There’s nothing worse than having a long day at work, going to have a shower, and the pressure of water is lacking. There are many reasons why this could be happening, and most are easily fixed!
Check Your Neighbours
The very first thing you should do – is check on your neighbours to see if they are experiencing the same issue. Sometimes when work is being carried out in the area, it can have an effect on your plumbing, which can cause your water pressure to be lower than usual.
If this is the case, it’s usually a waiting game until the works are completed. If the works are taking an extended amount of time, contact your local water supplier as there may be a different issue.
Shower Head Is Blocked / Needs Cleaning
When was the last time you gave your showerhead a really good clean? If it’s been a while – don’t panic! All you need (depending on the type of head) is a container or bag, some vinegar and some elbow grease!
- Remove the shower head if possible and place into a container filled with vinegar.
- If the head isn’t removable – tie a bag filled with vinegar around the head.
- Leave for a few hours, then remove the showerhead
- Scrub and rinse off any remaining residue/limescale
- Reattach shower head, and run the water for a few minutes to remove the vinegar smell.
Water Meter Has Been Tampered With
If your water pressure is low, an important step is to check your water meter. These are located outside your home. If it’s a simple fix it’ll just be turned off (or low) and you can turn it back on, but if it’s been damaged – then that’s a more serious issue.
Depending on the area you live in, you will need to report any damage to your meter to who supplies your water (Water Corp/Aqwest etc).
Corrosion Within the Pipes
If your home was built using copper pipes, you could be looking at corrosion within those. This can be caused by minerals naturally found in hard water and can lead to serious damage if not taken care of. If you suspect your home has corroded pipes – the best thing for you to do is contact a professional like AHM Plumbing and Gas, so we can attend to the problem as soon as possible.
Leak Within Your Pipe
Plumbing inside the home can at times burst or rupture (this can be caused from corrosion as mentioned before). If this happens and you have a suspected leak in your home, call a plumber straight away to avoid further damage and expensive water bills! To spot a leak, you can look for water stains on the walls or ceilings, tiles that are lifting or puddles in your yard.
If you’re having trouble with your water pressure in your Perth home, give our team at AHM Plumbing and Gas a call on 0413 191 034.