There’s nothing fun about low water pressure. At Levine & Sons, our experienced technicians can help fix whatever is causing your water pressure to be low. But if you’re ambitious and at least somewhat handy, you may be able to fix the problem yourself.
Here are 4 ways to troubleshoot low water pressure on your own:
1) Examine the pipes: You don’t need to be a trained pipeline inspector to discern that a pipe needs to be repaired or replaced. If a pipe appears rusty from the outside, it could mean it’s clogged on the inside and slowing down the flow of water to your sink and shower.
2) Check aerator: If the low pressure is specific to a single faucet (as opposed to all faucets), the aerator may be to blame. The aerator is a little nob at the tip of a water faucet. It can be removed with a wrench, or sometimes even by hand. After removing the aerator, check to see if it’s clogged. If so, clean it out and reattach it to the faucet. Then, turn on the sink again.
3) Remove showerhead: If your shower pressure is low, remove the showerhead from the unit. Remove any internal parts using a screwdriver, clean them thoroughly and reinstall.
4) Check your water heater: Does the water pressure only go down when your warm water is on? If so, the problem could rest with your water heater. If your water heater is under warranty, call right away and explain your problem. Otherwise, call Levine & Sons for a consultation. We may be able to fix your water heater so you don’t have to buy a new one.