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Rinsing your dishes or showering after a long day of work is many times better when the water pressure is just right. You would be rightfully frustrated if your water pressure is low and it feels like water is barely dripping from the faucets or showerhead. While the cause of low water pressure can be rooted in your plumbing system, poor water pressure does not always mean you have to call a plumber. Granted, if you do need a local plumber, you can always rely on Mr. Rooter Plumbing. Continue reading to learn about some reasons your home might have low water pressure. If you need a plumber’s assistance, then call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to get in touch with a live representative any time.
Main Shutoff Valve
The main shutoff valve is the gateway for water entering your property. If the valve is only partially opened, your plumbing fixtures will only be getting a limited supply of water. Locate your main shutoff valve. It can be found in the basement or on the outside wall of a utility area. Make sure that the valve is fully opened. If not, then give the handle a turn.
Water Meter Valve
Similar to the main shutoff valve, the water meter valve controls the water supply to your building. However, the water meter valve belongs to the city and you should not tamper with it before contacting your local water department. If the water meter valve’s handle is not parallel with the supply line, then contact your local water department and seek advice on what to do about your low water pressure.
Hot Water Heater
It might be surprising, but your water heater can affect the water pressure of both your cold water and hot water. There are two things to check. Low water pressure can be caused by a buildup of sediment in the tank. Remember to flush out the tank once a year to prevent such a buildup. Secondly, check the water heater valve. Make sure it is open.
Water supply lines can clog just like drains can clog. The reason for clogs varies from frozen water to mineral buildup. Proper insulation and water softeners, respectively, can help with these problems. In any case, a blockage in the pipes will obviously restrict the flow of water, lowering your water pressure. It can also be that your pipes are corroded. If your water tastes awfully funky, then call an experienced plumber to have your pipes inspected.
All else equal, low water supply means low water pressure. Simple, right? So, if there are leaks in your plumbing system, then you will experience low water pressure as only a fraction of the water supply has a chance to make it out of the faucets and showerheads. Check around the house for indications of a leak. These include mold, mildew, water stains, and puddles of water.
Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing
If you prefer to leave the work to a professional plumber, then call Mr. Rooter Plumbing any time to speak with a live representative. You can either request an emergency dispatch or schedule a flexible appointment.