Around your Layton home, you depend on good water pressure to take care of many of your daily tasks. Therefore, when the water pressure suffers at one or more of your fixtures, it can certainly be disconcerting. The good news is that many of the causes of low water pressure are easy to repair. No matter what’s causing your low water pressure, though, it’s important to get Smedley Service on the case quickly to ensure that no permanent damage occurs.
If you have hard water, the cause of your low water pressure could be something as simple as a clogged fixture. Over time, the mineral deposits in the water can collect in the small holes in the fixture, leading to a lack of water pressure. The easiest way to fix this problem is to remove the head of the fixture and use some calcium deposit remover to restore proper operation.
There’s a Leak in the Supply Line
Under the right conditions, any plumbing pipe can develop a leak. Therefore, if you’re experiencing low water pressure, one possible cause could be a leak in the supply line. To figure out the location of the leak, try to determine how many fixtures are affected by the water pressure issue. This will tell you if it’s the main supply line that Smedley Service will need to fix or if it’s a more localized problem. To prevent water damage, it’s a good idea to turn off the water to the affected supply line until Smedley Service can arrive to make repairs.
Mineral Buildup in the Supply Line
Another possibility involving your house’s supply lines is mineral buildup. Over time, the minerals in your home’s water can begin to stick to the walls of the pipe. If this continues over many years, the pipe could become restricted to the point that you experience a problem with low water pressure. Once the affected pipes have been replaced, your best bet is to install a water softener to ensure that the problem doesn’t happen again.
You’re Using Multiple Fixtures
Sometimes, it’s the most basic things that cause problems with your property’s water pressure. For example, if you frequently use more than one plumbing fixture at a time, this excess water usage could be behind your house’s low water pressure.
To determine if this is the cause of your problems, we at Smedley Service recommend that you try turning off all the plumbing fixtures in your home, and then turning on only the fixture that seems to be having trouble. If the water pressure is restored, you’ll know that changes need to be made. In many cases, this problem can be solved by installing high-efficiency appliances, such as washers and dishwashers, so there’s more water available for the other plumbing fixtures in your residence.
There’s a Water Main Break
Though this certainly isn’t as common, a water main break can be the cause of significant water pressure issues. To determine if this is the problem, you can call your local water company to find out the location of any recent water main breaks. You can also post on neighborhood sites to see if anyone else in your area is having trouble with low water pressure.
If there’s a water main break, you’ll have no control over when the water pressure will be restored. It may be wise, then, to head to a store and pick up some bottled water so that you can have clean water for drinking and washing your hands. It’s also important to be aware of any boil water advisories in your area to ensure that you don’t unknowingly drink contaminated water.
There’s a Problem With the Main Shutoff Valve
Your house’s main water shutoff valve controls all the water that flows into your home. On rare occasions, this valve can experience problems that can restrict the flow of water to your pipes. Start by checking the valve to make sure it’s fully open and hasn’t been bumped in the course of daily life. If it’s fully open, you’ll want to call Smedley Service to perform repairs.
Keeping the Water Flowing
At Smedley Service, our top goal is to keep our customers comfortable in their homes. That’s why we offer our plumbing services to ensure that you can always utilize your house’s water delivery systems to keep you and your family comfortable. We also provide repair, maintenance, and installation services for air conditioners and furnaces. With more than 70 years’ worth of experience in this industry and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, you can be sure that you’ll have a great experience when you work with us. For more information on improving your home’s water pressure, contact us at Smedley Service in Layton today.