Low water pressure is a common issue that homeowners encounter. Some get used to experiencing it from time to time, dismissing it as a minor inconvenience. But if this happens in your home, make sure to note how often it occurs and how long it lasts when it does, as you may be dealing with a bigger plumbing issue.
Oak Plumbing, a trusted provider of plumbing services such as leak repair and clogged sewer line repair, suggests following these steps to determine if the low water pressure in your home should be a cause for concern.
Test the Water Pressure
Having a water pressure test gauge is quite handy in this kind of situation. By using this device, you can easily confirm if the water pressure is really low. Before making note of the reading on your water pressure test gauge, make sure to turn off any appliances that might be using water, such as your washing machine. If you have low water pressure, the reading would most likely fall below 60 PSI. A normal reading for water pressure is anywhere between 60 and 75 PSI.
Ask Your Neighbors
Find out if your neighbors have low water pressure in their homes, as well. If they do, it may be an issue with your local water provider, in which case you need to notify them immediately.
Check Various Plumbing Components
If you’re the only one dealing with low water pressure in your building or neighborhood, the first few things you need to check are the water meter, regulator and shut-off valve. Ensure your water meter and shut-off valve are fully open and your regulator is functioning properly.
You’ll want to check for water leaks as well. Take a quick look under your kitchen and bathroom sinks, and check to see if there are puddles forming around your water heater. You might want to call in a plumber to confirm any leaks. They’ll be able to tell you if there are broken components in your plumbing system. You can also ask them about potential expenses. For example, if there’s a problem with your water heater, you can get an estimate of the water heater repair cost.
Call an Expert to Check Your Pipes
If you didn’t find any problems during a visual inspection, the problem could be clogged pipes. Buildup and residue inside the water supply pipes can affect the amount of water flowing through your plumbing system. In this case, a professional would be the best person to consult to determine how to resolve the issue.
Oak Plumbing, a trusted name in the plumbing industry, offers an array of plumbing services. Whether you need an estimate of leak repair or water heater replacement cost, call us at (707) 200-7594 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Benicia, CA, and surrounding areas.