What to Do If There’s No Water Pressure
There are many possible reasons why your home suddenly has no water. This is not only inconvenient but left unchecked, it can lead to an unhealthy home environment. But before you call an emergency plumber, there are a few things you can check first. Here’s what to do if there’s no water pressure in your home.
Determine the Scope of the Problem
Before you can solve your water problem, you need to get a sense of how big or small the problem is. Is the water pressure problem limited to one sink, or is it happening throughout the house? If the water pressure problem is limited to a single fixture, likely, the problem isn’t with your pipes or water supply but with the fixture itself. If it’s a sink, low or no water pressure is usually due to a clogged aerator or clogged cartridge. You can clean them yourself using pliers and a mix of water and white vinegar.
If there is no water pressure throughout the entire home, you can start by checking the main shut-off valve to make sure it isn’t partially closed. If your home is more than 20 years old, the problem can be with its steel or iron pipes. These types of pipes are prone to becoming clogged with lime deposits that limit the flow of water.
Check Water Heater
If your cold water is fine, but your hot water is low, try evaluating your water heater. Start by checking the shut-off valve located next to or on the heater itself. If the shut-off valve is completely open, then it’s not to blame for your water pressure problems. The next probable cause is sediment buildup. If that is the case, you will need to flush the tank to resolve the problem.
Check Water Pressure Regulator
A water pressure regulator, or a pressure-reducing valve, works to bring water pressure down to an optimal level before it reaches the plumbing fixtures in the home. Not all homes have a water pressure regulator, but the ones that do, it can cause water pressure problems. If the water pressure regulator suddenly breaks, it can lead to low water pressure. If this is the case for your home, you will need to enlist the help of a professional plumber to have it replaced.
Contact a Maryland Master Plumber
Once you’ve tried these things, the next thing to do is contact Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating. Our expert plumbers will quickly determine the cause of your water pressure problems and work diligently to resolve the problem immediately. With emergency plumbing services available, we’ll have your plumbing back up and running in no time. Call us now at (866) 507-1619 to schedule an appointment.