Why’s My Water Pressure So Low?

Few things are as frustrating as turning on the faucet for a lovely hot shower, just to be met by this little trickle of water from the showerhead… It’s impossible to wash your hair in so little water! Low flow, or low water pressure is the cause of thin trickles of water, which can turn daily activities such as dishes, showering or washing your laundry into a drag.

Here at Anta Plumbing, we often receive calls from clients struggling with low water pressure. Let’s take a look at why it happens.

Municipal Supply Issues
Household Leaks
Corrosion Buildup
Deposits in Pipes

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Municipal Supply Issues

Municipal-Supply-IssuesProbably the best scenario for the homeowner, is when the municipal supply is temporarily down. It means that it’s not an issue with your home and therefore you don’t have to pay to have it repaired.

Municipal water supply issues are also subject to the same issues as your home, and this may affect their ability to supply water to your home. If this is the problem, you can call the department of water affairs, and they will sort it out quickly.

Household Leaks

Household-LeaksA leak in your home’s water supply line will reduce the water pressure in your home, since not all the water is flowing where it should. If you suspect that you have a leak, you could try out this simple method of leak detection or call our licensed plumbers at Anta Plumbing to perform a professional leak detection service for you.

Corrosion Buildup

Corrosion-BuildupWater pipes start deteriorating the moment they come in contact with the minerals present in the soil in which they are buried and the water that flows through them. Galvanized water pipes have a 20 year lifespan, but in many cases, the insides become filled with corrosion, which blocks the flow of the water. There are a few temporary fixes for this issue, but ultimately, the pipes should be replaced.

We understand that replacing your pipes can be a costly and cumbersome process, which is why we now specialize in cured-in-place pipe replacements. technique requires no trench-digging, and pipes are replaced with more durable, longer lasting materials.

Deposits in Pipes

Deposits-in-PipesWhen one of your water mains develops a crack, usually at the joints, mineral deposits enter, leaving behind sand, pollutants and dirt. These deposits can cause blockages to form in your pipes, resulting in low water pressure throughout your home.

Anta Plumbing uses hydro jetting, a high pressure blasting technique to remove such buildup from your pipes and restore them to optimum functionality.


What to Do About Low Water Pressure?

● Check whether low water pressure is in more than one faucet.
● Check your shut-off valves.

If your low water pressure issue is located in a single faucet, do as follows:

1. Remove and inspect the aerator to see if there’s any buildup.
2. Clean the aerator. You could soak it in a water and vinegar solution or buy a replacement.
3. Before you replace the aerator onto the faucet, check whether the pressure is better without the aerator, as that would isolate the issue.

When you have low water pressure issues, it is important to first diagnose the issue. You could do that on your own, but if major repairs are required, such as to leaks or to blast away deposits in your pipes, you will need to hire a professional plumber. Anta Plumbers are experts at locating leaks and restoring low water pressure issues.

Written by Tanya Klien

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