If you turn on your tap and water only trickles, you have low water pressure. If it is short term problem and it quickly returns to normal, it may be related to the municipal water supply, not the pipes in your house. It’s rare, but if you hear of a break in a municipal main line, it can temporarily reduce your water pressure. A more common cause of this problem is with your faucet aerator. This is caused by a build-up of deposits or sediment. Even with water softeners and city treatment, the water entering your pipes carries dissolved minerals in it that eventually build up on metal surfaces. Unless you have a filtration system, these mineral deposits collect on inner surfaces of faucet aerators and even your shower heads. These minerals clog screens and slow the flow of your water.
In your kitchen, most kitchen faucets have aerators installed on the tip of the faucet. These can be easily unscrewed and removed. Simply soak it overnight in vinegar and water and it should remove common build up. Shower heads and bathroom faucets may not be as easy to remove. However, if you can affix a plastic bag filled with vinegar to the shower heads and faucet and letting it sit overnight, you should see an improved water flow.
If you still notice low water pressure after cleaning faucet aerators and shower heads of sediment and deposits, you might have a more complex issue. A leak or breach in pipes leading into your home is an emergency that could damage your home’s infrastructure or foundation. Sudden and significant reduction in water pressure with no known cause merits a call to NRH Plumbing. NRH Plumbing provides only qualified technicians and guarantees our work. When you need the services of a good, reliable commercial plumber, look no further than NRH Plumbing. Call us at 612-900-7728 today!