We’ve all been there before. You’re taking a nice, hot shower when suddenly the water pressure drops. You wonder if someone flushed a toilet, or maybe they turned on the washing machine? The answer to what really happened depends on a few factors, which we’ve outlined below.
water pressure has only dropped on one specific fixture, such as one
shower or one sink, the issue could simply be that another water source
was pulling the water away. For example, if the pipes supplying water to
your shower are also connected to the washing machine, the water
pressure will go down when both are used at the same time. The problem
could also be the faucet or shower head being used. Mineral deposits
could be built up inside the faucet or shower head, preventing water
from flowing through as it should.
your entire house has lost water pressure, there could be a serious and
costly issue at hand. There could be corroded piping, a broken pipe, a
partially closed valve, low municipal water pressure, or several other
possibilities. If the problem is your municipal water supply, there’s
probably not much you can do about it. Contact your water supply and
have them come test your water pressure. If the problem is your pipes
being corroded or broken, your only option will be to replace them,
which can unfortunately be a large undertaking. If you’re lucky, the
problem will be a partially closed valve that can simply be fully opened
water pressure can make your everyday activities and chores a hassle.
If it’s a single fixture that’s giving you problems, you may be able to
fix it on your own. If it’s your whole house or more than just one
fixture, call Dauenhauer Plumbing and we’ll come inspect your plumbing to determine the issue and all possible solutions.