Understanding the Causes of Low Water Pressure

Common Causes of Poor Water Pressure

There’s nothing worse than getting in the shower only to find low water pressure. One might pretend nothing is wrong for a few days, hoping the problem will fix itself. However, poor water pressure generally does not resolve itself. Instead, it needs insight from a trained professional.

By understanding the causes of low water pressure, homeowners can understand what measures could fix it. Some of the most common causes of poor water pressure include:

Leaky Pipes and Fixtures

leaksWater escaping the home’s plumbing system due to leaks can cause poor water pressure. The home’s pipes divert water to its destination. When there’s not enough water in the system because of a leak, this can affect how much water ultimately comes out of a faucet or other fixture.

Some causes of leaks include:

  • Corroded pipes
  • Intruding tree roots
  • Old pipes
  • Loose water connectors
  • Broken seals

Small leaks generally do not affect low water pressure in the shower. However, a small leak can become a larger problem over time. It can also lead to higher-than-normal water bills, mold growth, and damaged drywall. To prevent additional damage, homeowners should consult a professional immediately if their homes have a leak.

Severe Clogs and Buildup

Here is how clogs and buildup in a plumbing system can cause poor water pressure:

  • Clogs affect how water flows through the pipes: Clogs can consist of food residue, plant matter, and more that restrict the flow of water, causing low water pressure. One should avoid using chemical drain cleaners to remove clogs. These chemicals can cause irreparable damage to a plumbing system by “eating away” at the home’s pipes.
  • Clogs can lead to leaks: Over time, a clog can cause pressure to build up inside the plumbing system. This can strain a pipe’s material, causing them to burst over time. They can also affect valves and connectors, leading to dangerous leaks and poor water pressure.
  • Buildup: Over time, sediment can build up in the plumbing system. The sediment is usually harmless and is comprised of calcium and other minerals. However, if too much sediment builds up inside a system, this can obstruct the flow of water. In turn, this can lead to poor water pressure throughout the home.

One can prevent these problems from disrupting their home’s plumbing system by keeping up with professional maintenance, including drain cleaning and water heater maintenance.

Compromised Valves and Fixtures

ensure valves are openHere’s what homeowners should know about how fixtures and valves can cause low water pressure:

  • Fixtures refer to anything that uses the home’s plumbing, such as showerheads and faucets. Fixtures rely on functioning pipes, valves, and other materials to work. When a fixture is broken, it can cause low water pressure in that one fixture. So, if one faucet is the only place experiencing poor water pressure, the problem is usually with that faucet alone.
  • Valves allow water flow. When one turns on a faucet, they turn on a valve that allows water to travel through the system. A loose valve can cause leaks and, by extension, poor water pressure. It can also lead to higher-than-average water bills. Non-leaking valves can also cause low water pressure if closed or partially closed. Check the main shutoff valve and the water meter valve to ensure they are fully open.

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