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Under Pressure! How To Deal With Low Water Pressure

21st September 2015

As we mentioned in this article, a leaky tap can be quite a nuisance. But did you know a leaky or slow dripping tap is also a sign of low water pressure?


What causes low water pressure?


Low water pressure can be triggered by a few factors and in some cases all factors combine, so you will need to work through our list to check what it could be. Most often, low water pressure is caused by debris in water. This debris could be anything from old, rusting pipes which are in need of replacement, to dirt particles picked up as water travels along pipework. The size of your pipes may also be a reason why you are getting only a faint trickle of water when you switch on the tap.


Another reason behind your wimpy water pressure could be down to a weak mains supply, so you will need to check your water company or ask your neighbours if they are also having similar problems.


It is also more common for rural areas and high-rise accommodation to have low water pressure, as they are further from the main water supply, but even if you live in a built-up area, low water pressure can still be a problem.


How can I fix low water pressure?


It is always a good idea to have a plumbing maintenance routine, including thoroughly cleaning shower heads and taps, unscrewing connecting pipes and rinsing with vinegar and hot water to remove any build up and allow water to flow as it should and at the right pressure.


To combat a dirt and mineral build-up on taps and shower heads, install filters and the water that you drink and bathe in will be much more pleasant and less likely to be hard water, which can lessen the efficiency of detergents, shower gels and shampoo.


If you’re still not having any luck then try installing a water pressure booster. There are a lot of products on the market so you will easily find one to suit your needs.

If you call us today, we can book a free plumbing inspection report with your next paid service.

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