Problems with the water pressure in your Highland Park, Illinois, home can be frustrating. Filling your sink or taking a shower can take a while, and your dishwasher or washing machine can also take longer to work than usual. If an appliance has a problem with water pressure, you likely need it repaired. If you have trouble with more than a fixture, you might have a more severe plumbing problem. Here are some ways to deal with common issues that can cause low water pressure, like a closed valve, debris in the water and a broken pressure regulator.
A Closed Valve
Most homes have two valves that control the flow of water to your home. The water meter valve faces the street, and city utility workers usually handle it. If your water pressure is low and you’ve had plumbing work done recently, the valve might not be fully opened. There’s also a valve on the homeowner side of your water meter that should be completely open.
Debris in Your Water
Rust builds up in iron pipes over time, plugging valves and faucet aerators. Even with copper or plastic pipes, you can get low water pressure from algae or gravel.
Contact a plumber to help you inspect your pipes and replace any plumbing that contains leaks or lots of debris. If your pipes are old, you might need to replace the entire system.
A Broken Pressure Regulator
Most homes have a pressure regulator, a valve that reduces the water pressure in the pipes to prevent damage. If your pressure regulator malfunctions or stops working, your home’s water pressure might be too high or too low.
Carefree Comfort, Inc. has more than 30 years of heating, cooling and plumbing experience. We can help you deal with low water pressure by installing, maintaining and repairing a variety of equipment. Call us anytime at 847-388-0115 for great service from our courteous experts.
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