Orlando Plumber’s Tip: What Causes Low Water Pressure?

Posted by Anthony Bracco

If you need a plumbing repair or routine maintenance service, call the Orlando plumbers at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI). We can tackle any residential or commercial plumbing repair, and we serve customers throughout the area. If you are experiencing low water pressure in your home or commercial facility, here are some potential causes.

Finding the cause will first depend on whether your hot or cold water applications have low pressure. You may have an issue with your water heater if the low pressure only happens when you use hot water. Keep in mind that routine maintenance will ensure that your water heater works as it should. Call a plumber if you haven’t had a tune-up in a while or if your low pressure issue persists.

A larger cause could be a water leak. Even a small leak further down the line can affect your water pressure. If you suddenly notice low water pressure throughout your home or building, there could be a main water line leak, which will definitely require a professional plumbing repair. Large leaks can cause your water bills to increase dramatically.

Another common cause is simply too much demand on your plumbing system. One sign of this is when the pressure is affected at certain times during the day. Usually, these are peak times, such as the morning or evening, especially in residential homes. If you are running multiple applications at once, such as showers, dishwashers, and washing machines, then you may need either a different type of water heater for hot water applications, or you could need a routine maintenance service.

If the low water pressure only happens at one faucet, you could have a clogged aerator, which is a simple fix. Make sure the aerator screen is free of clogs, rust, mineral scale, or anything that blocks the screen that is screwed on to the faucet.  The aerator may also need to be replaced.

Mineral deposits could cause low pressure at multiple applications. When mineral deposits build up inside the pipes, the water cannot flow through the pipe with less force, decreasing the water pressure at the application. You can install a water treatment system or replace pipes with a piping material is more resistant to mineral deposits.

Call the Orlando plumbers at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) for all your local plumbing needs!

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