It might have been coming on for some time, but all of a sudden you feel like you are showering in a stream of drips, or rinsing your hair or dishes takes longer than it used to take. What’s the problem? It could be low water pressure.
It’s frustrating for homeowners and commercial businesses alike. There’s nothing worse than trying to spray something clean and having no pressure behind the water. As experienced plumbers here at Fite Plumbing, we understand your frustration (after all, we are homeowners, too!). We also want you to know that low water pressure can be caused by several different situations:
- A clogged or dirty aerator – Many modern-day faucets and showerheads have an aerator built into them. The aerator saves water, filters out debris, and prevents splashing, but an aerator can also get clogged with mineral deposits and the buildup results in a lower flow of water.
- Old or low-flow showerheads – When was it that your showerhead was installed? If it’s been years, chances are that it is time to replace it. Likewise, if you installed a low-flow showerhead, it might be the culprit. You can save water with today’s showerheads without sacrificing that invigorating steamy stream you love to lather up in every morning.
- A leak somewhere in your home or building – A significant leak in your plumbing will often result in not only a higher water bill, but also lower water pressure. The problem with many leaks is that they are difficult to locate when they are still small. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a watchful eye on your bills and water pressure. If you can’t find a leak, that doesn’t mean there isn’t one. If something is amiss, call Fite Plumbing right away. We can track down a drip that is affecting your bill and pressure before it causes major damage.
- Corroded pipes – Just like minerals build up on aerators, pipes can corrode and minerals can build up inside old pipes and restrict the amount of water that can flow through them. The Fite team can help you determine the likelihood of corrosion and build-up in your pipes that might be affecting water pressure.
- Municipal water supply or a well pump malfunction – Sometimes a change in water pressure has nothing to do with the plumbing system inside your home or building. Sometimes it has to do with the supply source. If you have city-supplied water, a call to them will help determine if there is a problem. If you are on your own well, that again will require a plumber.
In the beginning, indoor plumbing was exciting, no matter how much water pressure there was. But today, well we all want our indoor plumbing to be a pleasure to enjoy and use – and that means good water pressure. Be watchful for changes in the force of the stream of water from your faucets and showerheads.
Some of the above issues can be handled by the handy DIY-er, but others, such as leaks and corrosive pipes definitely call for the experience and expertise of plumbing professionals. After years of being thanked for speedy and efficient repairs, Fite plumbers know that when it comes to water problems and plumbing, most people are happiest when they open the door and let the pros in. It’s not just that seasoned technicians arrive and know what to do, it’s that they can supply the best and most current products on the market.
So, if you notice your water trickling rather than streaming, you don’t have to fight the problem on your own, you’ve got Fite Plumbing in your corner. Call us today at 317-271-5400 or send us a message online. We are ready to get things flowing again.