Water Pressure Low In Your Entire Home? 3 Possible Causes

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The water pressure being low in your home can make things difficult, such as taking a shower and washing a load of clothes. There are many things that can cause this problem to happen in your home, three of which are listed below. You can then take steps to get the low water pressure problem taken care of.

Water Meter Valve

The water meter valve control how much water goes into your home. This is found near the water meter that your local office checks each month to determine how much water your home has used. If you live in a cold climate, the valve may be in a box that is buried in the ground.  

You will never use this valve on your own. If your water company has been to your home lately to work on a problem in your area, they may have left the water meter valve partially opened. If so, this will prevent water pressure in your home. You need to contact the water department to check this for you.

Shutoff Valve

You need to check the main water shutoff valve to ensure it is not partially closed. This valve is generally inside your home located by the supply pipe that your city installs to provide water into your home. If you live in a warm climate, however, you may find this shutoff valve located outside.

Fortunately, this is something you can check on your own. Go to the valve and determine what type you have. For example, if you see a ball-type mechanism, then you have a ball valve. This will have a handle. The handle has to be parallel to the direction of the pipe. If it is not, then turn the handle until it is to fully open the valve.

If you see a wheel handle, then you have a gate valve. With this, the handle must be turned in the counterclockwise direction completely. If it is not fully turned this way, then grab the handle and turn it until it is.

Plumbing Leaks

You may also have a leak in your plumbing pipes that can cause low water pressure. If you do have a leak, you may have noticed your water bill has been higher lately. If you do not notice a leak on your own, hire a plumber to come to your home to do an inspection.

You may have plumbing pipes located in areas where you cannot see them, such as inside walls or in the attic. If you have old plumbing pipes and the plumber finds a leak, the plumber will likely suggest that you replace the old pipes with new ones.  

The plumber that you hire can help you with the water valves if you need help doing this. The plumber can also determine if there is any other plumbing problem causing your low water pressure problems.

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1 July 2019

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