There’s nothing worse than getting in the shower just to have the wall slowly drip down on you. However, low water pressure a common problem among homeowners and families. While some individuals may only experience it in the shower, others will notice low water pressure in the bathroom sink, kitchen, washing machine and even outdoor water faucets.
Identify The Problematic Water Line
The first thing you should do is determine how many water lines are affected by low pressure. Go through your home and turn on each of the faucets and make note of which ones have low water pressure. If there’s only one faucet with low pressure, then it’s probably due to a clogged or damaged pipe. On the other hand, if all of the faucets have low water pressure, then it’s a a greater problem at hand.
Where is Your Water Tank?
If your water tank is located in the basement or underneath your house, the faucets will have to pump the water harder which creates less pressure. You can always move your water tank but it’s a pretty serious move that requires the knowledge of a professional.
Use Fewer Faucets Simultaneously
The more faucets you run simultaneously, the less water pressure you’ll have. Have you ever been in the shower when a family member started a load of clothes in the washing machine? Your water pressure drops significantly in the shower. If your family is using multiple faucets at once, try to encourage them to wait until others are done. This is an easy way that will free up loads of water pressure.
Check For Water Leaks
If your home has a crawlspace, get underneath it and inspect the water pipes for cracks or damage. Even a small crack can cost you both money and water pressure. If you notice a crack, you should place some putty over it for a temporary fix and call a professional to come out and replace it. Continuing to use your home’s water with a crack in the pipe will eat up the pressure.
Most homes have pressure regulators which adjust the amount of water pressure coming in. These are bell-shaped devices which builders install when constructing the house. While they’re usually set at max, they do occasionally go bad. If you believe your pressure regulator has gone bad, you should have a professional to check and replace it if needed.