Having low water pressure in your home is not a plumbing emergency, but it is an annoying problem! Low water pressure can be fixed most of the time with some DIY home plumbing. Here’s how to fix low water pressure in your home’s plumbing fixtures!
Low water pressure in your sink
Check both the hot and cold faucets on your sink. It both of your faucets have low water pressure, there is most likely build-up in your aerator. You can easily clean your aerator by unscrewing it from the end of your faucet and removing any debris that may be stuck inside. Once you screw your aerator back in place your water should be flowing at full force again!
Low water pressure in your shower
You will first need to measure the flow of your shower head. To do this, turn on the shower at full power and put a 5-gallon bucket underneath. Time how long it takes to fill the bucket and then do 5 divided by the time to determine your shower’s gallons per minute (gpm). If your shower’s gpm is less than 2, you might want to get a higher flow showerhead. The maximum legal gpm for showers in the US is 2.5, and this level of water pressure will provide you with the perfect shower!
Another way to improve low water pressure in your shower is to clean your shower head. Debris or other materials build up naturally over time in your showerhead, and they could be blocking water from coming through. Take off your shower head and soak it in white vinegar for 8 hours. Then, scrub the debris from the showerhead and remove blockage from the small holes with a toothpick. Your shower will flow stronger than ever!
If you’ve tried these DIY methods and still are experiencing low water pressure, give our team of plumbing experts a call today! We’ll get things flowing again in no time.