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5 Things That Can Affect Your Home’s Water Pressure

shower with weak water pressure

Have you been experiencing low or inconsistent water pressure in your home? As plumbing experts, we can tell you that there are multiple factors that may be involved. Below are five of the most common problems that could be affecting your water pressure.

1. Limescale Buildup

If your region is known for hard water (water that contains a lot of calcium, magnesium, etc.), limescale buildup can occur in your water lines. This is more common in hot water lines because limescale tends to form when you heat hard water. If the buildup gets bad enough, it will restrict your pipes’ diameter and cause weaker water pressure.

2. Clogged Showerhead

Are you only having water pressure problems in the shower? Then there’s probably limescale clogging up the inside of your showerheads. Remove your showerheads and soak them overnight in white vinegar to dissolve the limescale.

If you tend to have a lot of problems with limescale, it can be worth it to install a water softener. Not only will this prevent annoying showerhead clogs, but softer water will also be better for your other plumbing fixtures, pipes, and water-using appliances.

3. Faulty Pressure Regulator

It isn’t common knowledge (unless you’re a plumber), but every home has a pressure regulator. This device converts the high pressure of the incoming city water into a lower pressure that won’t damage your pipes.

If the pressure regulator has the PSI (pound-force per square inch) set too low, or if there’s a problem with the device, you’ll experience weak water pressure. If you’re not sure how to handle this device, don’t be afraid to contact a plumber for help!

4. Aging Galvanized Steel Pipes

It was commonplace to build homes with galvanized pipes up until the 1960s. If you own an old home that has never been repiped, this might be the reason for your water pressure problem. Galvanized steel pipes have an “anti-rust” coating, but once it wears off, the pipes begin corroding from the inside out.

The corrosion process creates a hard buildup inside the pipes that restricts their diameter and reduces water pressure over time. If your home has galvanized steel pipes, it’s best to replace them before they rust through completely and get leaks.

5. Leaks in Your Water Lines

If one of your pipes has a leak, then water won’t come out with as much force from the tap at the end of it. Postponing a leak repair can result in lots of water damage, especially if the leak occurs behind your walls or above your ceiling, so don’t wait to call a plumber!

For reliable plumbing repairs in Milford, look no further than Tri-City Heating and Cooling! Schedule your service with us today by calling (203) 303-5700.