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Low Water Pressure? How to Fix It

Low Water Pressure In Shower

If the stream of water coming out of the faucets and showers in your Autaugaville, Alabama, home is too weak, it’s usually due to low water pressure. If this only happens with your shower head, kitchen faucet or washing machine, the problem is more likely with that fixture. However, if you’re experiencing low water pressure throughout your home, it’s likely due to one of the following issues:

Water Leaks

Leaking water pipes cause low water pressure. But it’s often difficult to detect the exact spot of the leak yourself.

A common method of finding the leak is to shut off all the valves and see whether your water meter still runs. If the leak is larger, you may hear a humming sound from the pipes. Look around the valves and drain pipes for leakage. Check the walls for moisture and for water marks near where the pipes connect. Plumbing professionals use an electronic leak detection system to locate the leakage.

Faulty Pressure Regulators

A pressure regulator is a bell-shaped device used to reduce the water pressure to a safe level. If your plumbing system uses a pressure regulator, you’ll usually find it near the main connection.

A faulty pressure regulator can either increase or decrease the water pressure. As a result, you’ll know the effect with all fixtures in your home.

Blockage In the Waterline

Over time, mineral deposits, algae, and other debris can clog pipes and decrease water pressure. Old iron pipes are prone to rusting, which may block the waterline. Sometimes plastic pipes may disintegrate into pieces and plug the fixtures.

Take off the faucet and shower heads, and see whether the water flow improves without them. If it does, cleaning or replacing the heads will solve the problem. If it doesn’t, calling a professional plumber is your best bet for resolving the issue.

Are you frustrated with the low water pressure in your home? Let the plumbing experts at Air Conditioning by Luquire fix it for you. Call 334-230-5870 to schedule an appointment.

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