Water pressure.

When it’s right, you don’t think about it.  When it slows down – and stays slow – you  want corrective action, and you want it now!   

Let’s say, for example, that you can't wash your dishes at the same time that you water your lawn because the water pressure is too weak.  Or, more commonly, two people can’t take a shower at the same time, or someone flushes a toilet while another family member takes a shower…and so on.

Water pressure may be low for a couple of reasons. If the experience is common among your several neighbors, then call your local water company and report the problem…especially if you experience low water pressure throughout your home.  Perhaps a supply valve is closed that, when re-opened, can solve the problem immediately.

If, however, the problem is confined to one or even a few fixtures or faucets, then here’s a quick and easy suggestion on how you might just be able to restore adequate water pressure on your own:

  • Check for a clogged aerator, which is the round screened screw-on tip of a faucet.  It mixes water and air for a smoother flow.  You also might have a dislodged or worn washer, which you can determine by unscrewing your faucet head.  If dislodged, you can simply put it back in place.  If it shows signs of wear and tear, you can pick up a new one at any hardware store and replace it yourself.


If that doesn’t do the trick, and the problem isn’t with your main water supply, then the most likely culprits are your indoor pipes.


  • Calcium and other mineral deposits inside your pipes will certainly have an effect on water pressure, and might even require a water treatment solution.  This is a job for a professional plumber, and should be looked at sooner or later, as the problem will only grow worse with time.
  • Your home might also have been built with undersized pipes.  Many homes, in fact, were built with ½” galvanized pipes, when it would have cost very little more to have installed ¾” pipes.  Upgrading to ¾” copper pipes can actually double the amount of water pressure flowing from any fixture in your home.  Plus, copper pipes last longer and resist calcium and other mineral build-ups.


Pretty amazing, don’t you think?  Well, so is our ability at Team Electric Plumbing & Air to help you obtain all the water pressure you’ll ever want or need.