Low water pressure most commonly occurs when more than one appliance is using water, preventing a full flow from reaching any one specific appliance. This means that these appliances may not be as effective, especially in the case of washing machines, showers, dishwashers, or any other appliances that use water as a method for cleaning. If you have low water pressure in your home, there are a number of things that you can do to try to fix it.
Turn Off Appliances
The most obvious, but usually the most effective short term solution to low water pressure is to turn off any appliances that may be using water besides the one that you need to use immediately. This means that showering while washing your clothes is not ideal. Check for any water sources that may have been left on, like an open tap or an accidentally pressed button on the dishwasher.
Check for Leaks
If all of your appliances are turned off, but you still cannot get good water pressure when you turn on the tap, you may have a leak in your plumbing. This means that the water that usually flows to your appliances is leaking somewhere in your home, which can cause significant damage. Check any exposed plumbing for water, and walls and ceilings that pipes are behind for water damage. If you do see water damage, turn the water supply to your home off and call a plumber to repair the pipes for you.
If you are suffering from low water pressure in your taps or showerheads, but not in other appliances, it may be because the tap itself is obstructed. This happens over time as minerals in the water buildup in the faucet. You can remove most of these buildups using a mixture of half warm water, and half lemon juice or vinegar, as the acidic qualities of these common household items will break down the hardened minerals on your faucets.
Check the Water Supply
Check the water supply for your home to make sure that the valve hasn't been turned off by accident. This is a fairly common problem, and is simple to fix. Simply open the valve again to allow the water to flow as normal. Your water supply valve is most commonly located by your hot water heater, but this will depend on your home.
Call a Plumber
Low water pressure can be caused by a wide variety of issues, and not all of them can be recognized by the average homeowner. If none of the above solutions can solve your low water pressure, you should call local plumbing services to have the problem professionally diagnosed.