Having decent water pressure throughout your home is important for washing dishes, doing laundry, taking a shower, and even washing your hands. If the water pressure is too low, it makes these things a bit more difficult because there is not enough pressure to clean thoroughly. Here are the four most common reasons you could be having a problem with the water pressure:
- There's a Leak: First off, it might be because there is a leak in the pipes. You can check this on your own by looking at the exposed piping underneath the sink and around certain appliances, such as the dishwasher. If you find pools of water, then there is probably a leak. You may be able to locate it on your own, in which case you can seal it with binding tape found at your local hardware store. However, if you cannot locate it, you will want to hire a plumber. They will inspect your plumbing system to determine the exact source.
- The Water Valves are Tightened: Another issue could be that the water valves are tightened too much. This is a quick fix where you can simply loosen it a bit to increase water pressure. However, you should only loosen it if you notice that it is extremely tight. If they aren't, then it's best not to mess with them and instead look for what the true problem actually is.
- Mineral Buildup: Check the faucets to determine whether or not there is too much mineral buildup. You can tell when the faucet looks white and significantly blocked from debris. You should have it cleaned with special mineral buildup cleaner you can find at your local hardware store. If the problem is extremely bad, then it's best just to have the faucet replaced instead. The reason this causes problems with water pressure is because the buildup prevents the water from flowing through the faucet.
- The Pipe is Clogged: Finally, there might not be enough water coming out because there is a huge clog that is preventing it from coming through. At this point, pipes may need to be replaced or the pipes can be snaked by your plumber.
When you know some of the common issues, you can easily diagnose the potential problem and then, from there, determine whether or not you need to hire a plumber to resolve the issue or figure out if you can fix it on your own.