Low water pressure is a serious plumbing problem that can significantly negatively affect the performance of some of your appliances, as well as reducing how well you can use regular water fixtures like sinks and showers. There are several different reasons why your water pressure may have suddenly decreased: understanding what a few of the most common reasons are can help you figure out the best course of action in the event that you find your water pressure is too low.
Pressure Regulator Issues
One reason why the water pressure throughout your entire home may have suddenly decreased, especially if the decrease is by a significant amount, is because of a problem with the pressure regulator. Some homes have pressure regulators installed to keep your water pressure within moderate levels, effectively preventing high water pressure from causing damage and wear to your pipes. In some cases, a mechanical failure can cause a pressure regulator to substantially restrict the water pressure throughout your home. In this case, you should get in touch with a plumber to inspect your unit – they'll be able to repair or replace the regulator as needed to get things flowing properly again.
Another common reason why your water pressure may have suddenly decreased is because of the buildup of mineral deposits on the interior of your pipes, which can happen if your home's water supply suffers from hard water. Hard water refers to water that has a great deal of calcium and other minerals dissolved within it. You can tell if you have hard water in your home because you'll be able to spot a hard, white or greenish colored scale that will form on your water fixtures and taps. Hard water will require the installation of a water softener to remove minerals from your water supply in the future, though you may also have to replace currently clogged pipes to restore your water pressure to adequate levels.
Finally, the last and most serious reason why you may be experiencing reduced water pressure in your home is because of a leak somewhere in your plumbing system. Any sort of leak in a pipe that supplies water to a water fixture in your home can quickly cause a significant amount of structural and water damage, which can be complicated and expensive to fix. If you notice any signs of water damage, like discoloration, odd smells, increased water bills, or peeling paint and wallpaper, you should get in touch with a professional plumber to inspect your system and determine if you need plumbing repairs or not.
Contact a company, like Travers Plumbing & Heating Inc, for more help.