Lead watermain. Galvanized steel plumbing pipes
There are several reasons why you have low water pressure in your home.
If you live in a home that was built prior to 1950s and has still the original plumbing (lead watermain, galvanized supply pipes) you know that low water pressure can be at times a big problem. Low water pressure can make life less pleasant. Small tasks such as doing dishes or taking a shower will take time. Filling the bathtub may take forever. You most likely have learned how to live with the inconveniences. The good news is that water pressure in an older home can be increased.
POSSIBLE REASONS FOR LOW WATER PRESSURE
There could be several reasons for having a low water pressure in the home. It has either always been that way or has gotten worse over a long period of time. The reason for low water pressure could be:
- an undersized watermain to your house
- or your home is located at the end of a municipal system, far away from a municipal pumping or booster station
- you installed an irrigation system that includes backflow prevention
- long runs to second floor bathrooms
- water softener equipment
- lead watermains
- galvanized interior supply lines
- and yes, a partially closed main shut-off valve! I have seen this several times during my 28 years of inspecting homes.