Low water pressure in faucets and showers has become a daily routine nowadays. There’s nothing more annoying than spending twice the usual time washing dishes, especially in this fast-paced life where consumers want one-click solutions for most things.

Hiring a plumber isn’t always financially viable

But what’s more interesting is that many households bear with this nuisance indefinitely because they’re unaware of ‘how to fix’ this simple plumbing problem. Plus, it might not be financially feasible for many to hire a plumber as the charges can often be on the high end for a job like this.

Find the root of the problem rather than making a temporary fix

The majority of do-it-yourself guides for this sort of water pressure issue concentrate on fixing the faucet and internal pipes. However, the approach this article takes is quite different – we seek to find the root of the problem rather than making a temporary fix.

Confirm that yours is the only house affected

Firstly, you need to confirm that yours is the only house affected by this issue. If you live in an apartment, it would be better to ask those living on top of you if they are having a similar problem in the same bathroom/kitchen area where your problem exists.

If someone not associated with your property shares this problem with you, then you know the problem lies somewhere outside… and I would strongly recommend you call find a plumber as this is a matter for the whole neighbourhood.

Sometimes, it may be outside the control of a plumber as water pressure can be affected on a city-wide scale.

Check the hose bib water pressure

Also, go outside and see if the water pressure at the hose bib is satisfactory (or not). If you observe that the water pressure level there is almost perfect, then you need to locate the problem inside your house.

In case you are experiencing slow water flow just on sink faucets, try to open them up a bit and see if the screens have anything clogged inside that may be hindering the flow of water.

However, if you face the low water pressure problem in all taps, the problem may be located elsewhere.

Check to see if the shut-off valve is fully opened

Go check if the shut-off valve is fully opened or not; occasionally, we open the valves but don’t remember to open them completely. The system installed near the shut-off valve can vary from one household to another. So, whatever system you have, just ensure it is operating as it is meant to operate.

One more thing to note is that water lines coming from the municipal supply are larger and have a greater diameter. Lines that go from your house to the main municipal lines have smaller diameters. When water travels through all these lines, it experiences a lot of friction from the walls of the pipes.

It could be that a very small length of pipe installed from your home to the next line, is causing excess friction and thus slowing the overall flow of water. It could also be that ‘all lines inside your house have a very small diameter’, which would automatically lessen the water pressure. And even if something small in size gets trapped inside one of those lines, it’s going to virtually put an end to the water supply.

While these sorts of problems would call for an expert plumber, you can take note of this if you ever design or build a new home.

NB: Always take care that you use ¾-inch pipes rather than ½-inch ones. And if you are choosing a new house to shift into, then take care to check the water flow in the lines before you decide to move.

Plumbing problems other than low water pressure? Read more information, how-to guides, etc. from Scott Rodgers, the master plumber, at http://eLocalPlumbers.com.

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