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Low Water Pressure & Its Causes

March 25, 2021
 SLMP Admin

If you’re having problems with low water pressure, the first thing you need to check is your water meter valve. This should be located right next to the water meter on the main city supply pipe feeding into your home. There’s a chance that this valve isn’t fully open, especially if you've had some work done recently on your plumbing system. Otherwise, you may need to call in a professional to take care of the problem.

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As experts in plumbing and sewer replacements, our team at Santana Bros Plumbing will do a thorough investigation into your home’s water pressure problem. We’ll determine its exact cause, which can be any of the following:

Corrosion buildup. Even if you have an aluminum or galvanized steel water piping system (which can last up to 20 years), the insides of these pipes tend to block the flow of water with natural corrosion over time. This is certainly not a DIY job; only a professional plumber can address the problem efficiently.

Debris and mineral buildup. Sometimes, when a water main fractures, debris such as dirt and sand can enter your home’s pipes. But even if this hasn’t happened in your home, the pipes can still build up mineral deposits from water as it travels through your system. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may need to schedule emergency plumbing services to address it properly.

Failing pressure regulator. A pressure regulator is a control valve that reduces the input pressure in your plumbing system to a safe level that won't damage your pipes. It’s not uncommon for a pressure regulator or pressure-reducing valve to become faulty and cause either a spike in water pressure (which can deteriorate your pipes faster) or a significant reduction in home water pressure. 

Whether you need your water pressure fixed or a water heater installed, Santana Bros Plumbing has got you covered! To get started, just contact us at (713) 494-5504 or fill out our convenient contact form.

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