Are water pressure problems making daily life difficult in your home? If so, it’s good to know that you don’t have to put up with insufficient pressure, as there are viable solutions for these types of problems. In fact, some are simple fixes that you can tackle yourself. Here’s a look at some of the most common reasons behind household water pressure issues, and advice on how to get your particular problem solved.
Reduced Pressure at Some Fixtures
If the pressure has gradually declined at specific fixtures, a mineral scale accumulation in the faucet aerator or showerhead nozzle is the likely culprit. This is a fairly easy problem to fix on your own. Just remove the problematic showerhead nozzle or faucet aerator and soak it overnight in a 50/50 water and vinegar solution. If this dissolves the buildup, rinse the part off and reinstall it. If not, simply replace the showerhead or aerator.
Low Pressure Throughout Your Home
Poor pressure at every fixture in your home may be due to a partially-closed main water valve, so make sure yours is completely open. If the pressure problem persists, it’s time to call in a plumber to get a professional evaluation. The cause may turn out to be a repairable leak in the main water line, or low pressure on the flow entering your home that installing a pressure booster can correct. Other potential causes are a malfunctioning reducing valve on your system, or a severe corrosion buildup inside your aging galvanized pipes.
Inadequate Hot Water Pressure
If the hot water flow has less pressure, but at all your fixtures, the water heater tank may be clogged up with sediment. If you haven’t had the tank flushed in recent memory, the sediment that forms during the heating process may be clogging the attached water pipes, drain valve and T&P safety valve. Clogs like this can create a safety risk, so it’s best to get the appliance checked over and serviced by an experienced plumber.
For expert help solving water pressure problems in your Monmouth County home, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.
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