Do you have a weak stream of water coming out of your shower head? Does your toilet takes a long time to refill? Does your washing machine fill slowly? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you may very well have low water pressure. However, your low water pressure may be the result of problems that you can fix. Here are three things to try before you call a plumber.
Change Toilet Fill Valve
A slow filling toilet can be caused by a faulty fill valve. The fill valve is the vertical apparatus inside the toilet tank that controls how fast the toilet refills. To know if this is a problem for you, first shut off the knob behind your toilet, called the angle stop, so that water stops flowing to the toilet. Next, take off the top part of the flex line, the flexible tube that leads up to your toilet, and direct the flowing water into a bucket. If the flex line flows with enough strength, the problem is very likely the fill valve and it needs to be replaced.
Use Vinegar to Clean the Showerhead
If your showers don't have enough water pressure, it's a good idea to make sure that the showerhead fixture itself isn't to blame. Mineral deposits can cause the showerhead to become clogged.To check and see whether this is the case for you, unscrew the showerhead and place it in a plastic bag that is full of vinegar and water. Leave the showerhead in the solution overnight
Clean Washing Machine Screens
You may not know this, but if you have hard water in your home, that could be causing the screens and hoses in your washing machine to become clogged. These things can be cleaned by simply cleaning them off. Just remember to shut off the water supply to your washing machine, and then disconnect the hoses that go into your machine. You will then be able to see and clean the screens.
Now that you know some things that may be causing your water pressure to be low, you can take steps to solve the problem. If you use the tips above and still seem to have low water pressure, contact an experienced plumber (such as Dave Blair Plumbing) in the area to determine the problem and fix it. Your water pressure will soon be strong, and you'll be very pleased with the difference.