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Low water pressure can be a frustrating problem, and not always easy to pinpoint. That’s because low water pressure is caused by a number of different factors. So how should a determined home owner launch their own personal investigation before determining if a plumber is needed to solve the problem?

The first thing to do is find out if it’s a whole-house or single-fixture problem. If you have low water pressure at only one source, like a bathroom faucet, chances are it’s being caused by a clogged faucet aerator. Unscrew it and all its parts, and inspect them carefully for dirt or any other build-up, like lime scale. If you’re able to clean the aerator assembly yourself, and it’s not rusted, screw it back on and the problem should be solved. If not, you might need to call a plumber after all.

On the other hand, let’s you have low water pressure throughout your home. Here are a few of the most common causes:

  • Shutoff valves. If a water shutoff valve is even slightly turned from the “on” position, it can cause your water pressure to drop. Check every shutoff valve from the street to your house to ensure they are all fully turned on.
  • Water leaks. Leaks in your pipes – hidden or otherwise – will cause water pressure to drop as water travels through the system. Can’t readily spot a leak, even after checking upstairs, downstairs, and outdoor? Then shut off your main water valve, jot down the meter reading, wait a couple of hours, then check the meter again. If the meter has moved, you probably have a leak.
  • Mineral deposits. Mineral deposit can build up inside your pipes in two ways: from hard water conditions or gradual erosion from galvanized iron pipes, something found quite often in older homes. As these deposits build up, water has less room to flow and that makes it more difficult for it to reach its source.

If you haven’t found a quick fix for you low water pressure problem, then it’s probably time to contact CT Mechanical Solutions for prompt service, expert problem diagnosis, and the kind of repair service that will meet or exceed your expectations. What’s more, we provide guaranteed upfront price quotes for your added piece of mind.