What causes low water pressure in plumbing?

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Most homeowners aren’t too bothered with low water pressure on their property unless it begins to cause problems. For instance, if your shower doesn’t offer a sufficient pressure of water or your dishwasher doesn’t work as well as it should, you would begin to notice the problem. Once you notice that the water pressure in your home isn’t as high as it generally is, it’s best to contact good plumbing professionals like the ones at Wilco Plumbing.

The causes

There are a number of causes of low water pressure in plumbing such as:

  • Debris Build-Up– Most people assume that only sewer lines & drains can become clogged; however, that isn’t the case. Even water that comes to you from municipal lines can have a certain amount of debris. This generally includes dirt, sand, and pollutants etc. While these particles may be present in very negligible amounts, they can eventually build-up and clog your pipes.

Mineral build-up within the pipes reduces the water pressure and creates a blockage. If all the faucets and showers in your home have low water pressure, it simply means your main lines are clogged. In these situations, we inspect the pipe and then decide which section has a mineral build-up, and use specialised plumbing chemicals to fix the problem.

  • Corrosion- If the pipes in your home are made of galvanized iron or steel, they will have a lifespan of about 20 years. The insides of these pipes would eventually corrode over time and result in blockages. This is one of the common reasons of low water pressure in older homes with older plumbing. There isn’t much that can be done in this case and replacement becomes the only solution. Modern materials like PVC are far more resilient and last longer. We at Wilco Plumbing can help with installation of these new plumbing systems.
  • Leaks – If any of the pipes on your property are leaking, that too can result in low water pressure. If the leakage is inside the structure, you can identify where it is by checking which areas and faucets receive low water pressure. Once you have a clear idea about where the leakage may be, you can then get the system inspected and the problem fixed by experts.

If you leave a low water pressure problem unaddressed for a very long time, that can cause the problem to aggravate and the blockage will only worsen. The best way to prevent this is to call us the minute you notice any low water pressure issues in your home.