Low water pressure around the home can be frustrating, but there is usually a simple fix. If you notice that your water pressure has dropped recently, here’s how to diagnose and deal with the problem.
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Check Pressure Around The House
The first step is to check the pressure throughout the house to see whether it is a localized problem that only affects one room. You might find that the kitchen taps are running fine but the bathroom taps and shower are running at low pressure. If it’s just the shower and all of the taps are working fine, it’s likely an issue with the showerhead itself and not the water pressure. In that case, try cleaning the showerhead out and if that still doesn’t make a difference, think about upgrading your bathroom and installing a new shower.
If you find that the problem is in every room in the house, you will need to do further investigation to work out what the issue is.
Ask The Neighbors
People never think to ask the neighbors if their water pressure has dropped too, but it’s a simple way to work out whether the problem is localized to your home. If everybody on the street is having the same problem, you need to get in touch with the water supplier so they can investigate. However, if it is only a problem in your home, it’s down to you to work out what the issue is and fix it.
Check For Blockages
A blockage in the pipes can cause low water pressure throughout the entire house if it is in the main supply pipe. It can also cause localized blockages in certain rooms, so it’s always best to check for blockages first. As well as low water pressure, there are other signs to look out for; any debris coming out of pipes, bad smells, and an increase in water bills can all indicate problems with your pipes. If you suspect that there may be a blockage somewhere, call in a plumber and have them take a look. Hopefully, they can clear the blockage and your water pressure will get back to normal.
Consider Installing A Pump
In some cases, homes just have low water pressure even if the pipes are not blocked. This is something that people often forget to check when viewing a house and then they only realize that it’s an issue once they move in. General low water pressure can be dealt with by installing a pump, like the Grundfos multi stage pump to boost the pressure. You should notice a big difference after installing a pump, just make sure that you check that there are no underlying issues with the pipes first because a pump won’t solve the problem if there is.
Replace The Regulator
A lot of homes have a regulator fitted to the mains water pipe to control the flow of water. Over time, the regulator can break and this leads to a gradual drop in water pressure. It may be worth calling a plumber to look at the regulator and replace it if necessary.
Tick off every step on this checklist and you will be able to fix your water pressure issues in no time.
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