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4 Reasons for Low Water Pressure and How to Fix it

Low water pressure is a pain. You drag yourself out of bed in the morning, hoping that a high-pressure hydro blast in the shower will boost your heart rate and get you to wake up while the coffee kicks in. But you turn on the faucet and… a drizzle. Water pressure can literally make or break your day.

But What Is Water Pressure, Really?

Our master Toronto plumber explains that water pressure is nothing but potential energy. The more the energy, the higher the water pressure. People who live near the municipal supply, will have a stronger initial energy (or water pressure). People using a rural well system, or live up on a hill, or some distance from the water source, will experience lower water pressure.

If your water has to work hard to get to you, it will reduce your water pressure. Bad pipes also affect how the water arrives in your faucets.

How to Fix Low Water Pressure

Do you think you have low water pressure? Give Anta Plumbing a call to come over and give your plumbing system a good inspection. A sudden drop in water pressure could be due to a leak, and if you don’t see any visible water, the leak could be underground. We have specialized equipment to detect leaks without having to dig up your driveway. Just moved into

Low water pressure is a pain. You drag yourself out of bed in the morning, hoping that a high-pressure hydro blast in the shower will boost your heart rate and get you to wake up while the coffee kicks in. But you turn on the faucet and… a drizzle. Water pressure can literally make or break your day.

But What Is Water Pressure, Really?

Our master Toronto plumber explains that water pressure is nothing but potential energy. The more the energy, the higher the water pressure. People who live near the municipal supply, will have a stronger initial energy (or water pressure). People using a rural well system, or live up on a hill, or some distance from the water source, will experience lower water pressure.

If your water has to work hard to get to you, it will reduce your water pressure. Bad pipes also affect how the water arrives in your faucets.

Do you think you have low water pressure? Give Anta Plumbing a call to come over and give your plumbing system a good inspection. A sudden drop in water pressure could be due to a leak, and if you don’t see any visible water, the leak could be underground. We have specialized equipment to detect leaks without having to dig up your driveway. Just moved into a new home and you’re unsure what the correct water pressure is? You could buy a PSI meter, or you could call us to measure your water pressure against that of your neighbors’.

If you do indeed have a problem, it is time to figure out the cause. Here are some of the best ways to fix low water pressure:

1. Is the city water pressure low?

Install bigger pipes. The Uniform Plumbing Code offers sizing tables with minimum sizes. Bigger diameter cold water pipes are great, and you could also use bigger hot water pipes if you have a recirculating hot system.

2. Are leaks lowering your water pressure?

Damaged water pipes can cause your home to develop low water pressure, since not all the water is reaching the faucet. Learning to detect leaks can be helpful in improving your water pressure.

3. Are your main shut off valves fully open?

Sometimes, we accidentally move or turn off shut off valves without realizing it. Check to ensure the main shut off valve is fully open, and then check your fixtures, particularly if the low pressure is only in one faucet.

4. What is the condition of your pipes?

Mineral deposits can build up, causing faucets to clog. It can also clog up your shower heads and prevent the full pressure to come through. Unscrew the showerhead and clean it inside.

If the problem persists, you need to call Anta Plumbing. In some cases, you may need to have your pipes replaced, but most often, installing a pressure boost system will do the trick.

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