How Valves Affect Water Pressure in Homes

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 How Valves Affect Water Pressure in HomesWhen the water pressure in your home is low, it can be quite problematic. You go to try and wash your hands in the sink and only a little bit of water comes out. It can only mean one thing: low water pressure. Low water pressure can be caused by a number of factors, including water leaks, low water pressure going to your home, and mineral deposit build up.

1. Water Leaks Water leaks can be found all throughout your home. Take a look at faucets, toilets, whole house humidifiers, and other water supply lines to check for any signs of leakage.

2. Check the Water Meter The water meter can also be found in a number of places, but it is usually located outside of the home: near the curb, near a driveway, a walking path or even your garden. Checking the meter for any indications of leaks can be more difficult to detect because the water supply line running between your meter and your home is usually 3-feet underground (this is where a professional can help out).

3. Mineral Deposit Build Up In older houses or in houses built with galvanized pipes, mineral build-up is inevitable and it will affect how the water flows throughout your home. Periodically have a professional come check for any sign of mineral build up in your home to reduce the risk of low water pressure.

4. Check the Shut Off Valves There are a number of shut off valves located in the home, including the main water shut off valve (this could be located anywhere in the home or outside of the home, including the water meter or the basement).  Valves in homes are either turned in an on or off position. In some cases, a water shut off valve can be turned off or be accidentally moved without anyone even knowing it. If a water valve in your home is turned off or not turned on all the way, it will affect all of the water flow in your home.

If you suspect that your water pressure is being affected by leaks, mineral deposits, or your water meter line, it is highly recommended that you contact a professional to help solve the issue. Contact us if you have any product questions and make sure to sign up for our mailing list below to stay up to date with Valve Warehouse news and posts!

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