If you have noticed that the water pressure is low when running your sink or shower faucets, it is time to do some troubleshooting. While low pressure might seem harmless, it could be a sign that your plumbing is in need of repairs. Here are some ways to troubleshoot the low water pressure and figure out ways to repair it.
The first place you might notice low water pressure is with the bathroom sink faucets. When it is the sink faucet in the bathroom, you should first check the aerator. Faucet aerators are found on many faucets and are attached to the head of the faucet. If you have an aerator on your bathroom faucet, turn off the aerator and turn the faucet on. If the water pressure is better with the aerator off, then you know the aerator is the problem.
You should have it replaced right away. If the water pressure is still low, you know it is the faucet itself. Shut off the water source and disconnect the flex lines so the water goes into a bucket. Turn the water back on and see how the pressure is when it isn't going through the lines. This lets you know exactly where you are having the water pressure problem.
You might also be dealing with low water pressure when turning on the faucet in your shower or bathtub. While the pressure might also be low for the main bathtub faucet, it is more likely that the pressure problem occurs when you use the shower head. This usually occurs when there are hard water deposits clogging the shower head, which gives the water fewer spaces for coming out. You can either clean the shower head or replace it. Since they aren't expensive or difficult to replace, this might be the better option for you. If you have it replaced and the water pressure has not improved, it is time to call a plumber like one from C B Lucas Heating & Air Conditioning.
The last place in the bathroom that can have low water pressure is the toilet. Low water pressure in the toilet occurs when the water is filling very slowly after you have flushed it. The easiest thing to check and fix is the fill valve. You can check the fill valve by first shutting off the water and then turning off the angle stop. Find the flex line at the top of the toilet and point it into a bucket. Turn the water back on and flush the toilet. If the pressure is now good, it is probably from the fill valve, which might need to be replaced.Share
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