If you have been turning on your faucet or shower and notice that the water pressure is not what it used to, it is time to troubleshoot the problem. It is possible that the problem is minor and can be easily fixed. Here are some common reasons why you are having water pressure problems.
Look for Sediment Build-up
If you have poor water pressure, it might be due to the build-up of sediment in the water heater. This tends to happen gradually over time, but if you haven't had your water heater maintained in a while, you might not realize it is occurring. If sediment build-up occurs, it can cause debris to leak into the hot water line, which then slows down the pressure of water since it backs up the water line. The best remedy for this problem is to have the hot water heater drained. It will also need to be flushed so it can be cleaned out properly. This is best left to a plumber (such as one from Garrett Plumbing).
See if the Faucet Needs Repairs
Low water pressure in your home might also be more of a localized problem, as opposed to being part of a bigger problem like the water heater. When you have low water pressure, the first thing you should do is go around your home and try all the faucets and showerheads. If you notice that the pressure is in just one room or with one plumbing fixture, you have already narrowed down the problem. For example, if you only get low water pressure in an upstairs bathroom, it must be due to the plumbing in that bathroom. If it is with just one faucet, it might need to be tightened or replaced. There could also be debris and build-up in the faucet that is slowing down the water flow.
Find Out if the Shutoff Valves Are Defective
You might also be experiencing water pressure issues if the shutoff valves are defective. The shutoff valves help to shut the water off, but if they get wear and tear, crack or get clogged with debris, it can have a negative effect on the water pressure. There are multiple valves that help shut off different areas of the home's water supply. They should be connected to the front of your water lines, so that is a good place to look. They usually only cause issues with the hot water since they are attached to the hot water lines.