Low water pressure is one of those things that homeowners tend to ignore despite how annoying it can be. When you take a shower and the water flow is merely adequate, or when you’re trying to scrub some dirty dishes with a weak water flow from the kitchen faucet, it’s a hassle but the assumption is that it’s not enough to warrant a service call.
We understand that you’ve got many other priorities as a homeowner, especially this time of year. But we want to give you the little nudge you need to schedule an appointment with one of our plumbers in Tampa, FL. We’ll pinpoint the cause of your low water pressure and get it taken care of. Let’s go over some common causes of low water pressure that are affecting multiple fixtures in your home.
Problems With the Municipal Water System
Low water pressure can be caused by the municipal water system. If your neighbors are experiencing the same issue, check your water supply company’s website or social media to see if any maintenance or emergency repairs are being conducted. Call the utility company if the problem persists in your neighborhood.
Faulty Pressure-Reducing Valve
A pressure-reducing valve (PRV) is designed to slow down the pressure of water flowing into your home. These devices are installed on the main water line next to the shut-off valve. However, if the PRV is improperly adjusted or has failed entirely, this can result in low water pressure or no water pressure at all and requires a licensed plumber to replace it.
A common cause of low water pressure is a leak somewhere in the plumbing system. Even minor leaks can affect your home’s water pressure. This occurs because water is draining from the leak instead of reaching all your fixtures. Undetected leaks not only take a toll on your home’s water pressure, but they can also damage your home in the process. If you see water stains or signs of discoloration on floors or walls, you may have a water leak and should call us right away for leak detection service.
Water Heater Trouble
If the low water pressure affects only the hot water in your house, the likely culprit is your home’s water heater. Check to see if the water heater’s valve is partially shut. If you’ve determined it’s open and is still experiencing low water pressure, you’ll need a plumbing professional to examine the water heater and have it repaired.
Debris Buildup in Pipes
Another possible reason for low water pressure is the accumulation of minerals, dirt, and debris in your pipes. These can impede or partially block the flow of water. With less space for the water to travel through, the result is low water pressure. We have the skill and expertise that are required to flush these impediments from your plumbing system.
Don’t put up with low water pressure any longer. Contact Bayonet Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll fix it and any other plumbing problems you might have.