Columbus, GA



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6 Causes of Low Water Pressure and How to Fix It

plumber checking for low water pressure

If you’ve ever turned on your faucet and noticed that the water comes out slowly, you might be experiencing a low water pressure issue. This issue can be frustrating, but don’t worry! In this blog, Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air explains six common causes of low water pressure in your plumbing system and how you can fix it.

Causes of Low Water Pressure

1. Clogged Pipes:

One of the most common reasons for low water pressure is clogged pipes. Over time, minerals and debris can build up inside your pipes, restricting the flow of water. This can happen in both old and new plumbing systems. To fix low water pressure caused by clogged pipes, if you know the exact location of the clog, you can purchase a drain snake pipe cleaner at your favorite hardware store, or schedule a service call with a trained Dixie plumber to locate the clog and clean or replace the affected pipes.

2. Leaky Pipes:

Leaky pipes can also lead to low water pressure. When pipes have cracks or holes, water can escape before it reaches your faucets and showers. Check for any visible leaks in your plumbing system and have Dixie repair them promptly. Fixing leaky pipes can help improve your water pressure and prevent wastage.

3. Water Supply Issues:

Sometimes, the issue might not be in your plumbing system but rather a problem with the water supply itself. Municipal water supplies can experience fluctuations in pressure due to high demand or maintenance work. In such cases, there’s not much you can do except wait for the issue to be resolved by your water provider.

4. Faulty Pressure Regulator:

Your plumbing system may have a pressure regulator that controls the water pressure entering your home. If this regulator malfunctions, it can result in low water pressure. For this repair, call Dixie to schedule one of our licensed plumbers to inspect and replace the faulty regulator.

5. Sediment Buildup in Water Heater:

If your hot water pressure is lower than your cold, the culprit might be sediment buildup in your water heater. Sediment can accumulate at the bottom of the tank, reducing the efficiency of your water heater and affecting water pressure. To fix low hot water pressure, you can drain and flush your heater to remove the sediment buildup. If this isn’t a DIY task you want to handle on your own, just call Dixie and it’s done!

6. Fixture Problems:

Sometimes the issue might be isolated to a specific fixture, such as a faucet or showerhead. This can happen if the fixture’s aerator is clogged with debris or mineral deposits. You can easily fix this by removing the aerator and cleaning it. If the problem persists, you might need to replace the fixture. Dixie offers a variety of plumbing fixtures for homeowners in the Montgomery, AL area.

Now that we’ve discussed the common causes, here are some additional tips.

Troubleshooting Your Low Water Pressure

Check for Water Main Shut-Off Valve: Make sure that the water main shut-off valve leading into your home is fully open. Sometimes, this valve can be partially closed, reducing water flow.

Test It: You can use a water pressure gauge to measure the water pressure in your home. The standard for most households is around 40-60 psi (pounds per square inch). If your pressure is significantly lower, you may have an issue that needs attention.

Consult a Professional: If you’ve tried the above fixes and still have problems, it’s a good idea to consult a professional plumber. The skilled plumbers at Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air have the expertise and equipment to diagnose and resolve more complex issues with your plumbing system.

In conclusion, low water pressure can be a frustrating problem, but it’s usually fixable. By understanding the common causes and following the steps mentioned above, you can improve it and enjoy better water flow in your home. 

For a fast and easy fix contact Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air to speak with one of our courteous team members. Remember that regular plumbing maintenance can help prevent future problems in your plumbing system. Dixie can help with that, too!