You know how pressure feels.
If you’re like the rest of us here at Weather Master’s Mr. Plumber, you tend to prefer low-pressure situations.
Things like traffic jams, deadlines, budgets, what to eat for lunch- are all pressure points in our lives we may wish were, well, less pressing.
However, one time we always appreciate a good, stable dose of pressure is when we turn on our water.
Have you ever taken a shower with low-water pressure before? Or tried to wash your hands when your faucet will barely trickle?
It’s not exactly an enjoyable experience.
Fortunately, low water pressure is often caused by something simple and easily fixed. In some cases, however, your low water pressure may be a warning sign of a larger issue.
You may be able to fix the problem yourself. In some cases, you will need the help of a professional plumber.
We happen to know of a great plumber right here in Raleigh, North Carolina, give us a call if you need help!
Okay, are you ready to roll up your sleeves and give a go at restoring normal water pressure to your life?
Step One: Are you experiencing low water pressure with a single fixture?
Check all of your water fixtures to determine if you have low water pressure throughout your home or just at one water fixture.
If you can isolate a single fixture with low pressure, you are likely dealing with a blocked aerator. Your solution is simple, in this case. Simply remove the end of your faucet and clean the aerator. Normal pressure should return.
If normal pressure does not return, or you are experiencing low water pressure throughout your home, you could have a leak or clog in your plumbing see the next step.
Step Two: Do you have low water pressure throughout your entire home?
If you answered yes to this question, you might be able to save yourself time, stress and a bit of money by calling your neighbors. If your neighbors are also experiencing low water pressure, the problem may be a leak in the main lines to your home.
We recommend you call your water company to report the issue.
If your neighbors are not experiencing issues with their water pressure and you have a water softener in your home, switch it to bypass mode and see if that restores your pressure.
If you do not have a water softener in your home, make sure that the shut-off valve at your water meter is not shut off. Adjusting this valve even a little can reduce your pressure.
Step Three: Does low pressure affect both your hot and cold water?
If your issue is only with your hot water pressure, then you may have a problem with the shut-off valve on your water heater. If this valve is accidentally adjusted, it could affect your pressure.
If none of these tips fixes your problem, the next step is to call in a plumber to look for a leak in your plumbing.
If you have a leak large enough to affect your water pressure- you will want to fix it right away.
Weather Master has been serving Wake, Durham, Granville, Orange, Chatham and Johnston Counties since 1977. Weather Master’s Mr. Plumber is ready to help with all of your metro Raleigh plumbing needs!