Lately, people only want to know one thing:
Do you put the toothpaste on first and then wet the toothbrush, or wet the toothbrush first and then put on the toothpaste?
The answer won’t matter much, though, if you turn on the faucet to discover a disappointingly weak stream of water. You’ve just experienced low water pressure, and now you need to know where it’s coming from. Not just because it’s inconvenient, but because it can hinder the performance of appliances, like your washing machine.
We have a few ideas about what’s causing your low water pressure problems.
A Leak in Your Plumbing
If a pipe in your plumbing has a hole or crack, and if it’s causing water to come out, then you’ve got a leak. Leaks are bad for water pressure because it means that the pipes are no longer tightly sealed.
A leak can happen almost anywhere in your plumbing system. If you’re lucky, it will happen above ground and not in a place that can create water damage. Depending on where the leak is, though, it could be a little more complicated.
For example, check to see if the low water pressure is occurring at more than one faucet. If so, then it’s a good indication that the leak is coming through a pipe that all these appliances share. That leaves your main water line as the most likely suspect. Since the main water line is essential for all the water in your home, it’s pertinent to have it thoroughly inspected.
Hard Water Clogs
Hard water is defined as water with high concentrations of minerals, mainly magnesium and calcium. This water tends to leave those minerals behind on the surfaces they come into contact with; the pipes in your plumbing system are an easy target. When the buildup becomes too heavy, it can cause water pressure issues.
If you take a pipe afflicted with hard water build up, cut through it, and look at the cross section, you’d find a big solid ring of magnesium and calcium buildup—usually referred to as limescale. In the center would be a small hole where the water has been flowing through!
Since the water only has this small hole to travel through, the water pressure in the pipes will actually be increased. However, when you turn on the faucet the water that comes out would be low pressure. If hard water is your problem, a plumber in Phoenix, AZ can help check if a water softener is the solution for you.
The Faucet (Not the Pipes!)
If you’ve determined that the water pressure problems only occur at one fixture, then you can rest assured it’s not a water line issue. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the pipes are at fault, either. It could simply be the faucet itself.
In order to get water out of your pipes at the right pressure, the faucet actually has several working parts. If age starts to wear down on these parts, it can create low water pressure issues. Ball-type and compression faucets are two common types of faucets that can break down due to age.