle than a spray? If so, you may have a problem with low water pressure. Low pressure can certainly put a crimp on daily chores or hygiene routines, but have no fear, we are here to help!
Below, we’ll take a look at a few reasons why your water pressure is less
than ideal, and how you can rectify the situation.
Water pipes are smooth and made to allow water to pass through them, but
there are a number of reasons why buildup can occur in your pipes and
significantly slow down passage of water. You may live in an area where there
is mineral-laden or hard water, and if so, that can create deposits inside the
pipes that build up over time. A water softener is a great solution to reduce
the water’s mineral content.
There could be an undetected leak in your home and you should be thankful
for the hint. Allowing the slow leak to build up over time could hit you hard
in the water bill department, promote mildew and mold growth, and compromise
the structural integrity of your home. Check the water meter for unusually-high
consumption levels, and look for discoloration in your floors, ceilings and
walls. A plumbing
service can repair the leak before major damage occurs.
Check with Your Municipality
It’s possible that the origin of low water pressure comes from your municipality
and not your home. For example, there could be a leak somewhere in the main
water line that is preventing the water to enter your home at full
pressure. If you are certain that there’s nothing in your home that could be
the cause of low water pressure, your local water department may be able to
provide you with information.
As always, we encourage you to contact us here at The Polite Plumber.