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Why Does My Home Have Low Water Pressure?

sunny-plumber-doorwayYou turn on the shower, and the water flow that comes from the showerhead is weak. It doesn’t change, and you’re having a hard time getting clean. What’s happening, and what can you do to fix it?

If the low water pressure is only coming from a single tap in the house, such as the showerhead we just mentioned above, then the problem is a local one. You may need to clean out the aerator for the faucet or have repairs done to remove buildup in the pipes. If the water pressure is low all around the house, and no matter which faucet you turn on you’re getting only a trickle of water, then there is probably something wrong deeper down in the general plumbing system that needs to be addressed.

Below are a few of the more common causes for low water pressure occurring throughout a house.

Municipal problem

The first step to take when you notice low water pressure around the house (rather than at one tap) is to check if your neighbors are experiencing a similar trouble. If this is the case, then the loisn’t with your plumbing but an issue with the utility company. Call your local water company to find out when the issue will be resolved. 

Water main leaks

This is one of the bigger troubles that can be behind a drop in water pressure. The water main is your responsibility where it runs under your property, so if damage to the main is causing trouble in your house, you’ll have to arrange to have a plumber fix it. 

Hard water mineral buildup

Hard water is unfortunately common in Las Vegas, and the buildup of minerals from hard water inside pipes can lead to a drop in water pressure. You may need to have the pipes replaced, and we also recommend having a whole-house water softener installed to prevent the problem from returning. 

Broken pressure regulator

Has your home experienced trouble with high water pressure in the past? If so, you may have had a pressure regulator or pressure arrestor installed to fix it. You might have a pressure regulator installed and not realize it because the previous owner of the house purchased it. If this regulator malfunctions, it can lower the pressure too much around the house. You can have a plumber repair the regulator or replace it. 

Broken water filtration system

Water filtration systems, if installed correctly, will not interfere with a home’s water pressure … unless they malfunction. The water filtration system that is most likely to cause a change in water pressure is a reverse osmosis system. If you have an RO system for your home and notice a change in the water pressure, call on professional plumbers to investigate if the RO is the cause. 

We can handle whatever plumbing repair in Las Vegas, NV that your home needs. If you’re experiencing house-wide low water pressure, reach out to us and we’ll find the source of the problem and get it fixed. You can call us 24/7, and there are no extra charges for after-hours. 

Look to The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas to solve your plumbing troubles. Bright and Shiny and won’t show our Hiney.

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