Water pressure in your home can be altered by many factors. Old plumbing can mean that the water coming into your home actually has to travel through a smaller pipe. If the water into your home has recently been shut off for maintenance, the valve may be damaged or simply not re-opened fully.
Basics of Understanding Water Pressure
Low water pressure can be frustrating. For example, if you’re showering and struggling to rinse the shampoo out of your hair, limited water pressure can make it hard to get all the soap out, particularly if you’ve added a low-flow showerhead to conserve water.
However, if there is damage or a mechanical issue that is lowering the water pressure to your entire home, you can actually be doing damage to your appliances. For example, your dishwasher likely needs between 20 and 120 psi, or pounds per square inch, to function properly. If your water pressure doesn’t provide at least 20 psi, you can damage valves inside the dishwasher. You may also find that your dishes get hot instead of getting clean by the end of the wash cycle.
Common Causes of Low Water Pressure
Damaged or Insufficiently Opened Shut-Offs
Throughout your home, there should be multiple shut-offs depending on the building code in your region. When you buy or move into a home, check where the water comes in from the street and where the hot water heaters are tied into the system. If you notice any corrosion on these simple shut-offs, or if you notice that you don’t have shut-offs, it’s time to bring in a plumber and get these updated.
A corroded valve can lower the water pressure in your entire home. If this valve has also been subjected to extreme cold, it may actually come apart in your hands. At this point, you’ll have to hire an emergency plumber. Bringing in the plumber on your schedule will be less costly and less stressful.
Bad Pressure Regulators
Your home may also have a pressure regulator. Again, this is often a function of code. When the pressure regulator fails, your water pressure can drop and rise suddenly and be very hard to manage. You can test it yourself, but replacing it will likely take a professional to avoid catastrophic leaks.
Hot Water Heaters
If you notice a problem with your hot water pressure or notice that you run out of hot water quickly, you may have a hot water heater full of sediment. The first step to fix this will likely include replacing your hot water heater; by the time they’re full of sediment and corrosion, replacing them is the simplest fix.
However, you will also want to determine the source of all this sediment. Diagnosis is the first critical step in low water pressure services. If your pipes are corroded and you have a lot of rust stains in your sinks and tubs, the water lines coming into your home may need to be replaced. The minerals, corrosion, and debris that filled up your hot water heater will also be impacting the ice maker and water dispenser in your refrigerator. Once you know what’s causing all this debris, you will need to make the repairs necessary to protect your other appliances.
What to Expect From Our Team of Professionals
The professionals at Schuler Plumbing offer low water pressure services, from assessments to the necessary repairs. They can help you to diagnose the source of the problem from the ground up and make the corrections necessary to avoid future problems. Replacing your hot water heater may be a necessary expense, but if you don’t track down the source of all that sediment, you may have to do it again far too soon.
Calling a plumber for low water pressure problems will likely mean a full review of all shut-offs in the home, as well as checking out pressure regulators and the main water line access into the home. Low water pressure can be an indication of serious plumbing problems. If old valves are failing, you want to address these problems before something fails completely.
You may have the skills to do basic plumbing repairs, but it is critical that you know your limits as a DIYer. Bringing in a plumber for low water pressure issues means that there’s a professional on your side that can quickly turn off the water outside your home in the event of a potential disaster. Not only do they have the necessary tools, but they can quickly cut off and repair a pressurized line before the damage becomes too severe to manage.
The Schuler Plumbing Difference
The professionals at Schuler Plumbing know just how tough a Minnesota winter can be on your plumbing. These professionals are licensed, bonded, and insured. They are also well-versed in local code requirements. Finally, this veteran-owned business knows that you have a schedule to keep. Schuler Plumbing can help in an emergency! They are also happy to help you manage plumbing updates when renovating your home. This family-owned business can help you stay on schedule.