Why don’t I have any water pressure? Plumbing issues that can mean bigger problems Part 3

August 16, 2021
Why don’t I have any water pressure?

One morning you turn on your bathroom faucet only to find that your water pressure seems lower than normal. You may still have water flow, but you’re just not getting the same pressure that you’re used to. A problem with water pressure can occur because of a number of issues that can be present with your plumbing system. It’s important to take note of whether or not all of your fixtures have low pressure or just one of them. One fixture or faucet may be easier to diagnose. A whole-house problem is something that may take a little bit of time to address, and you’ll want the help of a professional on your side.

Checking Your Water Meter Valve

It’s likely that your home has two different shutoff valves that control the flow of water to your home. One of them is your water meter valve, which is installed on your main pipe near your water meter. This is a valve that should never be tampered with, unless a professional needs to maneuver it to complete work. If your water pressure is low after having a professional take care of plumbing work in your home, it may be worth it to check and see if the valve is completely open. The valve handle should be completely parallel with your water pipe if it’s open.

Checking the Main Shutoff Valve

The main shutoff valve is typically located somewhere in the home where the main supply pipe enters the structure. You’re usually dealing with a wheel-shaped handle, which should be turned all the way in the counterclockwise direction. This is another instance where the valve may be partially closed off if you’ve recently had work done to your home and someone forgot to open it back up.

Issues with Your Pressure Regulator

There is a control valve that is part of your plumbing system, and it is designed to lower the pressure that’s coming into your home so damage to your pipes doesn’t occur. If your pressure regulator is malfunctioning, this can cause an issue with water pressure. In addition to low pressure, you may find that there is a spike in water pressure in one or more of your faucets.

Issues with Old Pipes

Newer pipes that are installed in homes these days are usually made with either PVC or copper. If you have old pipes that are made of steel, they may be corroded without you knowing. The corrosion can be so extensive that you can have reduced water pressure. Usually this will occur a little at a time, over the course of many years. Eventually this issue can lead to a pipe bursting, so it’s a good idea to have an issue with water pressure addressed before a bigger problem occurs. You’ll need a professional to lay new pipe in the areas of your home that are faced with pipe corrosion.

Water Main Break

While this isn’t something you can directly address on your own with the help of a professional, a water main break can affect your pressure for the time being. When there is a break in the main pipe that feeds the area where you live, there isn’t enough water coming through to provide you with adequate water pressure. It’s likely that a lot of the water is being lost underground or in the area where the break occurred. These problems are typically addressed very quickly by the water company in your area. When the problem is fixed, you will have your pressure come back. You may be advised to flush your pipes out for a few minutes, or you may have to boil your water for around 24-hours if there is a risk of contamination.

Too Small of a Main Supply Line

If you’ve recently had plumbing work done in your home, there is the chance that you had certain fixtures added to your home that have resulted in your existing water supply line being too small for your home. If you contract the services of a professional, they will be able to tell you what the size of your water main line is, and they can tell you if there is a problem.

If you are having issues with your water pressure and it’s not immediately obvious what’s going on, give us a call at 804-739-4094 and we will come out and identify your issue and options to fix it. Plumbing issues aren’t something that you want to neglect. A small problem right now can turn into something very extensive that causes water damage in your home. American Service Company specializes in figuring out what the problem is, and we can advise you what type of work should be done in order to fix the problem.