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Some of the more frequent problems that homeowners experience are clogs. Whether it happens in the bathroom or kitchen clogs are pretty common and are to be expected.  However, there is one issue that you might not expect, poor water pressure. Problems with water pressure typically go unnoticed until it has gotten really bad.

Your home plumbing system is used to effectively push water to every area of the house. Sometimes this can cause the water pressure to be lower in bathrooms where water has to travel a bit farther which is normal. But, if your pipes are mineralized and encrusted, the speed and quality of your water pressure will suffer greatly throughout your entire home. Other factors that can affect the overall quality of your water pressure are pipe size, clearance, and the design of your plumbing system.

The good news is that water pressure issues are typically self-diagnosable and treatable, to a certain extent.  

Diagnosing the Issue

Your water pressure could be suffering for a number of reasons. Typically, you’ll first notice an issue when water seems to be coming through your taps in a slow manner as though your pipes are clogged. If this is only happening in a specific part of the house it usually means that there is a localized clog. It could mean that there is a full faucet strainer that needs to be cleaned and replaced.  This isn’t too big of a deal and it’s a great way to jump-start preventative maintenance.

The biggest enemy to efficient water pressure is mineralization from hard water, which is just tap water with high mineral content. If you live in an area where hard water is present, you can prevent water pressure issues by installing a whole-house water softener system. This will filter out the types of minerals that can accumulate and cause problems over the years.

If you notice water coming out in a burst, but then slowing down to a trickle of almost nothing you may have an issue with your mainline. This could mean that there is damage to your home’s piping so you should address the issue immediately. You’ll also want to make sure that the same symptoms are happening throughout the house, as they typically don’t stay in one single area.

What to Do When Under Pressure

If you do end up discovering that you have poor water pressure, there are some things you can try on your own in order to fix it.  Start by limiting your use of hot water for a period of time. Hot water tends to cause the most issues with mineralization, as it allows calcium minerals to flow faster and lodge on the sides of the pipes.

Ideally, you or a plumber can use an air hose line to snake through the pipes and blast air to dislodge accumulated minerals the next time you turn the water on. Barring that, using our Main Line Drain Opener can help with liquefying minerals and more from all your faucets. Use it for preventative care or have it on hand in case things start to go south. If you’re trying to fix the problem yourself and it isn’t working, it may be time to call an experienced plumber.

Maintaining an Efficient Piping System

Keeping your water pressure at an efficient level is a matter of ensuring that your pipes are clean and clear. You should take preemptive steps to self-diagnose any issues and keep track of how the faucets run in each part of the house. By keeping your pipes mineral-free, you’ll enjoy years of fully pressurized water throughout your home.

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