2 Things To Check When You Have Low Water Pressure

When you don't have enough water pressure, there are a lot of bad things that can happen. The simplest is that you aren't able to shower or wash dishes because you just don't have enough water pressure to have water running through the pipes. A worst-case scenario is that you end up with a backflow situation and raw sewage ends up running back into your house. If you do have issues with low pressure, there are some things that you can do to troubleshoot the issue before you call out a plumber to have them work on it. 

Water Softener Filter

If you have a whole house water softener or you filter all the water coming into your house, you need to check the filter. As the filter stops things from going into your plumbing system, it is going to start to get all gunked up. As that gunk adds up, it will make it harder for the same amount of water to make it through the filter. Over time, that filter will stop most of the water from making it into your plumbing, drastically lowering your water pressure. You can change out the filter and see if that brings your water pressure back. It should happen pretty quickly after you change the filter. 

Leaks

Another thing that could cause water pressure issues is a leak somewhere in the system. If you notice that you have a low-pressure issue with one faucet or in one room, you should go through and check out all your faucets. If only one faucet or room has low water pressure, that can show that there is a leak in between the water coming into your house and that particular faucet. If you have problems with all your faucets, then you probably have a problem with a leak at the start of your system. One way that you can find out if you have a leak in your system is to go walk the incoming water line from your well or water meter to your house. If you notice any spongy soil or areas that have a lot of grass growth, that can show you have a leak there. 

If you have low water pressure, you should call a plumber to have them come to repair the issue. If you can pin down some of the things that aren't the cause, then it will make the plumber's job easier. 


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