Common Reasons for Poor Water Pressure
There are many reasons for poor water pressure. Some issues just require tinkering. Others require immediate professional attention. One can ensure their home's well-being by knowing the reasons behind poor water pressure. They can also prevent rising energy costs, expensive repairs, and stress.
One may experience poor water pressure if:
Leaks Cause Water to Escape the Plumbing System
Plumbing systems are complex systems of pipes, valves, and connectors. A leak in any component of the system can weaken water pressure. The less water in a system, the weaker the water pressure will be. The leak can also divert water from its destination (such as a faucet) and lead it elsewhere, like inside the home’s walls. Over time, this can lead to mold growth and other complications.
Reasons for pipe leaks include:
- Rust: Over time, rust can compromise the pipe’s material, leading to leaks and burst pipes.
- Root intrusion: Miami is home to many plants with intricate root systems. These roots can make their way inside pipes and cause leaks. They can also cause clogs––another cause of low water pressure.
- Loose water connectors: At first glance, a loose water connector causes a few drips here and there. Yet, this can add up over time, leading to hundreds of gallons of wasted water and, in turn, poor water pressure.
These are just some reasons for leaks. A homeowner can prevent these issues by scheduling annual maintenance visits and installing a root barrier to protect underground pipes from intruding roots.
Clogs and Waste Buildup
Clogs and waste buildup obstruct the flow of water. Consider this scenario to understand more:
- A homeowner turns on the shower.
- Water comes from a groundwater source through the service line.
- The water starts through the pipes, toward the shower, and past the water meter valve.
- However, a clog obstructs the water’s flow, allowing a smaller amount through at a time.
- Water trickles out of the showerhead–the opposite of what the homeowner wants.
Here, the homeowner should consult a trained professional because they have the expertise to fix clogs easily. Clogs and buildup can arise from various sources, ranging from root intrusion to septic tank waste buildup.
Broken Fixtures or Closed Valves
Fixtures refer to things like showerheads, main water valves, faucets, drains––anything that allows the flow of water. Broken fixtures can stem from issues such as leaks, clogs, and corrosion. Without prompt attention, broken fixtures can waste water and affect the plumbing system’s operations.
Closed valves are a different matter. Valves regulate the flow of water. An open valve allows water to travel through the system. Closed valves don’t let water pass at all. Now that one knows the difference between broken fixtures and closed valves, here’s what to know:
- A partially closed valve will allow some water to travel through the system––but not all of it.
- Broken fixtures can’t take advantage of the water’s flow.
- As noted, these problems will not fix their own. They require an expert’s help.
These are just some reasons why there may be the low water pressure in the shower – and the home’s other plumbing fixtures.
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