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Ask a Plumber: What Causes Low Water Pressure?

tightening-shower-faucetIt’s a brutally hot summer day, and you’ve just gotten home from work. You head right for the bathroom, step into the shower, and prepare yourself for the bliss sure to come from the cool water. Unfortunately for you, the result is less like Niagra and more like a trickle. You’ve been hit by low water pressure, and it has really thrown a wrench into the gears of your routine. So what can cause a problem like low water pressure to develop?

Like most issues with your plumbing system and its performance, there are a number of answers to that question. We are going to explore a few of them in today’s post. Before we go any further, though, we want to remind you that this is not the type of situation you should attempt to resolve on your own. Taking your plumbing system into your own, non-professional hands is to put the entire system–and your own safety–at risk. Instead, hire a professional plumber in Tucson.

Is It Affecting Fixtures Throughout Your Entire House?

There are different situations that can develop with low water pressure. In some instances, water pressure throughout the entire house may be low. This tells us that you are not dealing with small leaks in individual pipes servicing those areas of the home. It would be something of a coincidence if the pipe to every fixture in the house should develop a leak at the same time, after all.

If water pressure throughout your entire house is low, you could have a leak in your water main. This type of problem won’t always result in a decrease in water pressure, mind you. However, it almost always will be accompanied by other symptoms if it does. You will probably notice wet spots/patches in the area surrounding the main water line, if not outright flooding of that area eventually. You should also keep your eye on your water bills, as inexplicable spikes could indicate such a leak.

Is It a Localized Problem?

If so, then it could definitely be a problem with a supply line in the pipes sending water to that area. Look out for any signs of dampness or pooling water on the floor, stains on walls and ceilings, etc. You could also have hard water deposits in your pipes. This will restrict the flow of water through those pipes, while pressure within builds. Eventually, this could compromise the integrity of the pipes, or even the system as a whole.

It is tempting to look at a problem like low water pressure as just another of life’s annoyances. The truth is, though, that ignoring this problem is just welcoming trouble into your home. We strongly urge you to contact The Sunny Plumber Tucson when you notice that your water pressure is on the decline. Whether you need a minor adjustment or a serious plumbing repair, our team will do the job right. Give us a call with any concerns that you have.

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