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How to Fix Low Water Pressure

By July 12, 2017No Comments

Fixing Low Water Pressure

When trying to solve water pressure issues, you first need to figure out whether or not the problem is affecting your entire house. If it is only one problem area, great! By focusing on this one area, you can usually solve the issue yourself. If not, Lowery is here to help you fix all your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning needs.

Shower

If you’re experiencing low water pressure while you’re trying to take a shower, there are two things you can try to resolve the issue. The first is cleaning your showerhead. Sometimes showerheads build up deposits that affect the water pressure. You can unscrew the showerhead and put it into a bowl of vinegar for 8 hours to clean it.

However, you might need to buy a replacement. If there is enough water pressure coming from the tub faucet, your issue is probably being caused by an old showerhead.

Toilet

Low water levels cause your toilet to fill slowly. To check and see if your water level is low, take the lid off the back of your toilet tank. The water should be about 1 inch above the overflow tube in the middle of the tank. If it’s not, you will need to adjust the float inside of the tank.

For a ball float, you will need to turn the screw on top of the fill valve clockwise until your water goes to the level you need.

Bathroom Faucets

If you’re experiencing low water pressure in your bathroom faucet, it is usually because the aerator is dirty or broken. The aerator is a screen screwed onto the end of your faucet, designed to incorporate air into your water stream to make a more even flow.

To see if your aerator is the problem, unscrew it from the bottom of the faucet and check your water pressure. You should be able to remove the aerator with your hand, but if you’re having more difficulty, you can use a pair of pliers. Tip: To prevent scratching, put a thin cloth between the pliers and the aerator.

If the water pressure is higher without the aerator, you either need to clean the one you have or replace it with a new one. To clean your aerator, place it in a cup of white vinegar and let it soak overnight.

Kitchen Faucets

Like the bathroom faucets, most of the time, low water pressure is caused by a dirty or broken aerator. Follow the same steps as above to clean and check the aerator. If the problem continues, there may be a bigger issue, so you can always contact Lowery to help you figure out what the problem may be.

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