Have you noticed that your sink isn’t giving that same strong stream of water that it used to? Or maybe your bathtub is taking a suspiciously long time to fill up. Well, you could be dealing with decreased water pressure. Decreased water pressure can be caused by a few different things and at Mr. Plumber DFW, we’re here to help you out.
Read below for common causes of low water pressure and what you can do about them!
What Is Causing Low Water Pressure?
Water pressure is measured in pounds per square inch and low water pressure is any reading that is less than 40 pounds per square inch (PSI). And, fixing your water pressure means figuring out where the problem is coming from and as it turns out, it could be a few different things.
Closed Shut-Off Valve
If you are experiencing low water pressure throughout your entire home, it’s a great idea to first check your main shut-off valve near your water meter. This valve may be in your basement, crawl space or outside near your driveway. A shut-off valve controls how much water flows into your home, so make sure it is not partially closed.
If you have trouble locating your shut-off valve, contact a Mr. Plumber DFW technician and we’ll be glad to help you find it!
Old Steel Water Pipes
If you have an older home, your low water pressure may be caused by galvanized pipes, which are steel pipes dipped in a protective coating of zinc. These pipes were all the rage in home construction decades ago but can cause problems as the protective coating corrodes and rusts over time. Pipe corrosion will limit the amount of water flowing into your home, causing low water pressure.
Old galvanized pipes can also cause other issues for your home like:
- Rust and lead particles in water
- Decreased water heater efficiency
- Pipes bursting from blockages
Failing Pressure Regulator
If you notice a very sudden decrease in water pressure, it may be caused by a failing pressure regulator. Not all homes have pressure regulators but if you do, it will be located next to your shut-off valve. Also, if you suspect a failing pressure regulator, you’ll want to get in contact with a professional at Mr. Plumber DFW to repair or replace it.
Sometimes plumbing issues can be as simple as leaky pipes. Pipe seals wear out over time with use and disuse. So, if you can locate a leaky pipe, epoxy putty or pipe putty can be a good temporary fix until you can call in a professional.
Local Water Supply
Reach out to your neighbors and find out if they are experiencing water pressure issues too. If this is the case, the problem may be with your local water supply. You can call your local water company and see if they’re aware of the issue.
Call Mr. Plumber DFW For A Water Pressure Adjustment
We know how important it is to get your water pressure back to firing on all cylinders. Mr. Plumber DFW has proudly served the Dallas/Fort Worth area for years and our technicians are licensed professionals ready and eager to fix any plumbing issues you encounter.
Contact us today to schedule a water pressure adjustment!