Akron, OH, April 28, 2011 – Low water pressure can make even the simplest tasks difficult and inefficient, from taking a shower to washing the dishes to using a sprinkler system this summer. There are a number of causes that can lead to this frustrating problem. According to Bill Blind, President of Blind & Sons, a local heating, cooling, and plumbing expert, “Sometimes it’s caused by something as straightforward as running two plumbing fixtures at the same time, other times it may be an indication of a more serious problem.”
Blind & Sons lists a number of causes leading to low water pressure in your home.
- Clogs. Over time mineral deposits can form and clog faucet aerators and showerheads. Try removing fixtures that are experiencing low water pressure; rinse off the clogged or corroded screen and parts of the device or replace. For a more thorough cleaning, try soaking faucet aerators and showerheads in a vinegar and water solution to dissolve mineral deposits.
- Corrosion. If your home has older pipes, they may have become corroded, restricting the water flow. Blind states, “In this situation, it’s extremely important to have a professional plumber come out to your house, diagnose and fix the problem.”
- Home elevation. Home water pressure can be affected by the height of a property in relation to other buildings. A home located on the top of a hill may receive reduced water pressure in comparison to a property situated at the foot of the hill. According to Blind, a professional plumber will be able to offer solutions for fixing this problem.
- Main valves. The two main valves on your home need to be turned on the “on” position. One valve is located in the meter box and the other is located near the hose bib, at the front of your home. If by accident they get slightly or completely turned off, you can have a water pressure problem. Check these valves to make sure they are turned “on” the entire way.
- Inadequate municipal water supply pressure. You may have inadequate water pressure coming from the municipal system from which you get your water. Blind says, “This can be an easy fix. Often times we’ll recommend the simple solution of installing a booster pump.”
- Peak usage periods. Most people (along with their neighbors) have the same routine everyday, from taking showers to watering the yard. Due to these high hours of water usage your water pressure may be low. If you find yourself in this situation you may want to alter your schedule a bit.
- Poor hot water pressure. If your hot water pressure is noticeably worse than your cold water pressure, the problem may be due to the sludge build up in your water heater. Water heaters should be drained annually to reduce this build up. Blind states, “A plumber can perform this simple service, which increases efficiency, saves you money in utilities, increases the volume of hot water available and extends the life of your water heater.”
- Pressure regulators. A pressure regulator, a bell-shaped device usually located below the front hose connection of your home, regulates the pressure of water coming into your home. These are typically preset by the manufacturer and shouldn’t need adjustment, however, sometimes a pressure regulator goes bad and needs to be replaced. Blind states, “Make sure to have a professional plumber replace your pressure regulator, doing this incorrectly can lead to even more water flow problems.”
- Recent home changes. Blind states, “If you are having inadequate flow to the entire house, say since adding a new plumbing fixture(s), you may need to increase the size of the main supply pipe from the water meter to the house.”
- Water leaks. “Any damage to a pipe that results in a leak, big or small, will result in lower water pressure,” says Blind. In order to check for a leak Blind recommends that you try reading your water meter before you go to bed at night and then again in the morning before using water. The following are also signs of a leak: low water pressure, high water bills, damp patches on floors and walls, hissing water sounds or abnormal plant growth. Blind says, “Call a plumber if you have a leak and get it fixed immediately!”
Whatever your water problem is, Blind recommends calling a professional plumber to provide you with the appropriate solution. Remember, fixing plumbing problems incorrectly can lead to increased damage and costs.
Blind & Sons, Inc.
Blind & Sons is a family-owned business dedicated to providing total home comfort for their Northeast Ohio neighbors. Based in Barberton, Ohio, they have been in business since opening their doors in 1937. They are a full service company offering heating, cooling, indoor air quality, plumbing and electrical products and services to the communities in Northeast Ohio. For more information, visit their website at www.blindandsons.com.