You may not realize how much you depend on water to complete various tasks in your home until you encounter a problem with your water supply line. In some cases, some issues can hold your access to clean water for a while. Regrettably, even when your water supply is working, you may still face reduced water pressure issues.
When your water pressure gets low, it can negatively affect your quality of life. Everything from cooking to cleaning dishes, showering, doing laundry, and more can turn into longer, more laborious tasks when your water pressure reduces. To combat this issue, you have first to understand the cause. Here are some of the reasons you may experience low water pressure in your home.
Blockages in Pipes
One of the leading causes of low water pressure is a blocked pipe. Debris like sand, dirt, hardened grease and oil, foreign objects, food scraps, and mineral buildup clog pipes over time, causing water pressure to decrease as the clog reduces space for water to flow through the pipes.
Corrosion leads to oxidation that accumulates inside the pipe walls, limiting the path for water to flow. Corrosion is common in older cast iron, galvanized steel, and copper pipes. Corroded pipes ultimately develop holes until they collapse.
Water Meter Valve
If you’re dealing with low water pressure in your home, the water meter valve, which regulates the amount of water that comes into your house, may be the culprit, especially if you recently had work done on your plumbing system. Contact your water supplier so that they can check the valve to determine whether or not it’s opened fully.
Faulty Pressure Regulator
The pressure regulator helps maintain constant water pressure in your plumbing system. The manufacturer usually sets it to around 45-60 psi, so adjustments are not required. If you’re experiencing low water pressure, adjust the regulator. But if the device is damaged, you need to have it repaired or replaced.
Plumbing fixtures themselves, such as faucets and showerheads, can become clogged or faulty over time. While this may seem like a minor issue, it can negatively impact your water pressure significantly.
Gideon Plumbing Can Help
If you’re dealing with low water pressure in your Duncan, BC home, call Gideon Plumbing right away. We can promptly and accurately identify the cause of reduced water pressure at your home. We’re also prepared to provide you with professional drain and emergency plumbing services. To request a service, call us today or visit our offices.