Low water pressure can be a frustrating problem to encounter in your home. There are several reasons you could be experiencing low water pressure, and finding the root of the problem can prove to be difficult. It could be as easy as cleaning your aerator or as frustrating as replacing the galvanized pipes in your home. No matter the problem, our Savannah plumbers are here to provide support and help wherever you may need it!
Find the source of your low water pressure.
If you’ve noticed low water pressure in one of the faucets in your home, it’s important to find the source of the problem. Check the water pressure of all of the faucets in your home. Don’t forget sinks in your basement, outdoor faucets, and hose hookups. There are different types of water pressure and these difference locations can provide the information you need to determine the location of the true issue. It’s also important to run both hot and cold water. If the water pressure is only low when you run hot water, the most likely culprit is your hot water heater.
Clean or replace your aerator.
If the problem is isolated to one of two locations in your home, it is likely that an aerator needs to be cleaned or replaced. To check, remove the end of your faucet. Check to see if there is any buildup or debris that could be causing the obstruction. If you notice that it does need to be cleaned, soak the aerator in a water-vinegar solution. That should do the trick. If you reattach it, however, and notice that the problem persists, you might need to purchase a new aerator. Luckily, they are an inexpensive piece of equipment to replace!
Replace your galvanized water pipe.
If your house is older than 60 years, it might be time to replace your galvanized pipe. Galvanized pipes are pipes that have been dipped in a coating of zinc. This was done in an effort to prevent corrosion and rust. These are common in older holmes and despite the attempt to prevent corrosion, years of exposure to water make it occur anyway and your water pressure lowers.
Low water pressure can be certainly be a headache. There’s not necessarily one simple way to prevent it or even find the root of the problem. If you find yourself encountering low water pressure, don’t panic! It is a very common issue and we would love to help. Our plumbing services in Savannah are available for your peace of mind if this problem occurs in your home. If you are interested in more of our plumbing hacks and services, please give us a call at (912) 373-7707.