What To Do When You Lose Water Pressure

brushing teeth with no water pressureWho doesn’t enjoy a good bath after a hectic day? We certainly do! And we are sure you do too. And this is all due to water flowing at the correct pressure. So, it certainly feels alarming when the water suddenly trickles down from a steady flow in the middle of a refreshing shower.

What could have happened? Here are four common reasons why you may suddenly experience low water pressure.

  • Your Water Supplier Cut The Flow

Before you reach the plumber, you might want to check in with the neighbors if they’re also experiencing some “downtime” in the showers. If the low water pressure is not peculiar to you, then the issue might be from your water supplier. There may be some repair work going on. Or there may be a problem with the supply pipes. Either way, you need to notify them as soon as you can so they can look into the matter.

  • Your Shut-Off Valve is Half-Shut

Every house has a main shut-off valve. It may take some searching to locate, but you must find it. Why? Well, that’s easy to answer. Your Shut-Off Valve is your first (and sometimes only) link to your water supplier. It controls the amount of water you get from the main supply lines. If it’s turned off or halfway shut, you won’t be enjoying jet-spray showers in the bathroom.

  • Your Pressure Regulator Is Sending An ‘SOS’

Pressure regulators modulate water pressure coming into the house. Not all homes have one. But if you do and you notice that the water pressure is too low, you might want to check it out. There may be something wrong with your pressure regulator that makes it challenging to regulate incoming water pressure. If this is the case, you’d need the services of an experienced plumber near you. Luckily for you, Captain Plumber is just a call away!

  • There’s A Clog In The Pipe

Clogged pipes reduce the amount of water that can pass through them. And a reduction in water flow equals a drop in water pressure. So have a rethink about tossing the remains of last night’s greasy dinner down the drain. Even if you have a “clog removal” solution at home, you can’t tell what effects such a chemical would have on your pipes in the long run. Your best bet? Call a professional plumber to help unclog your pipes.

So what do you do when you notice a drop in water pressure the next time you are in the shower?

Two things!

First, drink a glass of water. No, that doesn’t magically raise the water pressure. That’s to soothe frayed nerves.

Secondly? See if all the valves that ought to be open are open. Or off if they need to be.

If all else fails, you can always call Captain Plumber for a speedy home inspection.

Common Causes Of Low Water Pressure

dripping faucet low water pressureThere’s just something about taking a shower and having the water hit you just right after a grueling day at the gym! That feeling is only made possible through your water flowing out at a high enough pressure for you to enjoy your bath.

Water pressure usually falls in the range of 40 to 55 psi. A reading below 40 psi automatically qualifies as low water pressure and indicates a larger issue worth looking into.

So what could be the reason for a sudden drop in your home’s water pressure? Here are four common causes of low water pressure as identified by the team at Captain Plumber. Always remember that no matter how dire your plumbing needs seem, we are but a phone call away!

Old pipes are prone to wear and tear, leading to leaks from joints and endings. Yes, they have been there since you first moved into the house – and they have served you well ever since – but the minute you notice a leak, expect your water pressure to drop, if it hadn’t dropped already. Luckily, this is easy to address as a call to any of our plumbers at Captain Plumber would see the issue speedily resolved.

  • Damaged Water Pressure Regulator

Your house’s water pressure regulator maintains a steady water pressure that is safe for use, usually between 45 and 55 psi. Any damage to this important component of your home’s water system can lead to massive fluctuations between high and low water pressure. To restore things to their normal state, you’d need the services of a licensed plumber to fix – or change – your faulty water pressure regulator.

  • Over-used Mixing Valves

This issue is common in houses that have just one faucet in the bathtub or shower. The faucet houses the mixing valve, which essentially regulates the quantity of either hot or cold water that is supplied to the faucet. If your mixing valve has seen much use over the years, it can get worn out. Once this happens, the temperature and pressure of the water supplied to your faucets would be affected. It would need to be changed as quickly as possible.

  • Blocked Showerheads

Your showerheads can get clogged from the buildup of mineral aggregates within the small pores of the showerhead. When this happens, the flow of water that comes out of your showerhead is reduced, leading to a drop in the water pressure. You can easily get rid of the mineral sediment build-up by unfastening and soaking the showerhead overnight in a bowl of vinegar. You can then remove the remaining undissolved particles with a brush.

If you suddenly notice that water isn’t flowing as well as it used to, that’s a good indicator that your house’s plumbing needs to be checked. Often, it’s a sign of a much deeper underlying problem that would require professional attention.

If you’re looking for a plumber near you, Captain Plumber is just a dial away. We look forward to hearing from you.