Most people love a shower with strong water pressure, so if, for some reason, you are suddenly finding a change in your pressure, it may leave you scratching your head. Low water pressure can also make washing dishes harder and cause washing machines to fill more slowly. Plumbing contractors NYC deal with low water pressure issues all the time. Here are five reasons why your water pressure might be low.
Coincidence. Your schedule matches up with others in the neighborhood causing a collective draw on the municipal system. If you are taking a shower in the morning or washing dishes in the evening, a lot of other people probably have the same routine or schedule. Try changing things up and use water at non-peak times.
A bad pressure regulator. Some houses are equipped with these bell-shaped devices that regulate water pressure. Once in a while, they stop working correctly. Most of the time, the required replacement will alleviate the low water pressure issue.
A leak somewhere in the house. After you check every sink, toilet, and water connection, you may determine that you have no leaks. To be sure, turn all water off, read the meter and leave the house for the day. At the end of the day, read the meter again before turning on any water. If the meter shows any water usage, you probably have a leak hiding somewhere.
Water main valve partially closed. Where the main water line comes into the house, there is a valve to turn off all the water. It may seem silly, but once in a while, it can get accidentally bumped. If the water main valve is turned towards the closed position even a little bit, it will slow the flow of water.
Old pipes. If you have galvanized pipes in your house, deterioration can cause mineral deposits to accumulate. When the mineral deposits build up in the pipes, it can cause blockages and lower your household water pressure.
Once you determine the cause of your low water pressure (or if it turns out to be a puzzle you cannot solve), you may need assistance from a professional to fix the problem. Kew Forest Plumbing contractors NYC are licensed, bonded, insured, and certified to take care of all your plumbing needs including low water pressure issues. For more information or to set up an appointment, contact the low water pressure experts at Kew Forest Plumbing & Heating today.