Does your washing machine take its sweet time to fill up with water? Are your showers not so hot or just a sprinkle? Low water pressure can throw your routine off track and make everyday tasks more time consuming. If this is the case in your home, keep reading for possible sources and solutions for water pressure troubles.
Locate the Source
The first order of business is to narrow the possible locations of the water pressure problem. If water pressure is low throughout your home, ask your neighbors if they are experiencing the same problem. If they are, call Fayette County Water System to inquire if there is a problem on their end. If low water pressure is specific to your home, you’ll need to check other possible causes.
There are a few reasons water supply to your home may be low. Check the main shutoff valve to see if it is fully open. If the valve is fine, you may have a broken main. Main ruptures can be caused by corrosion, encroaching tree roots or other sources. If the ground is wet where the local supply and main meet, call your plumbing professional.
Low water pressure at a specific fixture is often the result of a clog caused by mineral buildup or debris. You may replace the fixture or attempt to remove mineral buildup and debris. For kitchen and bathroom faucets, check the aerator screen and clean or replace it as needed. For clogged shower heads, try soaking them in a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water.
Water heater problems can cause low pressure for hot water. You may also experience a fluctuation in hot water temperature. There are several reasons which may cause this, such as a broken dip tube or debris inside the storage tank that is obstructing the water outlet pipe. Contact your plumber right away for a water heater inspection.
If you need assistance diagnosing low water pressure in your home, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today for the best service in the Grand Traverse County area!
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about low water pressure and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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