Under Pressure?

If you’ve noticed that the water pressure in your house is low or becoming lower over time – relax. You’re not alone. And the good news is, once the problem is identified, the fix should be a fairly easy one. 1st Home and Commercial Services are licensed plumbers in Austin, TX who are well versed in helping homeowners identify and address pressure points in their home plumbing systems.

There are many possible causes of low water pressure:

  • The main water line supplying your home could have a kink in it that’s restricting water flow
  • That line could be partially obstructed with deposits
  • You may have an inline water filter that’s clogged with debris
  • If your home is older and has galvanized iron water pipes, the horizontal pipes that run under floor joists could also be clogged.

Some people experience low water pressure in showers, and kitchen and bathroom faucets. To comply with federal water-use regulations, shower heads contain flow restrictors. Unfortunately, tiny pieces of sediment can clog the openings in these restrictors, and when enough openings are clogged, water pressure drops quickly.

Water pressure drops significantly at a kitchen and bathroom vanity faucets for the same reason. But in this case, the pieces of sediment clog holes in the aerator that creates the uniform flow of water.

Shutoff valves within your system could also be causing the problem. Perhaps someone turned down the main shutoff valve at your house for a repair, and didn’t open it up fully after they finished the repair.

Your home water pressure might also be suffering because of a faulty water pressure relief valve. You can determine this by installing a water pressure gauge on each side of the pressure relief valve or a pressure-reducing valve.

1st Home and Commercial Services are also licensed plumbers in Buda, TX and Kyle, TX.