When you turn on your faucet, there should be a steady stream of water coming out. If you have low water pressure, you’ll notice that there’s less water pouring from your faucet than there used to be. Identifying the root cause will greatly help in managing the problem. If you don’t determine and fix the main cause, it is highly possible that you will experience the same issue over again. If worse comes to worst, recurrent low water pressure could result in structural damage to the home.
Here are some possible reasons for having water pressure that’s lower than normal.
Wreckage in Your Pipes
Mineral buildup from water can form blockages inside your pipes. When water can’t flow easily through your pipes, you can expect to have less of it coming out of your fixtures. Faucets and shower heads might have a low flow, and your washing machine and dishwasher might end up having longer cycles.
Having a leak from a plumbing fixture in your home or from pipes inside the walls can result in low water pressure. If you don’t see any visible leaks in your home, such as around toilets or sinks, check your water meter to see if it’s higher than usual. If you do have a leak, it’s important to have it professionally repaired in order to prevent water damage or mold growth.
Rust in Your Pipes
Steel pipes can develop rust over the years. If this occurs, water can’t move through your pipes as easily. This will lead to a drop in your water pressure. If your pipes are rusty, you might need to have them replaced with new ones, which should improve water pressure.
Problems with the Municipal Water Supply
Having water pressure that’s lower than normal might be due to problems with your town or city’s water supply. Contact your local water company to report a decrease in your water pressure. If you have determined that this drop isn’t caused by anything in your own home, the water supply company will need to make repairs on their end.