We’ve all been there, right? Stepping into a shower, expecting a full-on waterfall but only getting a drizzle. It’s not fun! See, low water pressure is a common issue faced by homeowners all over the place, but fortunately, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before!
There are a number of issues that might lead to low water pressure, and below, we have listed some of them for you. All you need to do is keep reading to find out more, and of course, remember to call us when you need plumbing services in Orlando, FL.
What’s the Cause of Low Pressure?
Like we mentioned above, there are a number of reasons why you might be experiencing low water pressure:
The first possibility to consider is that the low water pressure hasn’t anything to do with your home’s plumbing but is coming from the municipal water system. Check with your neighbors to see if they are encountering the same problem. If they are, the water pressure should be restored soon. If it’s not, contact the municipal company to see when the problem will be fixed.
Pressure Regulator Failure
To maintain constant water pressure in a home’s plumbing so it doesn’t spike too high and cause damage, a pressure regulator is attached to the plumbing system. (Not all homes have this.) If the regulator fails, it can cause a rise in pressure—but it can also cause the pressure to drop. A plumber will have to replace the regulator if this is the case.
A Partially Closed Water Meter Valve
There are two valves controlling water flow into your house. The water meter valve is the one you probably deal with the least: it’s located on the street side of the water meter and is part of the municipal system. If you are having water pressure problems, this valve may have partially closed. Open it up to see if this improves water pressure.
An Automatic Shut-Off Valve Malfunction
We recommend automatic shut-off valves for homes to prevent flooding in case of massive leaks. The shut-off valve is electronically controlled, and like any mechanical device, it can malfunction, leading to a partial shut-off of the water flow into the house. Call for plumbers to check on the possibility of a problem with the automatic shut-off valve.
This is the most serious problem, but it’s one that often occurs in older homes. Pipes that are more than 50 years old are often constructed of galvanized steel or even cast iron—and at this point, they are probably filled with corrosion, limescale, and are decaying. The water line may be leaking. If the water pressure issue is something you’ve noticed building up gradually, then these out-of-date pipes are almost certainly the reason for it. We strongly advise arranging for whole-house repiping to upgrade your plumbing system with modern materials like copper and CPVC.
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