How to fix low water pressure

We’ve all had that uncomfortable experience.

You’re taking a hot shower, and being soothed by the strong water pressure.  Then, suddenly, everything is ruined.

The water gets weak.  It devolves from forceful spray to limp stream.  You have to adjust the shower head just to be able catch the runoff.

Hopefully you weren’t too soapy; otherwise you’ll be in there for a while.

Showers may be the worst victims of low flow, but it can affect other fixtures in the home as well.  From toilets to sinks to outdoor faucets, we depend on a solid performance from our water.

Convenience is a big part of it, but residents of San Diego need it for practical reasons.  North County homeowners can’t effectively wash their cars in the driveway if the hose doesn’t work.

Surfers at Pacific Beach can’t clean the sand off their wet suits if the public showers don’t function properly.

If you’re having a problem with flow in your home, and you just can’t seem to fix it on your own, it’s time to contact a professional.  For low water pressure repair San Diego residents can count on, Boyd Rogers is available to help.

From the Gaslamp Quarter to Rancho Santa Fe, our trained professionals know the ins and outs of plumbing infrastructure.  We have the skills and knowledge to look in the right places, and appropriately address the problem.

However, if you want to try to identify the issue on your own before contacting others for help, there are a few simple ways to check for the source of low water pressure in your home.

Process of elimination      

Start by looking at all of the different fixtures in your house.  The water in the shower may be problematic, but what about the kitchen sink?  The tub in the second bathroom?  Do they all have low water pressure, or just the one area?

Do some digging

If the problem is relegated to one particular fixture, remove the end of the faucet (most likely you’ll need a wrench).

Once you turn the water on, examine the flow.  If it’s not running at normal strength, then it’s not blocked.

If the pressure increases, you can also try looking closely at your aerator.  Remove any gunk or debris and re-affix it.

Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV)

You’ll be able to identify the PRV because it’s shaped like a bell.  Typically located on the line where it enters your home or office, you can make slight adjustments.

See if these changes affect the water pressure.

The water heater

If only the hot water is affected by the subpar pressure, then examine your water heater.

Find the shut-off valve, and make sure it’s not shut off.  Even if the valve is only slightly ticked away from its normal position, it may change the performance of the water.

If you’re still not convinced, call us to inspect the lines into the heater.  You probably wouldn’t be able to notice blockages, but we have ways of detecting them.

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