There can be all sorts of reasons for low water pressure at your home. The first thing to do, before having your home re-piped, is determining if the problem is just coming from a single room or faucet within your home or all of your water supply lines.
If it appears the problem is with your entire home, check with your neighbors to see if they, too, have low water pressure. If multiple homes in your subdivision are affected, then the problem could be with the city water supply system.
If this is the case, then you should contact your local water municipality provider and make them aware of the problem. Otherwise, if it is just your home that is experiencing low water pressure, you will want to have your plumber do a detailed plumbing inspection to help narrow down the problem further.
Step 1: Check to make sure all water supply lines are fully open.
Check your water main shutoff and your water meter valve, if you have city water, to make sure both of these supply lines are fully opened. If they are not, open them fully, then check the water pressure inside your home to see if the problem is fixed.
Step 2: Replace the affected faucets/fixtures.
If the low water pressure problem is just in one room of the home, there could be buildup inside the fixtures that is restricting water flow. Contact your local plumbing company to arrange a faucet repair service.
Step 3: Check your water pressure regulator and/or water pressure-reducing valve.
If your home has a pressure regulator or pressure-reducing valve, these could be the cause for low water pressure if they are failing or not set correctly. It is highly recommended to contact a professional plumber for assistance in adjusting these devices or replacing them to avoid causing more plumbing problems.
Step 4: Have a pressure regulator or pressure booster installed.
If everything else is in order, you can help boost water pressure in your home by having your plumber install a pressure regulator or pressure booster. A pressure booster is an electronic device that helps pressurize the water and keeps it inside a small storage tank. As the pressurized water is used, the device turns on and pressurizes the water coming into your home through the water main.
Step 5: Have your water supply lines replaced.
If you have an older home or well water, the problem for low water pressure could be from scale and sediment buildup inside the water supply lines. These deposits can create restrictions in water flow, which lowers the pressure. A whole-house plumbing re-piping service from a qualified plumber is the best solution if this is the cause of the low water pressure.
While re-piping can fix low water pressure problems in your home, you need to verify that this is the cause of the low water pressure. Simply replacing the water supply lines without checking the other plumbing items mentioned above will not guarantee the problem will be fully resolved.
For assistance in troubleshooting low water pressure problems in your Katy or Greater Houston Area home, please feel free to contact MET Plumbing & Air Conditioning at 281-603-9949 to schedule a residential plumbing inspection today!