Running water in the home is a luxury. Any kind of water issues in a home can be frustrating. A common problem is low water pressure in indoor faucets. If you experience water pressure problems in one area, it impacts the rest of the house.
Most indoor faucet problems are simple to fix. Here are some tips on how to fix low water pressure in faucets.
Check Shut Off Valves
The valves control the flow of water entering the sink. Try all the faucets in your home. If water pressure is low in all of them, it could be because the main water valve is closed or partially closed. Homes have a main water valve located near the water meter.
There are two kinds of water valves: gate valve and ball valve. A gate valve has a rotary handle. Turn it to the left to open the valve. If it is stiff or frozen, use a wrench and give it an 1/8 of a turn.
The ball valve has a handle. It should be in line with the piping to allow the water to run freely. If only the hot water has low pressure, make certain the valve is all the way open on the hot water heater. Test all sinks again.
Clean the Aerator
A common source of low water pressure is a clogged aerator. The aerator can commonly be found on the tip of the faucet head. Remove it by turning it to the left. If you cannot get it off, use a pair of slip-joint pliers with tape around the teeth.
Set the parts in order on a towel as you take them off so you will not lose them. Clean each part with an old toothbrush. Use equal parts of water and vinegar to clean excessive lime buildup. Replace broken parts.
Examine Faucet Supply Tubes
Faucet supply tubes are the flexible lines that go from the valves to the faucet. If they get crushed, they will slow the water pressure down. If they seem alright, take them off separately and hold the end over a bucket. Turn on the water valve that corresponds with them. A good water flow means the issue is in the faucet.
These tips should help you fix simple water pressure problems in faucets. Also keep in mind water pressure can vary during the day according to use. If the problem still persists, you could have a leak or corroded pipes which will need to be addressed by a plumber.