There’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.