Managing Water Pressure in Your Home

by | Jan 23, 2014 | Plumbing

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Water pressure is the force exerted by the flow of water when it leaves your faucet, showerhead, or toilet. High water pressure is what makes a shower relaxing or allows you to wash your dishes efficiently. Low water pressure can leave you with a faucet head that dribbles water or exerts a very slow stream of water. The lack of pressure can make it more difficult to get your dishes clean or take longer to fill up a pot of water. Your toilet may not flush efficiently, causing you to flush numerous times, which wastes water. A professional plumber can help you figure out the reason for low water pressure and provide solutions to help improve the pressure in your home.

Water Pipes Are Too Small

One of the main culprits of low water pressure is when the water pipes installed for your home are too small. This can happen in older homes with outdated plumbing systems or in new construction if you didn’t request larger pipes during the building process. Increasing the overall size of your plumbing pipes can greatly improve the flow and strength of your water pressure. A plumber can assess your current plumbing system and determine if upgrading to larger pipes would solve the problem. Although the upgrade is just a quarter of an inch, it will make a huge difference.

Blockage in the Pipes

Another cause of poor water pressure is a blockage in the pipes. If your plumbing system has a buildup of debris, it will affect the rate at which water flows through the pipes, resulting in a weakened flow when it leaves the faucet. Sometimes the blockage is merely a buildup of hair and other things that typically go down a drain, but some homeowners do find that tree roots invading the plumbing system are the cause of the blockage. If you fear a blockage in your plumbing system, it’s best to have a plumber assess the problem and offer a solution.

Pressure Affected from Outside the Home

In some situations, a plumber can’t help you because the problem lies with your local water department. Most homes receive water from a local municipality, and if the water department is having problems, it will affect the water pressure in your home. If you suspect the problem lies with the source of your water and not within your home, it’s best to call your local water company and find out if there are any current problems with the supply. If not, then it’s time to call a plumber.

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