What Can Cause Low Water Pressure at Home?
One of the most annoying plumbing nuances that a homeowner can run into is low water pressure. Typically discovered during the most inconvenient times (i.e., taking a shower), it may seem like an utter mystery as to why it happens in the first place.
If you’re unsure why your home has low water pressure, here are some of the most common reasons why it happens.
Using Too Many Plumbing Fixtures at Once
Sometimes, you’re crunched for time — so you’ll hop in the shower while you have your washing machine and dishwasher running. While it may seem as if these are separate events, think again: this can lead to abnormally low water pressure.
As it turns out, when you have too many plumbing fixtures (and appliances that use water) running at once, it will make it harder for water to be adequately distributed throughout your home. To help resolve this, it’s best to make a conscious effort to have one plumbing fixture (or appliance) in use at a time.
For example: if you’re thinking about taking a shower, consider taking it before or after doing your laundry!
Your Plumbing Pipes are Corroded
If you live in an older home or one that has its plumbing grandfathered in, there’s a strong chance that you have corroded galvanized iron pipes on your hands. When this is the case, corrosion-based debris inside of the pipes will narrow the path water has to travel.
One of the best ways to stop this from happening is to schedule an annual plumbing maintenance appointment with a professional. Your plumbing expert will be able to assess your home’s waterways and will catch any lingering problems in the nick of time, followed by providing you with solutions to fix the problem.
If you feel as if low water pressure is a persistent problem in your living space, you may want to take the plunge and consider opting in for a whole-home repiping. By doing this, you’ll have your home’s current “veins” removed and replaced with newer, sturdier pipework!