Do you have low water pressure in your shower or other faucets? Is that annoying drip affecting what you are able to do with your time?
You are not alone. Many people around the world suffer from low water pressure and don’t know how they can fix it.
You can learn how to fix low water pressure by following these simple instructions.
How To Fix Low Water Pressure
Materials You’ll Need
- Water pressure regulator
- Water pressure gauge
- PTFE Teflon plumber’s tape (optional)
1. You need to first take a look at what is causing it. If you have a water pressure regulator, take it off and inspect it. If you notice any cracks or tears in the diaphragm or release valves, your water pressure regulator will need to be replaced. This is typically the case if you have low water pressure when all of your faucets are turned on. If it is not the water pressure regulator, you should check out your tankless water heater.
2. Make sure that your home’s plumbing is up to code by inspecting the pipes in your house. If you do notice any cracks or leaks in your pipes, either tighten them with a wrench or contact a plumber to have them fixed for you.
3. If you don’t have any leaks in your home’s plumbing system, check out your shower head. Do you notice any water around the nozzle? That is because it could be clogged with minerals and other debris, preventing the water from spraying at full capacity.
You can clean this by getting a bucket of vinegar and pouring it in the shower head (making sure to remove the rubber stopper first). Once there is a bucket of vinegar in the shower, you need to allow it to soak for about an hour. After that time, take your garden hose and run water through the nozzle until it no longer sprays out any vinegar.
4. Don’t forget about checking on your dishwasher, washing machine and other appliances that use water. A lot of the time low water pressure is due to a clog in a pipe somewhere inside of your home.
5. If you have tried all of these things and still do not have any success, it’s time to call a plumber or another professional. You may need to have major plumbing work done on your home’s structure, which is actually something that a plumber can easily handle.
Fixing low water pressure does not have to break the bank or stress you out, so long as you follow these instructions and give it a shot for yourself.
Tips And Cautions When Fixing Low Water Pressure
1. You should never attempt to open up your water pressure regulator. This can be dangerous and is something that only a certified plumber should do for you.
2. Be careful when working with any of the materials in this article, as some are sharp or hazardous. You may want to wear gloves or safety glasses during the process just to be on the safe side.
3. If you do not know what you are doing, it is important to hire a professional plumber or contractor for this type of work. Low water pressure can be extremely dangerous and cause major leaks in your home’s structure if it is not addressed immediately.
4. Keep in mind that low water pressure could be due to a limescale buildup. If you have low water pressure and a water softener or a dishwasher, try first flushing your plumbing with a garden hose to see if the pressure goes up.
If you follow the steps above, you will be able to learn how to fix low water pressure. Also remember that if none of these things work for you, you need to call in a professional plumber or contractor.