Drizzle Is for Syrup and Pancakes, Not for Showers!
There are few things more irritating than the slow drip and drizzle of the lazy stream of water that crawls out of your shower faucet. Slow-flowing water is usually caused by low water pressure. There could be several reasons for low water pressure, but the good news is that you can usually fix the most common of them yourself. If your faucets are suffering from low water pressure, check the following:
- Check to make sure that your pipes comply with modern building codes when it comes to their size. Water pipes that are too small may restrict the amount of water that’s able to flow through, so replace too-small pipes with slightly larger ones.
- Check to make sure that there isn’t a leak somewhere in the pipes. If there are water leaks in your plumbing system, a good amount of water isn’t able to get through your faucets. A simple way to test to see if you have a leak is to turn off your home’s water valve for about half a day. Check the water meter before you turn it off. If you find that the water meter level has increased in the time that the valve was shut off, you’re leaking!
- Carefully examine the pipes for any rust or debris. Corroded or dirty pipes are frequently the cause for low-water flow. Clean out dirty pipes, and completely replace corroded ones. If you’re not sure how to do it, contact your plumber.