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What Causes Low Water Pressure in Your Home?

What Causes Low Water Pressure in Your Home?

Nothing is worse than heading to your bathroom for a nice, hot shower after a long day at work only to find that you barely get a measly trickle instead of the usual flow of water that you expected. After an un-refreshing bathing experience, you start looking for reasons why your water pressure dropped off so suddenly. It may be that when you think about it, you realize that your water pressure has been dropping for quite some time — meaning you’ve got a bigger problem than a broken or frozen pipe. Fortunately, Crawford Mechanical Services has the solution to your low water pressure issues

Debris in Your Pipes

Two of the most common issues with water pressure all tie back to some sort of buildup in your water pipes — either corrosion or debris that gets stuck and holds up the progress of water. If you’re experiencing overall lowered water pressure past a certain point in your home, suspect that the problem is a clog in the pipes. While it can sometimes work itself out, it often takes working with a licensed professional plumber to blast the debris out and restore the flow of water. At Crawford Mechanical Services, we use a high-powered tool called a Hydro Jetter to clear the debris from pipes.

If you're experiencing low water pressure only in certain rooms, it's time to consider getting out your gentle scrubbing cleansers and get to work on the shower head or sink aerator screens. This is not necessarily a part that you would consider cleaning on a regular basis, but it can catch significant debris and build up.

Time to Clean!

If you’re experiencing low water pressure only in certain rooms, it’s time to consider getting out your gentle scrubbing cleansers and get to work on the shower head or sink aerator screens. This is not necessarily a part that you would consider cleaning on a regular basis, but it can catch significant debris and build up — both of which can be responsible for slowing the flow of water. Mineral deposits are a key offender too. Make it a habit to grab the metal filters or drain off of your sinks and showers on a regular basis and ensure that water can move through them without backing up. White vinegar is the ideal safe method for getting rid of this buildup. Simply submerge filters in white vinegar for several hours and the gunk will melt away.

Frozen or Leaking

If you’re seeing low water pressure throughout your home, there is a high likelihood that your pipes are either frozen or leaking. Hopefully, the leak hasn’t gone on long enough that you’re seeing an increase in your water bill along with a decrease in pressure, but these two items together are almost always the outcome of a leak. Leaks can be tough to find and may require a professional to make an assessment and help with resolution of the problem.

No matter what type of water pressure problems you’re having, give Crawford Mechanical Services a call! Our caring and knowledgeable plumbing professionals will work with you to determine the cause and quickly get your water pressure back up to snuff. Contact us for emergency service anytime at 614-478-9424 or find us online.

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