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3 Areas to Assess Low Water Pressure in Your Home

You've come from a hard day at work and the only thing on your mind is a nice, hot shower before settling in for a relaxing evening. Rather than the stress relieving shower you were anticipating, it turns out to be little more than a trickling waterfall. Low water pressure is the likely culprit. Check these areas to troubleshoot your water pressure woes.

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Water Meter and Main Shut-Off Valve

The water meter can tell if the delivered water volume is high enough. The water meter is typically only handled by utility workers in your city, but if you've recently had work done on your home, this is a place you'll want to see if numbers are low.

The water main valve is one of the two main shut-off locations helping to deliver water to your home and should be completely open. You can find the valve typically on the outside wall of the home or in an indoor utility area if your home is located in a cooler climate. If the main shut-off valve is not completely open, this could be the culprit for experiencing low water pressure. This is most likely to happen if you have recently had repairs completed on your home. The water valve is typically in the home near where the water heater is located.

Pressure Regulator

If you've checked the water meter and main shut-off valve and the problem persists, the issue may be a pressure regulator not working properly. Not all homes are equipped with a pressure regulator, but for those that have this control valve, homeowners may experience a decrease in water pressure when the system fails.

Plumbing System Issues

If you have an older home, your plumbing pipes may be corroded and unable to allow water to flow properly into your home.

You will typically not experience a sudden drop in water pressure, but rather a gradual declining over time. In this case, unfortunately, the entire plumbing system will likely require replacement. You will want to engage a professional plumber for this major repair. If the repairs become too major, you may need permits from your municipality to proceed.

Low water pressure can be something as simple as making sure that proper valves are completely open to an entire overhaul of your plumbing system. If you have any questions about assessing low water pressure in your home or you would like to learn more about our services, please feel free to contact us today.

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