3 Common Water Pressure Problems And Their Causes

Poor water pressure in the home can be a real nuisance. When bad enough, it can also compromise your abilities to cook, clean, and bathe. For that reason, it is wise to educate yourself about some of the common causes of insufficient pressure. If you would like boost your home troubleshooting skills, read on. This article will discuss three frequently experienced water pressure issues and their probably causes.

Pressure quickly drops off.

This is perhaps the most commonly experienced water pressure problem. When you open up a tap or water fixture, things seem to start off fine. But the strong stream of water soon turns to a paltry trickle--often within mere seconds. This same phenomenon can generally be found to afflict all of your home's water sources equally, which indicates that it is being caused by some sort of obstruction inside of your main water supply line.

In this case, the obstruction isn't complete. So long as your plumbing system is off, water slowly enters your home and fills up your pipes. This explains why the pressure starts off so strong. Yet once the water standing in your pipes has flown out, the obstruction keeps more water from flowing in as quickly as it should. Contact a plumber to try and eliminate the partial clog using a professional-grade drain snake.

Pressure fluctuates from sink to sink.

In this case, as you may be able to surmise, the problem is not an obstruction in your main water pipe. If it was, it would affect all of your plumbing fixtures equally. Instead, the clog is more local--either in the pipes leading up to a specific fixture, or in a pipe responsible for delivering water to a specific wing of your house. If the latter is the case, you will likely notice that multiple fixtures are all displaying the problem.

You have poor pressure at just one fixture.

Here, as noted above, the problem may be a clog or constriction affecting the supply line of just the single fixture. Yet in the case of faucets, there is another potential culprit: the aerator. This ubiquitous screw-on attachment is meant to conserve water by introducing a certain amount of air to its flow. In order to do this, the aerator contains a small mesh screen.

The problem is that, over time, debris and mineral deposits tend to accumulate on the top side of this screen. Eventually they will restrict the faucet's water flow, thus having a negative impact on pressure. The good news is that you can often resolve the problem simply by removing and cleaning the aerator assembly.

For more help, speak with a company like Gopher Plumbing Supply.