If you are experiencing low water pressure throughout your entire home, it is a reason to be very concerned. You could have a leak somewhere in the system that is causing the water pressure to be low in every faucet that you have. However, isolated issues of low water pressure are much less of a concern. The issue is something that you can most likely fix on your own, without having to call a plumber. Here are two places that water pressure could be low, and how you can fix it.
Is the water pressure not very good from one of the sinks in your home, such as the kitchen or bathroom faucet? The issue could be caused from something as simple as a clogged aerator.
It's common for faucets on sinks to have a built in aerator that will limit the amount of water that will come out of the faucet, which helps cut back on water use. You can identify it by the mesh cap on the bottom of your faucet where water will come out. After a few years, it's possible that the aerator is now clogged, which is caused by minerals found in your water supply. It makes it appear like there is a problem with your plumbing, when it is really with your aerator.
You can remove an aerator using pliers, unscrewing the aerator in a counter-clockwise direction or pulling it off. Rinse your sink's aerator under the strong water stream from the faucet, and then put it right back on. Turn the water back on, and see if that fixed the problem with low water pressure.
Low water pressure in the shower could be caused by a clogged showerhead. Thankfully, these are easy to clean without even removing the showerhead from the plumbing fixture.
Fill up a large plastic bag with enough white vinegar to submerge the entire showerhead. Then tie it to the showerhead with a rubber band. Let it soak overnight, and remove the plastic bag the next morning. The vinegar will have helped clear away any mineral buildup in the tiny holes of the showerhead. Turn on the shower, and you should have stronger water pressure.
Still experiencing low water pressure? It may be time to contact a plumber, like one from Downingtown Electrical Plumbing Company, to solve the problem for you. It could be a problem such as galvanized plumbing that has corroded from the inside, and finally needs replacement.