Whether it is too high or too low, water pressure issues can cause frustration if not dealt with properly.

If all of your neighbours have the same water pressure issues, one option to consider is to use a pressure pump.  And if suitable, it can also help you fix some pipe sizing issues. Otherwise, you’ll need to get in touch with your water supplier (and encourage your neighbours to do the same) to discuss the issue.

On the other hand, if the mentioned option is not possible, Level Plumbing Canberra Central can help you with other options.

Water Pressure Problems
Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure can be extremely frustrating, but there are some simple things you can try before you call in the plumber to take a look.

If the problem occurs in one spot or fixture only, it could be that the faucet or showerhead is restricted. Check if the aerator is clogged. Clean it if it is blocked with dirt, grease, and debris. If it is beyond fixing, simply remove and replace it instead.

Also, look for dislodged washers. If the issue is in the shower, take a look and see if the shower head has a pressure regulator located inside (it is usually a rubber or brass disk). Most shower heads are sold with this feature as a water-saving measure.

However, if the issue is throughout your whole house, then we suggest that you check the water meter first. It is to make sure that the tap is fully open. After that, check for leaks by inspecting all pipes.

If there is a leak, it will affect the overall pressure because not all available water is getting to the faucet. The most common cause of low water pressure, especially in older homes, is clogged pipes due to dirt and grease build-up.

That said, if you have tried both of the above fixes yourself and have not seen an improvement, then it is time to reach out to a professional plumber and have it checked. 

High Water Pressure

Having high water pressure is not always a good thing. If it is too high, for example, it could cause your pipes to explode and leak through multiple fixtures in your home, as well as high amounts of wastewater.

Water hammering can, over time, cause pipes to break and valves to break. Water is a dynamic mass so when it’s stopped suddenly, you get the “hammer” effect, which increases the force of the water just like a hammer hitting a nail.

The simplest solution for homes with high water pressure is to install a pressure-reducing valve. These are easy to install and mean you can adjust the pressure to find the right balance for your needs.

When it comes to water pressure problems, there are a few things that you can try before calling us in to help. But as always, if in doubt, give Level Plumbing Canberra a call at 6188 6088.