How To Troubleshoot Low Water Pressure Problems

How To Troubleshoot Low Water Pressure Problems

Water pressure changes can quickly ruin a good day. It means that you can’t relax your muscles under a nice shower, and the garden hose doesn’t have enough pressure to water everything adequately. Instead of just living with it and finding workarounds, here are some ways you can try to get to the bottom of the issue. 

Check for Clogs

Sometimes pipes get clogged, and that is why the pressure goes down. Minerals can build up in the pipes, and if left for too long, they can almost entirely block the pipe. First, address the plumbing fixtures. Tie a small bag filled with vinegar around the fixture, making sure it is completely submerged in the vinegar. After letting it sit overnight, and recheck the water flow. If the pressure is still low, you might have a clog in the pipes.

To address the clogs in the pipes, you can pour enzyme treatments into the pipes. This might not be as easy with some pipes as it is with others. If your pipes are basically closed off, you’ll have to contact a plumber to replace them. 

Check the Pressure

One of the quickest ways to check if your home is suffering from low water pressure is to get a pressure gauge and check it. A water pressure instrumentation Dallas TX tool can be purchased at most home repair stores. Before using the water pressure gauge, make sure that all appliances that use water in your home are turned off. Additionally, ensure that your main water shut-off valve is completely open. 

Attach the pressure gauge to an outside hose spigot and turn the water on all the way. The gauge should give you an immediate reading. An ideal reading is between 45 to 55 psi. However, if you’re getting your water from a well, it could run as low as 30 and be normal. If you are on city water and find that it’s under 45 psi, let the city know there are problems. 

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