Low water pressure is a common plumbing problem and a frustrating one. Low water pressure is unfortunately for some water systems, normal. When this is the cause of your low water pressure, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg in Sugar Land can assist you in providing higher water pressure. For all other homeowners, the cause can be due to a variety of issues that are fairly easy to diagnose. In the following, we will discuss some of the causes and their correction with water line repair in Sugar Land.
Corrosion and/or Hard Water Buildup
When low water pressure is localized to a single location, it is typically a result of corroded pipes or hard water buildup inside the faucet or a water supply line. Homeowners with older homes may have corroded plumbing, especially if the pipe material involved is a galvanized pipe. When this is the case, it isn’t unusual to see rusty water. Galvanized pipe rusts over time, resulting in blockage and leaks. There are a number of modern pipe materials available on the market, with an option for your budget, and a solution for repiping your home with water line repair in Sugar Land.
Furthermore, when low water pressure affects all taps, any one of a number of problems may be the potential cause. These will have to be ruled out one at a time. If you require a plumber to identify your low water pressure problem and provide water line repair in Sugar Land, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg.
Low Water Pressure in All Taps
A water leak can cause low water pressure and is one of the most overlooked signs of a leak. A water meter test provides a simple means of ruling out a water leak. Turn off automatic water users such as the ice maker. Obtain a meter reading and write it down. Recheck the meter in one hour. If it hasn’t moved you do not have a leak. However, if the test indicates that you have a leak, schedule water line repair in Sugar Land, with a Benjamin Franklin plumber before further damage to your home can occur.
A failed pressure regulator can result in a regulator wide open, with potentially damaging high water pressure entering your home, or it can fail partially closed or completed closed, blocking or reducing the flow of water into the home. Replacing a pressure regulator involves cutting into the water main and is not a DIY job for the average homeowner. Contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber for water line repair in Sugar Land. In addition, ensure the water main valve is open. It is possible it has been turned intentionally or accidentally. Verify it is open before calling a plumber.
Low Water Pressure at Single Tap
Low water pressure present in a single tap will involve a problem with the fixture or the water line supplying it. Use the following to narrow the problem down:
The showerhead may be clogged with hard water deposits. This can be resolved by replacement or cleaning. Unscrew the showerhead and turn on the faucet. If adequate pressure is present, the problem is within the showerhead. The buildup will be visible as a white or gray deposit. If cleaning it doesn’t restore normal water pressure to replace the showerhead. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Sugar Land can provide the plumbing repair that you require.
Bathroom and Kitchen Faucet
Check the aerator by unscrewing and removing it. Test the faucet with the aerator off, if it has good pressure clean the aerator with vinegar or replace it.
Hard Water Buildup
In areas with hard water, minerals and debris can collect within the aerator. Removing the aerator and cleaning all its parts with vinegar should free up the water flow. For stubborn deposits, soaking the parts for an hour to overnight in vinegar will dissolve the minerals, and make cleaning easier. Your Benjamin Franklin plumber can provide you with a water softener to prevent the damage hard water can cause to plumbing and water-using appliances, such as the water heater.
If the water pressure is low with the aerator off, the problem could be in the faucet itself or the water supply pipe. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Sugar Land can provide the faucet repair or water line repair in Sugar Land that you need.
A slow filling toilet may be due to a faulty fill valve. However, if the replacement doesn’t correct the problem, the toilet may require a new water supply line. A Benjamin Franklin plumber can provide the water line repair in Sugar Land that you require.
Water supply lines can become blocked due to the buildup of minerals from hard water. It is especially likely in smaller lines such as those supplying a toilet. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Sugar Land has the skill and expertise to provide the repair you need. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg can diagnose the cause of your home’s low water pressure and provide the necessary water line repair in Sugar Land, or other required plumbing repair to correct it. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg serves Sugar Land, Katy, Houston, and surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.