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How to Check for Low Water Pressure

Having low water pressure can really disrupt the comfort of your home. While some causes of this issue are minor, there are others that require extensive work.

The first thing you must do is contact your neighbors to see if they are experiencing a similar problem with their water pressure. If so, the city’s municipal water system might be the blame. You can even check the city water pressure by using a test gauge with a hose connection. A reading of 45 or 50 psi is considered low, 60 is a good reading, and 80 or above is too high.

If the city’s water pressure is fine, then try these other ways to resolve the issue:

  1. Check the shut-off valve. Sometimes, the shut-off valve isn’t completely open.
  2. Check the pressure regulator. Every home has a pressure regulator to ensure water isn’t flowing through too quickly. If the regulator isn’t doing its job, the pressure gradually drops, causing a loss in velocity which affects some or all of your home’s fixtures.
  3. Check for leaky pipes. Leaks are a common cause of low pressure. Perform a quick inspection for damp spots beneath pipes, especially near the main supply line.
  4. Check your faucets. Go outside and turn on the outside spigot. If the faucet is experiencing the same flow, then go back to the first three steps. If the outside water pressure is excellent, however, you may need to replace washers or fixtures at the point of the pressure variation.

If the cause of the low water pressure derives from your plumbing, our Tarrant County plumber at Hildebrant’s Plumbing Repair can conduct a thorough inspection to determine the proper solution. Contact us and request a free estimate today.