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Fixing the Water Pressure in your Home

There are some plumbing problems that can make living difficult. A toilet that will not flush properly, a clogged kitchen sink, or a leaking pipe should be fixed immediately. This is the case for two reasons: first, those problems, when left untreated, only get worse; secondly, the problems mentioned above have the capacity to alter and/or ruin your daily routine.  If your toilet is clogged and is flushing poorly, continual flushing will only make the clog worse. A leaking pipe can destroy floors and walls. If you cannot fix these, or other similar problems yourself, then you need to call a professional plumber sooner rather than later. It will save you time and money.

There are also problems that people encounter that isn’t as pressing. The number one non-threatening plumbing problem people complain about is low water pressure. Most of the time low water pressure is fixable, but if left untreated won't do serious damage to your plumbing and house. There are even at home remedies that you can try with only little knowledge of plumbing. If these methods fail, calling a plumber is your best bet to get your water running correctly.

Each home has something call a pressure regulator.  This devices sole purpose is to regulate the pressure of water that passes through your pipes. This is extremely important because it prevents pipes from exploding. The regulator can be found in one of two places: at the meter, or by the service line that enters the house. Two things can go wrong with this device, and they are both related to old age. The regulator can completely break, which it means you need to replace.  You can sometimes raise the pressure settings on the device because the regulator weakens over time.

One of the most common and easy to fix culprits of bad water pressure is mineral deposit build-up.  Simply from use, calcium can build up in your showerhead, which will significantly reduce water pressure. This is because the flow of water is blocked. If you take distilled white vinegar and place it in a cooking pot then you can clean it yourself. Put the pot on the stove and let it sit there for a few moments on simmer. Be careful not to bring the water to a boil. If you do, the showerhead could potentially melt. Once it looks clean, you can take it out, rinse it off, and reattach it to you shower. Hopefully this works for you.

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