Low water pressure can be frustrating. It can prevent you from being able to take a relaxing shower or wash your dishes properly. There are several reasons you may be experiencing low water pressure. Here is a brief rundown to help you troubleshoot the problem and determine if you need to hire a plumber.
Minerals and sediment can build up in your pipes and in your plumbing fixtures. Over time, this buildup can block the flow of water in your home. Cleaning the fixtures can sometimes fix this problem. You can find lime, rust and hard water cleaners at your local hardware store that you can use to remove the mineral buildup from your fixtures. If the problem is in your water lines, your plumber will need to flush the lines and find the source of any large blockages in your plumbing system.
Leaky plumbing can be a culprit of low water pressure. If water is escaping the pipes, the proper flow of water can't be achieved. You can check the plumbing underneath your sink for leaks by simply running the faucet while you inspect the pipes, but for leaks located elsewhere in your plumbing system, you may want to hire a professional plumber to run diagnostic testing.
Well Pump Issues
If your water supply comes from a private well instead of a municipal water source, your water well pump may be to blame. Check to make sure the pump has not flipped your breaker, as this means the pump is not powered on to supply water to your home. If you've never had good water pressure in your home, there may be an issue with the water level or the placement of the well pump. Your plumber can inspect the pump to ensure it was placed at the right depth for pumping water, and he or she can also run other diagnostic tests to find any other issues that might be affecting your well water.
If you aren't comfortable with troubleshooting your plumbing on your own, call a licensed plumber from a company like Mike Hensley Plumbing Inc to inspect your home. Having the plumbing system inspected can prevent problems, such as mold growth from leaky pipes, from resulting in extensive repairs. Tell your plumber about any issues you have had with your water supply and about any leaks you suspect, and ask for a detailed report in writing so you know exactly which repairs are needed for your home.