Can Leaks Cause Low Water Pressure?
Have You Ever Had a Water Pressure Problem in Your Home?
If not, then you might be the first ever. Almost everyone has experienced low water pressure in your home at one time or another. What went wrong? How did that happen? Remember that the most pressing issue is to quickly rule out the possibility of a leak in one of your home’s water lines.
Take a moment to quietly walk around your home and listen for unusual noises or hissing sounds from your attic and walls. The convenience of “water on demand” that we take for granted, also means that all those faucets require hidden pipes throughout the house.
So How Do we Figure Out What’s Going On?
Well to at least to begin to diagnose and solve the problem, I have a few quick followup questions you should ask yourself:
- Is the low water pressure problem at all the faucets and water outlets in the house or only one?
- Is it only on the hot water or the cold water side of the faucet?
These first questions should lead you toward a preliminary diagnosis:
- If the issue is evident at several hot water faucets, then it may be the water heater or there may be a problem such as a leak or blockage in some of the hot water piping.
- If you find that all the outlets and faucets have low pressure, then it might be a problem with your water utility provider (yes, it happens).
- It may also be a leak in plumbing pipes in your house or the main line from the water meter into your home – still the homeowner’s responsibility.
- Another diagnosis may be that the only issue is at one faucet or outlet…that’s normally the easiest to repair.
How To Increase the Water Pressure At a Faucet? Step by Step
- Calcium and lime buildup will also cause low water pressure. This can occur in the fixture itself and/or the stop (a.k.a. emergency shutoff valve) under that faucet. Unscrew the Aerator at the end of the spout of the fixture to see if mineral buildup is evident.
- Check the emergency shutoff valve under your sink to make sure it’s fully open.
- If the rubber washers or seals have begun to deteriorate, that can also result in low water pressure.
This operation can be performed only if the main water supply into the house is completely shut off either at the water meter or somewhere else outside of the house and is best performed by an experienced plumber.
If the water must be shut off to perform a repair like this, it is normally recommended that the shutoff valves under that faucet just be replaced. As with any other product or older piece of equipment that is under pressure, if one part or piece is repaired, the “new” increased pressure may cause another part of that equipment to then fail. It can result in a maddening cycle and an experience you would rather forget.
Make Leak Geeks Your Plumber
Call Leak Geeks Plumbing professionals if you need help with any of your plumbing issues. You can always be assured that only a Licensed Plumber will be there for any work done in your home. We work diligently to make certain that you are treated with respect and have all your questions answered before we go to work in your home. Leak Geeks Plumbing provides professional grade water heaters and tankless water heaters in the southwestern part of DFW Metroplex and surrounding areas. For more information about your water heater and other plumbing services offered by Leak Geeks Plumbing connect with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, our channel on YouTube or LinkedIn.