Water pressure is vital to the functioning of your plumbing system. Without it, the water wouldn’t be able to travel through your pipes! We don’t even realize it, but many of us have become accustomed to the feeling of our water pressure—when that pressure suddenly drops or increases, it’s definitely noticeable (especially if we’re talking about low pressure from the showerhead).
A sudden change in water pressure is a cause for concern. The problems can be as simple as turning a valve, or it could indicate a leak.
Shutoff Valves Aren’t Fully Open
Yes, it could be that simple, and it does happen. It’s one of those things you hear about and think could never happen to you, but it does happen to people all the time.
If the water pressure throughout your entire home seems to be low, then it makes sense that the problem would be coming from the source. Make sure to check your shutoff valves before calling a plumber—they’ll still charge you a service fee for having to come out and help.
Pipes Clogged With Mineral Deposits.
We’ve all heard of “hard water,” right? Water considered “hard” is full of minerals like magnesium and calcium, and they don’t play nicely with plumbing systems. These minerals tend to deposit in the corners and bends of your plumbing systems, eventually creating enough limescale to reduce water pressure.
Buildup can sometimes be cleared out with chemicals or hydro-jetting, but by the time that this buildup becomes a noticeable problem, it’s more likely that the pipe will need to be replaced.
Leaks in the Plumbing System
Your plumbing system is a series of tubes, and for the water to flow through them, a certain level of pressure needs to be maintained. A leak, of course, would lower the pressure through the plumbing.
If you’re suddenly being plagued with low water pressure issues overnight, then it the most likely explanation is a leak. Turn off all the water-using appliances through the house and check the water meter. If the dial is still moving, you most likely have a leak.
Municipal Water System is Having Issues
If there’s a leak or problem with the pipes outside of your property, then your plumbing issues are officially the responsibility of the city.
However, you do want to be careful to ensure that the problem is not happening on your property whatsoever. If the city is called to excavate the pipes and they cannot find the problem, some cities may actually charge you for the costs.
As long as you work with afrom the very beginning, you should be able to confidently approach the city with your findings.
Pressure Regulator is Malfunctioning
Now, to be clear, pressure regulators aren’t required in all households. They’re only installed when the water pressure in the plumbing system is so high that it can actually cause damage to the pipes. If your home does have a pressure regulator and you’re noticing higher water pressure, it would be a good sign to get your regulator checked.