Salt Lake City Office
963 Folsom Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT 84104-1130
At Whipple Plumbing, we’re experts in all forms of plumbing repair, from huge issues down to the smallest considerations. One of the most common problems we see with our clients? Low water pressure, which can signal a larger issue somewhere else in the plumbing system that needs to be corrected before it causes major cost issues.
In some cases, you’ll be able to solve water pressure issues on your own. In others, our plumbers might be needed. In either case, knowing some of the causes of water pressure in the home, and where to find them, is important. Let’s take a look.
The showerhead can often be the cause of water pressure issues – it might simply be time to change yours out. Modern versions of low-flow showerheads are designed to lower your water usage without decreasing the pressure, but certain older low-flow models may create pressure issues.
Corrosion and other forms of buildup are common in older pipes, especially galvanized pipes. If corrosion becomes too built up over time, it can lead to water pressure that’s significantly lowered – along with other problems. In some cases, replacement of the pipes that have worn down will be necessary.
Even if a leak in the plumbing system isn’t directly near the fixture that’s experiencing low water pressure, it could be causing it. In many cases, the water bill is actually where you notice this – your bill will be much higher than normal as your system attempts to compensate for a leak by pumping more water through the pipes. If you notice a rise in the bill and can’t explain it otherwise, this could be the case.
Most modern faucets and showerheads come with an aerator located in the tip. This helps for saving water, filtering debris and preventing random splashing. However, mineral deposits can build up on these screens over time – this can be another cause of lowered water pressure. Luckily, fixing this is as simple as soaking the aerators in white vinegar for a few hours.
To learn more about common causes of plumbing leaks, or to find out about any of our other plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the pros at Whipple Plumbing today.