The Causes and Cures For Low Water Pressure

There can be many causes for low water pressure in commercial buildings, and the cure can range from simple point-source fixes to more complex water supply upgrades. The following are some helpful tips to diagnose and fix some of the most common causes of reduced water flow in the home.

Clogged Faucet Aerators

Hard water and debris can cause faucet aerators to become dirty and clogged over time, eventually restricting the flow of water.  By regularly removing and cleaning the faucet aerator screens you can keep the water flowing freely.  Vinegar can be used to dissolve mineral deposits on faucet aerators and showerheads. Simply submerge them overnight to dissolve the mineral deposits.

Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures

If fixtures are equipped with low-flow devices, try swapping them out with a regular fixture to increase the flow of water.

Water Supply Valves

If the water supply valve in your home has recently been shut off, it may not have been returned to the fully opened position. Check to ensure it is fully opened.

Advanced Solutions For Low Water Pressure

If you've checked the techniques above to increase your home's water pressure without success, Maxwell Plumb can help with more problematic water pressure problems.

One solution is a residential water pressure booster. A water pressure booster is a supplementary water pump that works with your building's existing water supply to increase water pressure.

Hidden Water Leaks

Maxwell Plumb can also help find more serious sources of low water pressure. If you have a water pipe that is leaking, it will affect the water pressure in your house significantly– and increase your water bill. Try turning off the water supply both inside and outside the building, then check the water meter. Check the water meter once more a couple of hours later to determine if the water usage has increased. If so, you probably have a leak that needs to be located and repaired.

Water Supply Main Pipe

Another option is to increase the size of the main pipe supplying water to your house. See if you can determine what type of water pipes you have in the building and running to your water meter. Pipe size is an important factor in the amount of water pressure you'll get in your building. The larger the pipes, the more the water pressure, so you may want to consider increasing the size of the main pipe servicing your house.
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