Experiencing low water pressure can make any task involving water difficult. From the ability to rinse the shampoo from your hair to the long wait on a sink to fill, low water pressure is not a situation any homeowner chooses. A lower than normal water pressure probably indicates a problem with your plumbing in Katy. We can provide the solution you need for low water pressure when you contact a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumber in Katy.
Temporary low water pressure can be due to current municipal repairs on the water system, or municipal water leaks. Before calling for a plumber in Katy, check with your water supplier to ensure the municipal supply isn’t the cause.
Shut Off Valves
Many homes have shut off valves on plumbing fixtures as an added convenience. If the low water pressure is limited to a single location, check the shutoff valve, ensuring it is on.
Low water pressure is a common sign of a water leak. When no signs of a leak are noticeable, provide the water meter test. Read the water meter, and ensure no family member uses any water inside or outside of the home for one hour. Recheck the meter reading, a change in the reading indicates a leak. When the water meter test indicates a leak in your home’s plumbing, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg plumber in Katy for plumbing repair.
When low water is only located at one site, and that site is a sink or the shower, check the aerator. On a faucet, the aerator screws onto the end. Remove the aerator and turn the water on. If the water pressure is normal, the aerator needs to be cleaned by soaking in vinegar and gently scrubbing with a soft brush or replaced.
You can provide the same ‘test’ of a showerhead by removing the head and turning the water on. If the water flow is normal, the showerhead is clogged, most likely with hard water sediment. Soak the showerhead in vinegar for a couple of hours, after ensuring the finish will not be damaged. Test the finish by applying vinegar in an inconspicuous location. Once the showerhead has soaked scrub with a soft brush to remove remaining buildup and soak in 30-minute increments if necessary. Use a straightened paper clip to clear any remaining debris in the holes.
If your shower head is not removable, use a watertight bag filled with enough vinegar to completely cover the showerhead, and secure with a thick rubber band. If cleaning doesn’t resolve the clogged shower head when normal water pressure is present, replace it.
Galvanized pipe rusts from the inside out, providing poor water quality, and placing your home at risk of serious damage. The rough interior caused by the corrosion captures mineral buildup and will lead to blockage in the pipe interior. The blockage is what leads to low water pressure.
When your home contains a corroded galvanized pipe, the solution is repiping of your home’s plumbing. There are a number of reliable pipe materials available, with an option for almost any budget. Contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg in Katy to schedule plumbing installation, repair or other plumbing services.
Mineral buildup can occur even in the absence of pipe corrosion. Hard water contains minerals, which cling to, and gradually build upon the pipe’s interior, resulting in a blockage. Give us a call to schedule a water line repair with a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Katy.
Pressure Regulator Problems
A pressure regulator is installed when the incoming water pressure from the water authority is excessively high. It protects the home’s plumbing in Katy, and water-using appliances from the damaging effects of high water pressure. When a pressure regulator fails, it can allow the water in with its full pressure, or it can block or completely occlude the water flow to your home.
The installation or replacement of a pressure regulator requires the services of a licensed plumber. Contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg in Katy for PRV replacement or installation.
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg in Katy has the expertise to provide the professional plumbing services you require. Our plumbers will identify the cause of your home’s low water pressure, and provide the plumbing repair that you need. We serve Katy, Sugar Land, Houston, and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.