5 Reasons Why Your Water Pressure Is Low
Having good water pressure is something that we take for granted. When you turn on the faucet and see that you have poor water pressure, you will need to find out the problem. Knowing what to look for will help you to determine the cause of your low water pressure and how to fix it.
1. An Issue With the Water Meter Valve
If you have had any plumbing work or if you are on city or county water and it has just been worked on it, you will want to check to see that the water meter valve is turned all the way on. Sometimes, this valve does not get turned all the way on, and this could be causing your low water pressure. Simply turn the valve all the way on and check to see if your water pressure has been restored.
2. The Main Shutoff Valve Has Moved
You have a main shutoff valve located near your home or under it. The main shutoff and will cut off the main water to your home. Sometimes, this valve can get moved by something, and this will cause a reduction in water pressure in your home. Check the valve and make sure that it is all the way open.
3. Water Pressure Regulator
Not all homes are equipped with a water pressure regulator. You will want to check to see if your home has one. These are designed to limit the water pressure that comes from your city or county water. If it has failed, it can cause low water pressure.
4. Rust Buildup
If you have older pipes, especially those that are made with galvanized steel, and you start to experience issues with low water pressure, it could be due to corrosion. This corrosion will lead to rust building up in the pipes. Eventually, the entire line will become blocked. If this is the reason for your low water pressure, you will need to have your home repiped by a licensed plumbing company.
5. Issue With Your Water Heater Piping
In some cases, the issue with your low water pressure could be caused by your water heater. This is especially true if you have always had low water pressure. Look to the plumbing that connects your hot water heater. If only a ½-inch pipe were used, it could lead to low water pressure. To fix this issue, you will need a plumber to come out and put a bigger sized pipe in.
Low water pressure is not something you should have to deal with and can cause issues with your home. If you have low water pressure, please call us at Marklein Plumbing. We serve Ramona, CA, and surrounding areas and offer plumbing, water heater, and drain cleaning services.