Low Water Pressure
If you have low water pressure in your home, you’re probably experiencing a lot of frustration. Perhaps a cycle on your washing machine or dishwasher takes a lot longer than it used to. Maybe your shower produces only a trickle. Or perhaps your kitchen faucet doesn’t fill up pitchers and pots nearly fast enough. These are the signs that may indicate you have low water pressure.
Reasons for Low Water Pressure
Are you new to your neighborhood? If you’re having the problems described above, check with your neighbors to see if the problem is showing up in other homes. If it’s a problem in your area, we can install a booster on your main water line to increase the water pressure in your whole home.
If your neighbors aren’t experiencing the same problem as you, you may have a valve issue. Our technicians can determine whether you have a pressure reducing valve on your system. We can adjust the valve to provide a more satisfactory water pressure.
Another common source of low water pressure is a leak in your main line. If you see water leaking where the water main meets the city supply lines, or you see water in your basement or garage, call us to get your leak fixed.
Clogged Fixtures and Plumbing Lines
Sometimes certain fixtures are the problem. Maybe one bathroom sink has low pressure, but the sinks in the rest of the house are fine. In this case, you probably have a clog in the aerator on the nozzle. You can easily unscrew it and rinse off the buildup. You can clean the screen by soaking it in vinegar and baking soda, or you can buy a replacement. This cleaning process also works for clogged shower heads (or you can buy replacement heads).
With the aerator off, check the water pressure again. If it’s still low, your aerator probably isn’t the problem. Make sure that the supply valve is fully open. If the pressure is still low, the line to the sink may have a clog. In this case, it’s wise to call us at Wilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. for a repair.
Hot Water Issues
If you only have low water pressure when you turn on hot water, you have a problem with your water heater. Over time, mineral deposits build up in your water heater and cause issues. We can handle them for you by repairing or replacing your water heater.
Solutions for Low Water Pressure
Over time, sediment and mineral deposits can build up in your pipes. The pipes themselves can corrode and cause blockage. This is especially likely in homes that are over 20 years old.
We can inspect a small section of your pipes and estimate the impact on your entire home’s plumbing system. We may recommend repiping if the problem is widespread.
If the problem is limited to a single area, we can replace the pipes, joints, and valves to get the water flowing properly again. We can perform simple tests that pinpoint leaks so we can fix them quickly.
Sometimes, the problem exists in the city water supply. Whether you live in the Cleveland, Canton, or Akron areas, we can help you assess whether the city supply is the reason for your plumbing issue, and we will help you resolve it.
Don’t let your low water pressure frustrate you for even one more day. Call the experts at Wilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. for an evaluation.