Starting or ending your day with only a few trickles in the shower can be saddening and irritating. If you obtain a weak stream of water from your faucets and if it takes forever for your appliances to function, you have a low water pressure in your home. The good news is that there are several ways to boost low water pressure in your home. Here are a few methods.

Check for Leaky Pipes

Metal and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes can lose their efficiency over the years and therefore, develop cracks or holes, and start leaking. During winters, these pipes can even freeze and crack which eventually lead to leakage. Thoroughly inspect your home and look for drips and leaks from the visible plumbing pipes. If you notice wet patches on the walls, understand that the pipes concealed inside the walls are leaking. In both the cases, get the pipes fixed to restore good water pressure.

Unclog the Aerator
Low water pressure from your faucets can also be due to the clogged aerators in the faucets. Debris, dirt, and minerals mixed in water can deposit in the aerators and eventually clog the aerator holes. This reduces the speed of water from the faucets even if you don’t have a low water pressure problem in your home. Turn off the main water supply, unscrew the aerators, check if they are clogged, and clean them so that water can easily flow through them.

See if the Shut-Off Valve is Open

Check the main water shut-off valve in your home. It is generally located near the water meter. You may often turn it off for various reasons such as flushing the hot water tank or replacing a plumbing pipe or fixture. It may happen that you might have missed out on turning it on completely. Partially closed shut-off valve can also reduce the water pressure. Therefore, ensure that it is fully open.

Replace Old Metal Pipes
If you have an old house with metal pipes, they may encounter various issues that you may not know of. Copper and galvanized steel pipes can get corroded internally due to the reaction of their inner surface and hard water. Internal corrosion narrows down the passage for water and reduces the speed of the water. The best way to get rid of this problem is by replacing old metal pipes with PVC ones. Call our St. Albert plumbers and we will help you replace your plumbing pipes.

Install a Water Pressure Booster Pump
Even after doing all the above-mentioned tips, if you still 
have a low water pressure in your faucets and appliances, consider installing a water pressure booster pump. It can boost water pressure all over your house thus increasing the speed of water flow from the faucets.

Boosting water pressure in your home is quite easy with these tips. But that doesn’t mean you try to take up all of these tasks in your hands. It is always better to seek help from the professionals. You can always call our St. Albert plumbers for completing these tasks or carrying out any kind of plumbing repairs in your home.

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