We usually first start to notice low water pressure with our showerheads. But the problem may have been going on for longer than you realized. Low water pressure can impact all areas of your home in subtle, yet still costly ways—from a struggling hot water heater to washing machines that take longer and longer to finish a cycle. Figuring out the root cause can help you get things back on track.
Why Is My Water Pressure So Low?
There are a handful of reasons why you might have low water pressure. Some are easier to fix than others, but no matter the issue, you’ll still want to deal with it sooner rather than later. Low water pressure makes your water-using appliances inefficient and can waste a lot of money. (Plus, it’s just plain frustrating to miss out on a good shower!)
1. Home Pressure Regulator
The best way to keep an eye on your water pressure—before it starts to slide—is to have a home water pressure regulator. After all, high water pressure can be just as bad as having low water pressure. It wrecks with your pipes and plumbing fixtures, and might even lead to loud “water hammer” noises throughout your house.
Pressure regulators get installed on your home’s main water supply. They work to control pressure spikes and the overall flow of your tap water. So if you have a water pressure regulator and you’re dealing with low flow, that little device might be the problem. There’s a chance it’s broken or that it isn’t set correctly for your family’s water usage.
2. Water Valve Checks
When your home is connected to city tap water, there are also two water supply valves to check. The first will be your main shut-off valve, and the other will be located at your water meter. Your home’s water valve needs to be fully open to keep things at the right pressure. If you suspect the water meter valve on your street is to blame, then you’ll need to contact your municipality. Sometimes these valves can have issues after utility work.
3. Clogged Fixtures and Pipes
Then again, the problem might be with your water itself. If your area struggles with hard water, then there’s a strong chance that your low pressure is due to mineral buildup. Check your shower-heads first. Do you see any crusty deposits? What about on your sink faucets—do the aerators look clogged? You could put a little elbow grease to work and clean your fixtures. But you might need to replace them altogether if things are really bad.
Unfortunately, hard water can be even worse on your pipes and plumbing. The hard water minerals can stick and slowly build on top of each other over time, restricting the diameter of your plumbing. In that case, you may need to call a plumber to help diagnose the situation.
4. Low Well Water Pressure
On the chance that your home uses well water, you may need to address the sediment in your source water. It could be time to clean or replace the filter screen for your well water treatment process. That, or the drop in water pressure could have something to do with a change in the weather. Your own aquifer might be going dry, so it might be a good idea to check whether you need to make it deeper.
5. Hot Water Problems
If none of those explanations seem to be panning out, then you may need to take a closer look at your water heater—especially if it’s your hot water that has lower pressure. Your unit may not be able to keep up with your home’s hot water demands because it’s getting old. There could also be mineral deposits inside the tank that are lowering its efficiency.
When that happens, making the switch to soft water is the way to go. Extending the lifespan of your water-using appliances can save you a good chunk of money year after year. It’s also better for the plumbing all throughout your home.
Get Better Water Pressure with Soft Water!
Homes that have water softeners tend to be more energy-efficient because soft water works better with appliances. Plus, it’s just more enjoyable. From better hot showers to softer laundry, soft water doesn’t have the minerals that mess with your plumbing and fixtures. You’ll spend less time cleaning because the softener removes the hard water minerals before they ever have the chance to make their way throughout your home.There are lots of factors to consider when trying to find the right water softener for your family. To start the conversation, just give us a call at (317) 228-9822. Indy Soft Water is proud to serve the water filtration needs of the greater Indianapolis area—for both residential and commercial clients. Send us a message, and we’ll be in touch!