What Causes Low Water Pressure in Taps?

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Low water pressure in faucets is a common problem most homeowners face in Sydney. While some blame it on the city’s water regulations, the issue commonly results from burst or corroded pipes. The standard water pressure in your home should be between 40 and 60 Psi. If you have less than 40 Psi, you are most likely experiencing a water pressure problem.

What Causes Low Water Pressure in Taps?

  • Pipe Leakage- Flooding is a clear sign that you have a pipe leakage. However, it doesn’t have to take a leak of that magnitude to have low water pressure in your home. Minor leakages can misdirect the water supply to a point where you may fail to get sufficient flow even when everything else is working appropriately.
  • Corroded Pipes- Galvanised steel pipes often begin corroding after 20 years, while copper pipes have a useful life of 50 years. You’ll probably have corroded pipes if you live in an older house where piping hasn’t been recently updated.
  • Clogged Pipes- One clogged pipe in your plumbing system can reduce the water pressure in your taps or throughout the system.
  • Pressure Regulator Failure- To make the water supply level in your home safe, your plumbing system may have a pressure regulator attached to your plumbing system. Contact a professional and reliable plumbing contractor for a pressure regulator failure diagnosis.

How Do I Increase the Water Pressure in My Tap?

Before you reach out to the city water authorities, you can use a water pressure meter to test your home’s water pressure. Then, you can try to contact your neighbours or the local government to check whether other households around the area are experiencing the same problem. If the problem only exists in your home, consider:

  • Adjusting the pressure regulator- City water supply systems often have pressure regulators installed in each home. You can try changing the pressure regulator but avoid doing it excessively. However, if you’re unsure about it, consider contacting your local plumber.
  • Flashing your Water Heater- If your hot water system’s taps have low water pressure, that may be an indication that your water tank is blocked. It’s advisable to have your water heater flushed once annually. Scheduling a maintenance service with Wilco Plumbing can be an excellent way to ensure your water heater is flushed frequently.
  • Investing in a Water Pressure Booster Pump- A booster pump can help regulate the water pressure in your showerheads or taps. With a water pressure booster, you can use multiple water outlets without experiencing low water pressure.

Contact Us Today to Schedule an Inspection

Low water pressure can be quite an inconvenience. If you are fed up with low water pressure in your home’s taps, get in touch with the team at Wilco Plumbing today. Our experts will be in your home shortly to offer a solution to your home’s water pressure and pipe relining problem .