Low Water Pressure? You Can Troubleshoot It Yourself, Before Calling a Plumber!

You get into a shower after a long day hoping for a surge of steamy water but all you get is a mere dribble… How frustrating! Don’t fret, there are things you can do to improve your water pressure without having to hire a plumber.

Check for Leaks

Leaks are a common cause of low water pressure. Unfortunately, a leak could be found pretty much anywhere.

First of all, check your toilet. Your toilet mechanism could be faulty. Water could be flowing form the tank to the bowl without ever being completely blocked. Or maybe you can hear your toilet running constantly? That’s definitely a sign there is something wrong.

You should also check for leaks around appliances and pipes. Can you see any wet patches? Or maybe feel damp pipes? Damp spots can be caused by condensation. You can put a paper tower under your damp pipe and leave it for a few hours. If the paper towel is wet that means the pipe is leaking.

If you can’t find anything obvious, switch all appliances that use water off, turn off all taps and take a look at your water meter. Is it still running? If yes, turn your water mains off and take another look at your meter. If it is still spinning, that means there is a leak somewhere at your property. We recommend that you get a plumber to find this for you. We can definitely help with that. Our plumbers specialise in tracing leaks and fixing them as well!

Check the Supply Valve

Your mains valve can usually be found near your water meter. It sometimes happens that the valve isn’t open enough. All you need to do is open the valve fully to allow smooth water flow.

Blocked Pipes

Pipes clog. That’s what they do, and you can’t stop it. What you can do, though, is to dissolve all the deposit build-up. Vinegar is a good, Eco-friendly way to deal with clogged pipes. Simply pour white vinegar into the sink/shower/bathtub outlet and let it sit there for a few hours. Then, follow with a jug of hot water. If it doesn’t help, try a plumber’s snake.

Clean Your Shower head/Aerator

Limescale build-up can cause your water pressure to drop significantly. Try soaking your shower head/aerator in vinegar. If that doesn’t help, replace with a new one.

Check Water Pressure in Your Area

The case might be that your area suffers low water pressure. Talk to your neighbours to find out if they are having the same issue. Or, if you live at the top floor in a tall block of flats your flat may be susceptible to low water pressure. If the place where you live is at fault there is still something you can do to improve your water pressure.

You could install a booster pump. They can be somewhat expensive but if you are struggling with low water pressure, they are definitely worth it. If you would like advice on purchasing and installing a booster pump, get in touch with us. Our experienced plumber would be more than happy to help.

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