Have you noticed that your faucets are producing water that trickles rather than streams full force? Does your shower lack the power to actually get the soap out of your hair? If so, you have issues with low water pressure. It is a problem that has various possible solutions. Consider these 2 tips for fixing it.
Replace Galvanized Plumbing
Homes that have old galvanized plumbing are bound to have issues with water pressure. This is because the pipes rust from the inside, and the pipes eventually get smaller and allow less water to flow through them. The hot water pipes are typically worse than the cold water pipes, because hot water causes the pipes to rust faster.
The good news is that you may not have to replace all of your water pipes. The ones that usually are the worst are the horizontal pipes in the basement. This is because the water sits in these pipes all day long and slowly corrodes them. The vertical pipes may be bad, but not nearly as bad as the horizontal pipes. Replace the horizontal pipes with copper plumbing, and you'll see that the plumbing will open up and allow more water to pass through to all the faucets in your home.
You can always replace the vertical pipes later, though it will be much harder to do since many of them are in walls. Horizontal pipes are typically exposed in a basement ceiling and much easier to access.
Replace or Repair Plumbing Fixtures
Mineral deposits and hard water can put a lot of wear and tear on your plumbing fixtures. The bottleneck of water flow may actually be located within the fixtures themselves because of this. You'll want to disassemble the fixture and soak the pieces overnight in a container with vinegar. This will eat away at the minerals that are creating a clog in the fixture, opening up the water flow once again for great water pressure.
Once you fix the faucets, you must fix the problem or else it will happen again. Consider having a whole-home water softening system installed, which will treat the water before it even reaches your faucets.
For help with either of these methods for solving water pressure issues, work with a local area plumber. They know how to replace old pipes and install a water softening system and get the job done right the first time.