Low water pressure can be a real drag on a homeowner. Not only does it make showers almost unbearable, but low water pressure is nearly impossible to diagnose unless you really know what you are looking for. Although you may not be a licensed Carrollton plumber, you can get some tips for what to look for before deciding to call one.
Here are some ways to troubleshoot where your water pressure problem is coming from.
1. Is Your Low-Pressure Temperature-Specific?
If you find that your water pressure is fine when the water is cold but dwindles down significantly once the hot water kicks in, your problem may be temperature related. If your low-pressure stems from hot water usage, point the blame at your hot water heater. If the shut-off valve on your tank is already open and pressure is still low, it is time to call a plumber that specializes in hot water heater repairs.
2. Check Your Water Meter Valve
Most homes have two major shut-off valves that control the pressure of the water on the property. One of these is the water meter valve that can be found on your actual meter. If there have been recent repairs in your home’s plumbing or around the area of your home and you notice a reduction in your pressure, check this valve. If you find that the valve has been shut-off, this can be the source of your problem. If after turning on the valve and nothing improves, continue troubleshooting and call a Carrollton plumber.
3. Does Your Home Plumbing Have a Pressure Regulator?
Most home plumbing systems operate with a pressure regulator. This is a valve that controls the input pressure in your system and ensures that the pressure will not damage your pipes. A failing regulator can have two effects:
- Low-water pressure
- Very high-water pressure that can damage your pipes
If you know that you have one of these regulators in your home and are experiencing any of these problems, it may be time to have your plumbing checked out by a professional plumber.
4. Look for Obvious Water Leaks
One of the easiest ways to locate a water pressure problem is to look for leaks that are pooling around your fixtures. If you begin to notice large puddles around your toilet or sinks, these may be the sources of your problem.
5. Run Your Fixtures
Running your fixtures one at a time is another way to determine if the problem is household-wide or just secluded to one area of the home. This water leak detection test is a great one to perform before your plumber comes in and starts asking about your problem.
Plumbing Dynamics Solves Your Water Pressure Problems
If you have gone through the process of troubleshooting your water pressure problems, then it is time to call in the professionals for efficient plumbing repairs. At Plumbing Dynamics, we have the tools and experience to make sure that your next shower is a well-pressured one. Contact us to schedule an appointment.