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  • Writer's pictureGilad Ifrach

Why is my water pressure low?

Updated: May 26


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Low water pressure can be caused by a variety of issues. Here are some common reasons and potential solutions:

  1. Clogged Pipes:

  • Cause: Over time, pipes can become clogged with mineral deposits, rust, or debris, reducing water flow.

  • Solution: Have a plumber inspect and clean your pipes or consider pipe replacement if the buildup is severe.

  1. Leaks:

  • Cause: Leaks in your plumbing system can significantly reduce water pressure.

  • Solution: Check for visible leaks or damp spots and listen for dripping sounds. Monitor your water meter for changes when no water is being used. Repair any leaks found.

  1. Faulty Pressure Regulator:

  • Cause: A pressure regulator (if your home has one) controls the water pressure entering your home. If it malfunctions, it can cause low pressure.

  • Solution: Test and, if necessary, replace the pressure regulator.

  1. Municipal Water Supply Issues:

  • Cause: Sometimes, the issue originates from the municipal water supply.

  • Solution: Check with your water supplier to see if there are any known issues or maintenance work being done.

  1. Partially Closed Valves:

  • Cause: Valves controlling water flow to your home or within your home might be partially closed.

  • Solution: Ensure all main and individual shutoff valves are fully open.

  1. Water Softener Problems:

  • Cause: If you have a water softener, it might be causing the pressure drop, especially if it's clogged or malfunctioning.

  • Solution: Check and clean the water softener, and ensure it’s functioning correctly.

  1. Old or Corroded Plumbing:

  • Cause: Older homes may have galvanized steel pipes that corrode over time, leading to restricted water flow.

  • Solution: Replacing old pipes with newer materials like copper or PEX can resolve this issue.

  1. High Demand Periods:

  • Cause: During times of high demand, such as mornings or evenings when many people are using water, pressure can drop.

  • Solution: Schedule water-intensive tasks during off-peak times.

  1. Aerator Blockage:

  • Cause: Faucet aerators can become clogged with sediment and mineral deposits, reducing water flow.

  • Solution: Unscrew the aerator from the faucet and clean it thoroughly.

If you’ve checked these common causes and still experience low water pressure, it may be time to call a professional plumber for a more thorough inspection.

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