Common Causes of Low Water Pressure

Aside from clogged drains, low water pressure is one of the most common complaints plumbers hear. It can be bothersome to get shampoo out of your hair or scrub your hands clean if your fixtures have low water pressure. When you call a plumber to check out the problem, he or she will consider the following common causes. 

Aerator Clogs 

Aerators are small devices placed near the tip of a faucet. They consist of a fine mesh screen. The screen breaks up the flow of water into many smaller streams, adding air in between them. The aerator reduces water consumption without interfering with water pressure. However, sometimes the aerator can become clogged, in which case the water pressure will drop. 

Nozzle Clogs 

A nozzle clog is similar to an aerator clog. It’s the likely culprit when the water pressure in your showerhead drops, but every other fixture isn’t affected. You may need to unscrew the showerhead and soak it in a de-scaling solution overnight, such as distilled white vinegar. 

Mineral Deposits 

If the problem isn’t a clogged nozzle or aerator, then the problem may lie in the water line itself. Over time, the line can become clogged up with mineral deposits from the water. A clogged line is most likely the problem if the water pressure is fine when you first turn on the fixture, but then the water pressure drops. 

Pressure Regulator Failure 

Some plumbing systems have a pressure regulator. As the name suggests, the role of this device is to regulate the water pressure within the pipes. A failed pressure regulator will result in either very low or very high water pressure. 

Pipe Leaks 

A leaky pipe probably won’t cause low water pressure unless the leak is severe enough to limit the supply of water that reaches your fixture. In this case, you can probably detect the location of the leak easily. Shut off the water and visually examine your ceilings and walls for water stains, mold, and buckling. 

For all of your plumbing repair needs, you can turn to Ace Plumbing. We offer reliable and professional plumbing services to Sacramento-area homes and businesses. You can reach a friendly staff member at (916) 455-4548.

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