Low Water Pressure in Austin area? We all know what a pain low water pressure is and it always happens AFTER the shampoo has been applied. Takes forever.
We’re always happy to come out and check out any low water pressure issues you’re experiencing but just in case you want to do some investigation on your own – here’s some tips from Bob Vila on what might be the source of the low pressure.
Tips from his article on low water pressure read more on his site – – http://www.bobvila.com/articles/low-water-pressure/
Are you experiencing low pressure through the ENTIRE home?
Bob says –
The first step in fixing the problem is determining its cause. Let’s say that you’ve recently purchased a home with low water pressure. First consult with neighbors to find out whether the issue plagues the entire community. If it does, you can install a water pressure booster, which operates by increasing the pressure of water on its way from the main water line to your kitchen and bathroom fixtures.
He goes on to say – In situations where everyone in your neighborhood but you has good pressure, the source may be a water pressure reducing valve.
Check to see that a previous owner added a regulator to limit the force of water diverted from the municipal supply line.
First you want to determine if you have one; if you discover one, and ask a plumber to adjust the setting so that it allows a higher flow rate. Call us (512) 551-0789
No water pressure reducing valve?
Check that your main shut-off valve is open all the way; if it’s not, you can turn the knob yourself, without having to hire a plumber.
Another possible cause of low water pressure is a leak in the main. Check your garage for visual evidence of a leak, or head outdoors to inspect the ground where your main meets the street. Assuming the weather has been dry and this year we’ve had so much rain it may be hard to tell, but a wet spot here suggests the need for professional assistance. Don’t attempt to do this yourself.
Is it just a Fixture like your Shower head that is low pressure?
Bob’s got some great advise here.
In a home with otherwise adequate water pressure, it’s not uncommon for one or two fixtures to trickle weakly when they should powerfully cascade. A poorly performing faucet is likely to have a clogged aerator. Unscrew the nozzle and look for signs of buildup. If the piece needs to be cleaned, soak it in a vinegar-water solution; if that doesn’t work, buy a replacement (they’re inexpensive). Austin has hard water so you’re likely to see a lot of buildup – what comes next is a way to test your fixture.
While the aerator is off, turn on the faucet to be sure you’ve pinpointed the issue. If low water pressure persists, the problem may not be the aerator after all but rather a clog in the line to the sink. Especially prevalent in older homes with galvanized piping (within which mineral deposits accumulate over time), clogged lines are best handled by a plumber. Yes, we’re available for that as well.
Is it only the Hot Water that has low pressure?
If you experience low pressure only from the hot water outputs in your house, blame it on your water heater. First, make sure the shut-off valve to the tank is fully open. If it already is, or if opening it completely doesn’t help matters, call in a plumber to evaluate the appliance.
Give us a call and we’re happy to come out and confirm your results and help you get the water pressure back to a more comfortable level for you and your family. Call (512) 551-0789