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7 Common Causes of Low Water Pressure

Have you stepped into the shower and the water just trickles out of the shower head? Or maybe you went to fill the kettle up and the water just drizzled out slowly? It sounds like you may have a water pressure problem! There’s nothing more frustrating right, when you’ve had a long day!

The good news is; you may be able to do a quick fix. Or alternately, AJP Plumbers are here to help!


There are many reasons you may be experiencing low water pressure. Let’s take a look at the main causes and what you can do about them.


Clogged Pipes

Your plumbing system contains multiple pipes and if the one that runs to your hot tap gets clogged, this can cause your water pressure to drop. Some culprits that could block your pipes are rust, calcium, sediment, tree roots and many types of other nasties.


Leaking

If you have a leak, this could be causing your low water pressure. Try turning off all the taps and check your water metre to see if it is still ticking over. If it is, this could mean water is still flowing and leaking from somewhere. If you suspect a leak, call your local Logan plumber immediately.


Filters are Jammed

Sometimes the filters leading into your hot water system can get blocked. These can be easily cleaned or replaced if you are comfortable. If not, your local plumber can do this job for you efficiently and affordably.


Sediment in the Hot Water System

If your low water pressure is consistent throughout your home, this could point to a sediment build up. This is especially common in an ageing water system where rust and debris has had time to grow. Talk with your local plumber about having your water system flushed and cleaned.


Old Water System

If your water systems are old, they may actually have had their day and need replacing. While AJP Plumbing can repair many faults, sometimes it might be cheaper and actually a better idea in the long run to replace the whole system.


Shower head

Some old or cheap shower heads, are just built to emit a weak water flow. You especially find this in rental properties, where the owner has decided to save a few bucks by installing a slow flowing shower head. This may reduce the water bills slightly, but it can be very annoying trying to get a decent shower!


Novice Plumbing

There are bad and untrained plumbers out there, who will occasionally do unprofessional work on people’s homes. If an untrained plumber has installed pipes that are too narrow which take water to your unit, this can cause weak water pressure. Always consult professional plumbers like AJP Plumbing and Gas for any plumbing services you need for your home.

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