Low water pressure can occur in different ways. It can mean longer cycles in washing machines or dishwashers or slow-filling bathtubs or sinks. When this happens, reach out to a licensed plumber in Chatsworth, CA from Roberts Plumbing Hydro Jet and Rooter to inspect and assess your plumbing system. Here are some of the possible reasons behind low water pressure in your home.
If the low water pressure is limited to only a couple of outlets instead of the whole plumbing system, it may be a problem with the fixtures themselves. One such issue is rusted or clogged aerators. In some cases, cleaning the aerator can fix the problem. Otherwise, the best route is to seek plumbing services.
A Failing Pressure Regulator
Not all homes have them, but water pressure regulators keep your plumbing safe to use by lowering the pressure to a safe level before the water enters your home. A good way to check its condition is to run water from an outside source, near the regulator if possible, through a pressure gauge. If the gauge’s reading is lower than the regulator’s reading, it’s probably a regulator-related problem.
A Partly Closed Water Meter Valve
Of the two shutoff valves a home has, one is the water meter valve. Typically a small handle or tab, this valve is usually only operated by the water company. However, if the plumbing system has had recent plumbing repairs, the valve may be worth checking. If the valve’s tab is at an angle to the water pipe, it’s partly closed and cutting down the pressure level.
Steel Pipe Corrosion
Corroded pipes can signal a bigger problem. Galvanized steel pipes in older homes are most likely already corroded, restricting the water’s flow. The pressure change isn’t noticeable right away, and because corrosion is hidden, it’s difficult to detect, but it will eventually cause problems.
Unfortunately, corrosion basically means a system re-piping. In this case, it’s best to get in touch with us to get a professional replacement with either PVC or copper lines.
Soluble compounds like magnesium or calcium salts can accumulate over time and cause a clog, especially in systems with a hard water source. Corroded steel pipes can also accelerate the buildup of sediments. A cost-saving preventive measure for this issue is to install water softeners for your home.
As your trusted Southern California plumbing company, Roberts Plumbing Hydro Jet and Rooter is here to ensure your plumbing system is in its best condition all year round. We can also check your home’s water pressure completely free of charge. Contact us to schedule an appointment.