So you turn on the shower and only a sad, little stream of water drizzles out of the shower head. Looks like it is going to take a lot of time and effort to wash your hair again. You can’t remember the last time you had a decent shower…
If you have low water pressure in your home, don’t suffer through another disappointing shower which leaves you more aggravated than relaxed!
Zeek Plumbing knows how to solve your pressure problem. We can quickly identify the cause and implement the best solution.
Low water pressure may be due to a number of things, including:
- Mineral deposit build-up – Over time, pipes may accumulate mineral deposit build-up. This is a common problem with faucets and shower heads which results in lower pressure. Try cleaning the shower head nozzle to see if this resolves the issue.
- Debris in the water – If your home has old, iron pipes that rust, the rust may break loose, causing a clog or restriction in the pipes. Also, depending on the season, there may be a certain amount of algae in the water that could accumulate to problematic amounts. Another possible hindrance to your water pressure could be due to the plastic pipe inside the water heater. Sometimes this pipe disintegrates and the pieces of plastic plug fixtures.
- Water Leaks – Check your pipes for damage or leaks. Leaks may cause low water pressure since not all of the water is flowing to your faucet. Water is being lost as it is leaking through the broken pipe. A good way to determine if you have a leak is to shut off the water valve in your home and record the meter reading showing on the water meter. After two hours read the water meter again. If the meter reading is greater than the initial reading, you have a leak.
- Pressure Reducing Valves – A Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) is a water device shaped like a bell and is often found after the water meter and before the water heater. It is possible that your PRV setting is too low.
If none of the above are the reason for your low water pressure, you may need to consider a booster pump, or constant pressure system. These types of pumps boost water pressure and maintain a steady pressure even when there is a high demand. Consult with the plumbers at Zeek Plumbing today to determine how to best remedy a most annoying household problems.