Whether you’ve been dealing with it since you moved into your home or it’s only been a problem for the past few hours, having low water pressure is extremely frustrating. It makes the dishwasher work poorly, interrupts your showers, and at its worst it can even prevent you from using pretty much any of the plumbing in your Phoenix home.
What causes low water pressure? How can you fix it and—ideally—prevent it completely? Follow along with the plumbing specialists at AC by J while we tackle this common plumbing problem!
Tired of having weak or low water pressure in your home, or worried that low pressure is going to lead to other troubles? Contact our certified plumbers today!
Before We Get Started
Low water pressure can come as a result of quite the array of plumbing issues, so it’s important to learn how to increase water pressure. But before we delve into the more complex or troublesome ones, be sure to check these:
- Ensure the valve for the fixture you’re trying to operate is open completely
- Be sure that the main water line valve is open
- If the problem is sudden, check for news about complications with the city water supply
These may seem simple, but we’ve had calls where one of these turned out to be the problem. We would rather you catch something simple like this now, instead of you shelling out for a repair call!
The Most Common Causes of Low Water Pressure
The basics of all prevention and troubleshooting lies in finding the source of your problem. For an issue like low water pressure there are actually quite a few potential sources, including:
- Clogged fixtures. Your home plumbing system relies upon a careful balance of pressure in order to operate properly. If the low water pressure only impacts certain sections of the home, a clog might be your cause.
- Pipe leaks. Oftentimes a loss of water pressure can mean a loss of water. Pinholes in pipes, or in more drastic cases outright cracks, can lead to low water pressure.
- Scale and buildup in pipes. Particularly common for homeowners that suffer from the effects of hard water, scale and mineral deposits can lead to your pipes narrowing and constricting healthy water flow.
- Malfunctioning or broken down water heater. Problems with a water heater can cause pressure loss, and often an outright loss of water completely. This is usually easy to spot since the impact will be on your hot water taps alone.
How to Prevent Low Water Pressure
The secret to ensuring none of the above happens is simple: routine maintenance. This is both maintenance on your part, through keeping drains clean, properly using garbage disposals, and minimizing the impacts of hard water, and through professional means—routine plumbing maintenance, pipe leak detection, and drain cleaning.
If you’re one of the unfortunate souls in the Phoenix area that just sort of have poor water pressure, you can also look to adding a pressure booster. This simple appliance uses a pump to add pressure to your lines, increasing flow safely.
Plumbing Services & Low Water Pressure Solutions in Scottsdale & Phoenix, AZ
In need of professional plumbing services to fix your water pressure problems? Contact AC by J today online, or reach out to our plumbing specialists over the phone by dialing 602-266-3678!