Common Causes of Low Water Pressure

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Experiencing low water pressure in your home can certainly be frustrating. Fortunately, you can have a plumber in Chesterfield, VA from USA Pipe Repair come to make repairs. It’s important to know the common causes of low water pressure. We discuss these below:

Main Shutoff Valve Isn’t Fully Open

One of the biggest reasons behind low water pressure is that the main shutoff valve isn’t fully open. If you are experiencing low water pressure, one of the first things you should do is to locate the main shutoff valve and check it. It should be turned counter-clockwise as far as it can go. If it’s already fully in that position and you are still having issues, then you may need a plumber to investigate the problem and perform plumbing repairs.

Pressure Regulator Failure

If your pressure regulator is failing, you can be left with low water pressure. You can test to see if this is the case by attaching a pressure gauge to the hose spigot outside. Turn the water on and check the water pressure reading you get on the pressure gauge. If the reading is lower than what the pressure regulator states, the pressure regulator may be the culprit and you’ll need to replace it. Schedule plumbing services with your local plumbing company right away to resolve the issue.

Clogged Pipes

Just like drains, the pipes in your plumbing system can become clogged. When this happens, even if there’s only a small amount of debris, it can lead to low water pressure. If you suspect that your pipes are clogged, you should get emergency plumbing services to get to the root of the problem and so repairs can be made.

Pipe Corrosion

Pipe corrosion can also lead to low water pressure. This is especially true if you have an older home with pipes made of older materials. Galvanized steel or copper pipes are most susceptible to corrosion. If we find that corroded pipes are causing low water pressure in your home, we would recommend a full replacement.

USA Pipe Repair is a reputable plumbing company that you can count on for professional plumbing solutions. Have low water pressure at home? Contact us today for an appointment.

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