Common Water Pressure Issues In Two Story Homes

If you have noticed that the water pressure in your home seems to be lower than it should be, this can be a frustrating experience. Many homeowners detect that the water pressure on their second floor seems to be a lot lower than the water pressure on their first floor. There are ways to troubleshoot plumbing issues like these. Here is a look at some of the common water pressure issues in two story homes and the possible solutions to the problems.

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Low Water Pressure At A Single Fixture

image of upstairs water pressure very low in Easton PA homeIf the problem is at a single fixture, such as a shower head of a single faucet, then you could be dealing with one of several problems. This includes:

  • a clogged aerator
  • flow restriction
  • partially closed supply stop valve
  • a dislodged washer

While you may be able to fix some of these problems, you may waste a lot time trying to identify the actual problem. Additionally, you may lack the right tools and expertise to fix the problem. For these reasons, always call a professional plumber to identify and fix the problem properly.

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Upstairs Water Pressure Low

upstairs bathroom with low water pressureIf you live in a two-story house and experience low water pressure throughout your house, the problem is likely to be more severe on the second floors. Before you call a plumber, however, you can confirm the source of the problem. This means that you should, first, find out whether your neighbors are experiencing low water pressure or not. If your neighbors have the same problem, then it could be an issue with the municipality. In such a case, you would have several possible solutions.

Firstly, you could get the city/county officials to fix the problem. Secondly, you could hire a professional plumber to install a pressure booster system on your water main. Thirdly, you could get a qualified plumber to replace your water pipes, including your main pipe, with larger plumbing pipes. However, the third solution is likely to be expensive, so it should be as a last resort. If it is not an issue with the municipality, then you should get a professional plumber to inspect your water system and identify the cause of the problem.

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Plumbing Leaks

water meter to find water leaksPlumbing leaks could cause low water pressure in your home by reducing the amount of water flowing in plumbing system. For this reason, you should regularly inspect your plumbing system for leaks. However, some leaks are easy to detect. This includes leaking water heaters, fractured pipes and dripping faucets. Others may not be so easy to detect.

In fact, hidden leaks can go undetected for a long time. Fortunately, you can easily find out whether your home has plumbing leaks or not. To do this, shut off all your water taps, both inside and outside your house, and then read your water meter and record the readings. Next, leave your taps off for a few hours and then read your meter again. If the second reading is higher than the first reading, then you likely have a plumbing leak. In such a case, you should get a plumber to fix the leak(s).

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Some of the common water pressure issues in two story homes include plumbing leaks, low water pressure on the second floor, and low water pressure at a single fixture. Since the cause of low water pressure in your home can be difficult to identify and fix, you should hire a professional plumber to inspect your water system and fix the problem.

When you need professional plumbing services, contact Robinson Plumbing. We can inspect your system so that the water pressure in your home is where it should be. We offer many different services including locating undetected water leaks in your home, plumbing fixture replacements, and much more. For a list of our services, click here. Be sure to contact us if you have any plumbing questions. Our trusted and certified plumbers will gladly address any of your plumbing needs.

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