What You Can Do About Low Water Pressure in Your Home

I enjoy a good amount of traveling just as much as the next gal, but the one thing that could make or break my hotel review is the water pressure. 

I have a LOT of hair on my head. And if I can’t get a nice clean hair wash from a hotel shower, it really puts a damper (no pun intended) on my travel fun. 

Beautiful sexy girl with towel on her head

That’s why I’m pretty happy that we have fantastic water pressure at our house. But just in case YOU don’t, and are trying to figure out what the issue is and what can be done about it, check out this post from James over at Plumbing Detectives!

What causes low water pressure in your home?

We all rely on the water pressure in our home to be sufficient to enable us to carry out daily tasks such as showering and washing clothes. If the water pressure in your home suddenly decreases, you can find yourself faced with a real problem.

There are several issues that can cause water pressure to drop. Let’s take a look at some of these issues and what you should do to make sure the water pressure in your home is returned to normal.

Sediment build-up in pipes

Normally, water runs along the pipes to your home with no problem. Over time, sediment can build up in the pipes. This means that there is not as much space for the water to pass along the pipe. This, in turn, lowers the water pressure for your property. It’s possible for sediment to be cleared from the pipes, so that the water pressure can be returned to normal. 

Corrosion of pipes

Corrosion is another problem that can affect the pipes which carry water to your home. Pipes may be intended to last upwards of twenty years but problems can start to happen before that. Once corrosion happens pipes normally need to be replaced. This can be a time consuming and costly job.

Water leaks in the property

A drop in water pressure might not be anything to do with the water pipes. It’s just as possible that you have a leak somewhere in your home. The more water escapes from a leak, the more the water pressure will drop. This is because water is not just being used up at intended points.

The best way to see if you have a water leak is to switch off all taps and water using appliances. Once you are sure you are not deliberately using any water you need to wait a while. If the reading on your water meter changes while you are waiting you know that water is leaking somewhere. Repairing the leak should ensure the water pressure returns to normal.

Problems with the neighborhood water supply

It’s possible that a drop in water pressure is nothing to do with the water supply in your home. If the water company is carrying out repair work in the neighbourhood the water pressure might be adversely affected for everyone. It’s easy to check if any repair work is on going, by simply making a phone call.

Returning water pressure to normal

If you think there is a problem with the water pipes for your home, or you believe there may be a water leak, you should get in touch with a plumber in Sydney or near your location. They have the expertise and tools necessary to deal with the problem and return the water pressure to normal.

Good water pressure is something we all rely on. We only realise how much when there is a problem. If you have an issue with your water pressure you need to deal with it as soon as possible, or it’s only likely to get worse.

I didn’t realize that sediment in your pipes could effect water pressure! I figured the only thing that sediment could effect was drainage! Interesting!

How’s YOUR water pressure?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

15 thoughts on “What You Can Do About Low Water Pressure in Your Home

  1. Thank you for the tips. I have one shower that has very low water pressure. I am hoping it isn’t a leak. all the pips are under the concrete! I am going to see if there is a flush we are able to do to get rid of the sediment.

  2. These are great ideas – we actually had a huge leak a few months ago at our house, and it took a while before it got bad enough for us to figure out where it was from. In the meantime though, we had an increase in our water bill that was awful – and a DEcrease in our water pressure that was worse!

  3. I am lucky to have great water pressure. In our last house it was very low and we were never able to fix it the way I like it.

  4. Great solutions! in my old house our water pressure was terrible in the upstairs. I am lucky now, that it is all ok in our new house. I wish I had read your article all those years ago 🙂

  5. We have this problem in our house. The plumber said that it is because there are a lot of faucets in our house that is connected to only one pipe. So when one faucet is open in the other room, water pressure on the other faucets are affected.

  6. I completely understand the aggravation when you are trying to rinse your hair and it takes forever due to the fact that you have SO much hair and the water pressure is not at its best. These are really great tips to help ensure that your showers go smoothly. Thanks for the great tips!

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