Upgrading Your Pipes

Water Pressure Problems? Know What Can Be Done To Fix It

Is your home suffering from a problem with low water pressure? If so, you will likely be looking for ways that you can fix it and get the water flowing properly once again. Here are some ways that you can improve water pressure.

Clean Your Pipes

It's possible that your water pressure is due to a problem with the water pipes being clogged. For instance, there may be pipes that are small, pipes that have clogs in them, or pipes with debris and sediment blocking the path of the water. It is worth having a plumber assist with cleaning out your pipes with air pressure to remove anything that could be in them. 

Replace Your Pipes

If you have galvanized plumbing in your home, be aware that the metal pipe is likely rusting on the inside. The rust is going to limit the diameter of the pipe's interior, which slows down the water pressure to each faucet the pipe leads to. The best solution to this problem will be to replace the galvanized plumbing with a material that will not rust on the inside, such as copper or PEX. You'll see an immediate difference as soon as the new plumbing is installed.

Clean or Replace Your Showerheads

If the poor water pressure is limited to your shower, you may have an issue with the showerhead fixture itself. Start by trying to clean the showerhead by soaking it in white vinegar. This should loosen any hard minerals that are inside the small holes of the showerhead and help the water flow much better. If that doesn't fix the problem, you may need to replace the fixture with a brand new one. Then consider a water filtration system to remove the minerals that are causing these clogs in your showerhead.

Flush Your Water Heater Tank

Sediment may be getting into your pipes through your hot water heater, which has minerals collecting on the inside of the tank and traveling through the hot water pipes. It will help to periodically flush water out of your water heater tank to remove all of the sediment inside it. All you need to do is remove a couple gallons from the spigot on the bottom of the tank until the water is coming out clear and free of sediment. Not only will this help improve water pressure with the hot water, but it will also improve the lifespan of your hot water heater.

For more information and assistance, contact local plumbing services