Why Does My Home Have Low Water Pressure?

Low water pressure can cause all kinds of problems in the home. It can make your dishwasher run slowly or inefficiently, create problems when trying to wash pots and pans and make showers absolutely miserable. Whether low water pressure has always plagued your home or is a more recent development, it’s something that can and should be resolved. You may be able to zero in on the problem yourself, but it’s generally best to have it resolved by an experienced plumbing contractor. Charlie’s Plumbing is the name to trust in Monterey, Salinas and the surrounding area.
Most Common Causes of Low Water Pressure

By familiarizing yourself with the most common causes of low water pressure, you will have an easier time explaining the issue to the plumber. This issue is commonly caused by the following situations:

  • Clogged Aerators – Is low water pressure only happening in certain parts of the home? There’s a good chance that you’re just dealing with a clogged aerator. Aerator screens occasionally get clogged by scale, rust and other types of debris. While it’s fairly simple to remove these screens and clean them, it’s better to just have a plumber take care of it for you. While he’s at it, he can confirm that everything else is working properly.
  • Pressure Reducing Valve Needs Adjustment – Many homes have pressure reducing valves. That’s especially true for newer homes. These valves are designed to protect plumbing from the potentially damaging effects of excessive water pressure. In most cases, they’re located near the main shut-off valve. Accessing them is easy, but adjusting them properly isn’t, so leave it to the professionals.
  • Shut-Off Valve Needs Adjustment – For one reason or another, the shut-off valve to your home may have become partially closed. You can check and see for yourself, but have a plumber take a look to see why it happened in the first place.
  • Water Softener Issues – If your home has a water softener, it may be to blame for low water pressure problems. Your softener is supposed to be serviced periodically, but it’s easy to let it slide. You can troubleshoot the problem by switching to bypass mode, if it’s available. Even if you’re able to diagnose the issue, call a plumber to have your softener properly serviced.
  • Water Heater Issues – Does the low water pressure only happen when you try to use hot water? The water heater may be experiencing mechanical problems. Even if it’s something simple, like a partially closed shut-off valve, let an experienced plumbing contractor examine it.
  • Miscellaneous Plumbing Problems – If low water pressure seems to primarily affect just part of the home, there could be plumbing problems happening in that particular area. There’s no way for a homeowner to make heads or tails of the situation.

It’s nice to have an idea about what’s causing low water pressure issues. If you live in or near Salinas or Monterey, call Charlie’s Plumbing for prompt, effective, courteous repairs and service. Charlies Plumbing and Heating proudly serves the Salinas, Monterey Bay Area 831-442-5750