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Why Do I Have Bad Water Pressure?

Posted on: February 22, 2024

If you’re trying to wash dishes, take a shower, or run a bath only to realize water isn’t flowing as quickly as it should, it’s easy to get frustrated. Low water pressure is one of the most annoying problems a homeowner can deal with. While bad water pressure is often something short-lived, when it becomes a common trend in your home, it’s necessary to address it.

Bad water pressure can be caused by a few different things. If you’re struggling with low water pressure, the Bud Matthews Services team has what you need to know about ways this problem can be handled so you can get back to your usual activities.

Signs of Low Water Pressure

When you notice the flow of water from your showerhead isn’t as fast or as strong as it used to be, or it’s taking longer than usual to fill your bathtub, you could be dealing with low water pressure. Other signs of bad water pressure include large pressure loss from a faucet or water fixture, your dishwasher or washing machine taking longer to run a cycle, and a trickling faucet, even when turned all the way on. In some cases, bad water pressure could lead to flooding due to leaking pipes.

Common Causes of Bad Water Pressure

There are many reasons why you could be struggling with bad water pressure. A few that we’ve seen during house calls include the following:

  • The main valve is partially closed.
  • Using too many water appliances at once.
  • The water meter valve not being fully open.
  • Issues with plumbing fixtures.
  • Water supply problems.

Clogged water lines and leaking water pipes can also cause issues with water pressure. Ultimately, the only way to know for sure what’s causing bad water pressure in your home is to have a plumbing services professional assess the issue.

While you shouldn’t try to troubleshoot any plumbing issues on your own since this could lead to even more widespread issues or leaks, you can perform some basic checks.

For example, check to make sure any faucets around your home aren’t running at the same time when performing a check and that there are no obvious leaks or flooding. After you’ve done these easy checks, you can reach out to a plumbing professional for the next steps.

What to Do If Your Home Has Low Water Pressure

There’s never a good time to realize you have bad water pressure.

However, after you check faucets and other water sources in your home, it’s a good idea to reach out to your neighbors to see if they are also having water pressure issues. If there are concerns with the localized water supply, it’s likely affecting multiple homes. You can also call your local water company to see if there are any reported problems. The water company might be able to provide insight into known issues and give you a timeline for when they’ll be fixed.

However, the single best way to react when you realize you have low water pressure is to contact your local plumber

Bud Matthews Services offers a full range of plumbing services throughout the Chapel Hill area. We can help you diagnose and fix the cause of your low water pressure so you can get back to normal operations in no time flat.

Fix Your Water Pressure Today

The team at Bud Matthews Services knows how frustrating bad water pressure can be. From emergency plumbing concerns to tricky water valve problems, we’ve seen it all. As a family-owned business, you can rely on us to provide friendly, supportive services when you need them. Contact us today for all your plumbing and bad water pressure needs!

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