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How To Check For Low Water Pressure In Your Home

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 Low water pressure in your home could be due to many different factors. Low water pressure problems within your home requires a Mississauga plumbing expert like LicensedPlumbers.ca to help diagnose the problem and find a solution to the faulty water pressure. If you are having low water pressure at your home, whether it be the entire house or just an isolated room, please call us today and we will be glad to help assist you and solve your low water pressure problem quickly and at low plumbing cost rates.

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 It could be water friction, or it could be blockage. At any rate, many things can cause low water pressure, from simple things like the shut-off valve being left unopened or a clogged pipe. A plumber may start diagnosing the issue by checking if both cold and hot water have low pressure or whether the problem is only on the cold side or only on the hot side. Another primary step for a plumber would be to check the size of service pipe entering the home. Standard minimum service pipe size in Ontario is 3/4" (newer homes may also have 1") but some older homes may still have a 5/8" size or 1/2" service pipe size entering the home. The smaller the diameter of the service pipe, the more likely the home may have low water pressure problems. Below is step by step instructions on how a plumber may troubleshoot a possible low water pressure problem in your home. 



How To Check For Low Water Pressure In Your Home

Step 1: The plumber would check all locations in your home whether they have high or low water pressure. Usual suspects would be the kitchen, bathroom, laundry, outdoor bibs and taps and any fixtures.

Step 2:  The plumber would check all faucets to see if you only have low water pressure in a particular location, such as the bathroom or whether the problem is happening to the entire home. Remove the end of the tap aerator and turn on the water. If the water flow is normal then the faucet isn’t the problem. Examine the aerator as well for any pressure drop; clean it and replace the aerator if required.

Step 3:  A plumber would examine the hot water tank heater if low water pressure only affects your hot water or if the problem is both cold water and hot water. Verify if the shut-off valve is turned on. If the valve becomes turned slightly, it can reduce your water pressure by creating fricition in the water supply lines.

Step 4: Look at the Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) if you have one installed in your home. The PRV is usually located on the same line where it enters the home. It is shaped like a bell, so it’s easy to identify. A plumber may need to see whether adjustment affects the water pressure or not. If it is broken, replacement may be necessary.

Step 5: A plumber may inspect the main cold water shut-off valve at the water meter. If it is turned slightly, then low water pressure may result by friction in the line. The main cold water shut-off valve should be fully turned open. 

Step 6: A plumber may recommend to replace plumbing and piping in your home. Depending on the severity of the water pressure, it is best to locate for the faulty piping and replace it. If it is an old house, it is best to replace all the pipes since there might be clogs and sedimentation occurring within the piping. This is necessary to return the water pressure back to normal.

Step 7: Have the plumber, or yourself investigate further whether you have a water leak in your house or not. Ask your neighbours if they have water pressure issues, too. If they do, then there might be a leak in the lines. Report this immediately to your local plumbing company and have them do a check of your home for leaks.

Also, check your outdoor lines and hose bibs for leaks. If your water bills are higher than usual, it is likely you may have a leak. Call a local plumber for professional repairs.

Step 8: Be attentive to when your water pressure fluctuates. Water pressure may decrease during peak hours of usage, like say in the mornings and early evenings when people get home and shower and use other water based fixtures.

If you require a Mississauga plumbing expert for your home residential plumbing repairs, call LicensedPlumbers.ca at 647.786.4353 and speak with a licensed plumber.

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