We’ve all experienced issues with clog drains and old underground pipes that need replacing. But now you are noticing that something’s wrong with the water coming out of your faucets and showerhead. You are no longer receiving adequate water pressure, which can be very concerning because you are not exactly sure what’s causing the issue.
When you factor in running the dishwasher, flushing the toilets, and showering, the average American household uses over 300 gallons of water in a day. We sometimes take for granted how important it is to have reliable access to a clean and healthy supply of water. When we experience a decrease in water pressure, most of us don’t know where to begin to determine what’s causing it. However, there are ways in which you can diagnose the problem.
Here are several diagnostic procedures you can undergo by yourself:
- High Demand on Your Water Supply: Using more than one plumbing fixture at the same time can create too much demand on your home water supply, thus lowering your water pressure. You may require a little extra coordination from the other people in your household if you want optimal water pressure at all times.
- Faulty Plumbing: The plumbing fixtures in your home, whether it be your showerhead or dishwasher, can become defective over time. In many cases, you can clean everything out and that should solve the issue, but there’s also a chance that you may need to replace the fixture entirely.
- Broken Pressure Regulator: The regulators are responsible for stabilizing the water pressure throughout your home. You can always adjust your water pressure according to your desired range. When the regulator stops working, then your water pressure can go extremely high or low.
- Closed Valves: There valves inside your home that will shut off your water supply altogether. If you discover that one of these valves isn’t fully open, then it can limit the water pressure throughout your home.
- Clogged Pipes: Usually a clogged pipe occurs in your drain or sewer lines, but your main water line is also susceptible to clogs. When the flow of incoming water is disrupted, then this can affect your water pressure throughout your entire home.
- Old and Corroded Plumbing: You can easily repair a clog by removing the waste material that is accumulating inside it or you can replace the affected sections of your pipes. However, once your entire system becomes corroded, then you will notice a decline in your water pressure.
Some of these issues you can certainly repair on your own and if that’s what you want to do, then we recommend that you thoroughly research the ways in which you can fix them. That being said, it will make your life a lot easier to call a professional and have them take a good look at your home plumbing system.