Low water pressure is only a minor inconvenience. It can make washing your hair take a little longer, and it can make washing your dishes a little bit tougher, among plenty of other little things. Those minor annoyances do add up, and it’s all completely avoidable.

There are several issues that could be the cause of low water pressure. Some of the causes could be home valves, water leaks, or mineral deposit build-up. Taking care of these problems will alleviate your low water pressure problem, and may even come with the extra benefit of increasing your home’s energy efficiency.

You can start by simply double-checking your home valves. If your main water valve is not completely turned on, it will affect the water flow throughout your entire home. Next, check your faucets and shower heads. Mineral deposit build-ups will, of course, block the water’s path, and a simple cleaning will help immensely. If you think there is a mineral deposit build-up within the pipe, you will need to call a professional plumber to assess the situation.

The next steps are a little more intensive. If your valve is completely turned on and you’ve cleaned out your faucets and showerheads and haven’t noticed a difference, you may want to check for water leaks. If there are no visible damage or leaks, you can double-check by turning off the water valve in your home and mark down the meter reading showing on your water meter. Check back in two hours, and if the water usage has increased, you have a leak.

If there is a leak, or if you’re still unsure of what’s causing low water pressure, it’s time to call Blind & Sons. You don’t have to live with low water pressure because it seems like a minor issue. The experts at Blind & Sons will be able to pinpoint the issue and provide you with your best options.

Sources: Plumbing Q&A, Benjamin Franklin