low water flowWater pressure problems are a common plumbing issue. Figuring out what is causing the problem is the first step. In some cases, it’s a simple fix. In other cases … it may not be so simple.

Here are some common causes of household low water pressure:

Mineral Deposits and Other Blockages

Old iron pipes may have rust that breaks loose, causing particles to plugs up valves, aerators, valve and other areas within the pipes. Mineral deposits can also clog faucets and showerheads, restricting water pressure.

If your sink faucet isn’t working well, try removing the aerator (the small cylinder screwed on the end of the spout) and see how the water flows without it. If the water flow is better without the aerator, clean or replace it. If your shower has a low water flow problem, remove the showerhead and then check the water pressure.

If the water flow is still poor after removing the aerator or showerhead, then the source of the problem is elsewhere in the plumbing system.

Pipe Blockages

Blockages or mineral buildup may create low water pressure problems. If small mineral deposits accumulate on insides of your plumbing system, it reduces the diameter through which the water can flow.

Pressure Regulators

Water pressure regulators (also called pressure reducing valves or pressure limiting valves) are designed to reduce incoming water pressure and to protect a home’s plumbing system components. The pressure regulator is usually found below the hose connection in the front of your home, though it may be located in different places.

If the pressure regulator goes bad or malfunctions, it may cause low water pressure issues. This is a plumbing repair problem best left to the professionals.

Well Water Pressure

Homes that use well water use a water pressure tank. These tanks can sometimes leak and lose water pressure.

If you have low water pressure problems, you can try to fix the problem on your own. However, pipe corrosion, major blockages or major water leaks are all problems better left to professional plumbers.

Go Green Express Home Service’s expert plumbers are on call 24/7 to meet any plumbing emergency. Whether it is 2:00 in the afternoon or 2:00 in the morning, call us at 866-491-2768. We service Dutchess County, Orange County, Ulster County, Putnam County and Rockland County, NY.