If you have noticed a sudden drop in water pressure in your home, you might be frustrated and unaware of why you are suddenly without adequate water pressure; or, maybe you have had low water pressure ever since you moved into your home and don't know why. There are a number of things that can cause this, and you should know what these causes are so that you can make some changes and quickly get the strong water pressure you want.
Mineral Deposit Build-Up
Water contains different minerals, and these minerals can build in your faucets and in your showerhead, blocking water flow and causing the water pressure to drop. Mineral deposit build-ups are especially frequent causes of low water pressure if you live in area with very hard water. One of the best ways to determine whether or not your drop in water pressure is due to mineral buildup is to remove the shower head, soak it in vinegar for a few hours, rinse it, reattach it and then turn your shower on. If the water pressure has returned to normal, that is the most likely cause of your low water pressure, and you should clean your faucets to remove the build-up.
If there are leaks in your pipes, this might be the cause of your low water pressure. If your pipes are leaking, it can cause the pressure to drop as the water sent is to your faucet or showerhead through the pipes. If you are only noticing a drop in water pressure in a few select areas of your home, examine the pipes that feed these areas. If you notice that there are breaks or leaks in the pipes, this is most likely the cause.
Water Pressure Reducing Valve
If your whole home suffers from low water pressure and you've had it ever since you moved in, it might be due to a water pressure reducing valve that is installed in your home. These regulators are installed at the main source of the water for your home, and reduce the water pressure as it enters your home. If you notice one of these valves, you can have a plumber remove it or adjust it so you have the level of water pressure that you enjoy.
If you have tried to fix your water pressure and failed, it might be time to call in a plumber. Plumbers will have more experience dealing with low water pressure and might be able to pinpoint the cause that you missed.