Having a low water pressure can prove to be a hassle for any homeowner: your shower tends to be unsatisfying because of the pathetic droplets of water, doing the laundry takes forever, cleaning the dishes becomes an even greater chore, etc. These are just a few inconveniences that are caused by having a low water pressure. Fortunately you can increase it with the help of these tips!
Check All the Plumbing Fixtures First
Before anything else, you definitely need to check if all your plumbing fixtures are affected by low water pressure or not. If you noticed that only one of the appliances has a weak pressure then the problem might be with the appliance. However, if almost all of your plumbing fixtures have a low water pressure then the issue lies within the plumbing system of your house.
For some fixtures that have a low water pressure, it only needs a quick fix to be fully operational again. For faucets, you may only need to clean up the aerator. The low water flow may be caused by the mineral build-up or degraded metallic particles. Depending on the brand and model of your aerator, it can be easily removed or you may need to unscrew it with some tools. For certain faucets, manufacturers prepared instruction manuals on how to remove the aerator and clean it off. To keep the aerator from damage and scratches, cover it with a clean cloth before pulling it out of the faucet. The same thing could be applied to other plumbing appliances.
Check the Pipes
Old pipes can also be the cause of the slow water pressure, especially galvanised pipes. The corrosion and age factor can cause the linings of the pipes to breakdown. The materials and debris that are detached can gather up and cause blockage to the pipes. Removing the old pipes and replacing it with new and improved ones will certainly increase the water pressure in your household. When purchasing new pipes, make sure the size fits perfectly with the entirety of your plumbing system. A plumber can help you in choosing the right pipe replacement.
Adjust the Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV)
Before you try adjusting the pressure reducing valve, be warned that increasing too much of the water pressure may cause damage to your plumbing fixtures and system. It’s best not to go overboard and just go with a decent or satisfactory pressure. The valve is characterised with its bell shape appearance. With most valve models, the knob can be located above the PRV and can be turned clockwise in order to increase water surge.
Examine Water Heater System
Sometimes the problem can be found with the water heating system. The tank might have sediments and debris build-up that obstructs the pipe of your shower, kitchen, and other plumbing appliances. Another possibility is that the pipes of the water heater are too small for the water to smoothly flow. Lastly, check if there are any leaks with the tank. Contact your local plumber to examine the tank and repair it.