There's nothing worse than turning on your showerhead and seeing that only a little bit of water is coming out. If this has happened to you before, your home may have low water pressure. There are a couple of reasons why this is happening. Luckily, most of them are an easy fix - some you can even do yourself! Here's how to increase the water pressure in your home:
Fix the blockage
One of the most common reasons why people experience low water pressure is because there is a blockage in their pipes. If these pipes aren't cleaned properly materials build up over time and stick to the insides of the pipes. You can pick up a chemical solution at your local hardware store that can flush out the buildup so your water pressure goes back to normal. Or, however, one of our professional Roto-Rooter plumbers could also fix the problem for you.
Upgrade your pipes
Most homes get water from underground lines from municipal water companies. Underground, the water pressure is high, but due to friction in the transfer, sometimes water loses its momentum and pressure. This could be due to the size of your pipes. Replacing your old fixtures with newer, smaller pipes where water can run faster and more smoothly could do the trick.
Check the water heater
Sometimes the problem is easier to fix than you think. If you're experiencing low pressure, inspect your water heater. Somewhere down the road, it could have been turned down. Make sure it's operating at full capacity.
Clean your faucets and showerheads
Over time, faucets can catch dirt or sediment in the aerator, preventing your water from flowing freely. First, try to disassemble the faucet and clean it out. Soak the parts in a solution made of equal parts white vinegar and water for about three hours. The same thing goes for a showerhead. After that, clean off the fixtures, replace anything if it's broken and put all the pieces back together. Turn on the faucet or the showerhead, and see if there is any difference in the water pressure. If not, you may need a new fixture. If that still doesn't do the trick, call a professional Roto-Rooter plumber to take a look.