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What Causes Low Water Pressure?

Many homeowners have experienced the frustration of low water pressure from their taps. Low water pressure can make simple household activities such as showering or doing the dishes much more difficult and time consuming. Low water pressure is a common household plumbing problem which is fortunately very easy to solve in most cases. So what causes low water pressure? Here are some of the most common culprits as well as some solutions to return your water pressure back to normal from the plumbing professionals at Priority Plumbing.

Debris and Mineral Buildup

Sand, dirt and other debris can enter your pipes when there’s a water main fracture. Even without a fractured water main, mineral deposits can build up from the minerals water leaves behind as it travels through your pipes. As these deposits grow, they can slow down the transportation of water through your pipes, leading to low water pressure and faucets that dribble. If you suspect a buildup of debris or mineral deposit is to blame for your low water pressure, have a professional plumber inspect your pipes. Once a mineral deposit is found, specialized chemicals can be flushed through your plumbing system to clear out any blockages.

Plumbing Leaks

One of the most common causes of low water pressure is a leak in your plumbing system. If there’s a leak or a crack in your pipes, not enough water will be able to reach your faucets to provide a strong level of water pressure when you turn on the tap. To check if you have a leak, shut off all taps both inside and outside your house and record the level of water usage on your meter. Leave the taps untouched for a few hours and read the meter again—if the level of water usage has increased since the first recording, you likely have a leak somewhere. Contact a professional plumber to have the leak fixed immediately to avoid flooding and water damage.

Low water pressure is not only annoying; it can also cause serious damage to your property if left unattended. With the assistance of the professional technicians at Priority Plumbing, you can discover the source of your low water pressure and have it fixed quickly and effectively. For more information about our professional plumbing services and to have your pipes inspect today, contact us now at Priority Plumbing.