Water pressure may not be something you think about often, but when it’s lacking, you know it. If you’re having trouble with simple, day-to-day tasks such as showering and rinsing dishes, try these tips for troubleshooting low water pressure in your home.

low water pressureTroubleshooting Low Water Pressure at a Specific Faucet

If the problem is specific to one faucet, you’re probably dealing with some kind of clog. Start by removing the aerator to see if pressure improves. If so, you’ve found your problem, and a simple cleaning should do the trick. Try soaking the aerator in a mix of vinegar and water. Worst case scenario, you’ll have to replace the piece. (This same solution can be used when dealing with a clogged nozzle on a shower head.)

If the pressure remains low while the aerator is off the faucet, you may be dealing with a clogged line to the sink. This isn’t uncommon, especially if you have old, galvanized piping, which is prone to mineral buildup. In this case, it’s best to call a professional plumber for assistance.

Troubleshooting Low Hot Water Pressure

Usually, a problem with hot water pressure can be traced back to the water heater itself. Check the shut-off valve first to make sure it’s fully open and allowing water to flow. If adjusting the valve doesn’t solve the problem, contact a plumbing professional.

Troubleshooting Whole-House Water Pressure Problems

There are several possible reasons for low whole-house water pressure:

  • If you’ve moved into a new home, check with neighbors to see if the problem is community-wide. If so, a water pressure booster may provide the solution.
  • If the issue isn’t community-wide, the previous owner may have installed a pressure reducing valve. Have a plumber adjust it for you.
  • If there’s no pressure reducing valve, check the main shut-off valve. You can adjust this valve yourself to see if pressure improves.
  • If that doesn’t work, you could have a leak in the main. Check outdoors where the main meets the local supply line. If your yard seems unusually wet, especially in otherwise dry conditions, you’ve found the problem. Call a plumber ASAP.

If you need help troubleshooting low water pressure in your home, contact us at Carefree Comfort, Inc. Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We serve the greater Highland Park area of Illinois.

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