Is Your Home’s Water Pressure Low? Troubleshooting Tips to Increase It

Schedule Now

If you’re looking for advice about troubleshooting low water pressure, you’re probably already aware of the  annoyances it can cause. Low water pressure means anemic shower flow, slow-filling washing machines and not enough power to effectively rinse dishes. After troubleshooting low water pressure yourself, you may very likely need the services of a professional plumber to resolve the problem. However, a few DIY tips may help clarify the issue before you call in the pros.

Is It the Neighborhood?

Ask neighbors and find out if low pressure affects everyone in the area. If you see a pattern, contact your municipal water utility and inquire about options the city may provide to boost pressure in homes.

Do You Have a Pressure Reduction Valve?

In some communities, municipal water pressure is actually too high for residential uses. In these cases, a water pressure limiter installed at the meter adjusts pressure down. Your plumber can test the pressure and adjust the valve accordingly or replace it if needed.

Is the Shut-Off Value Fully Open?

The main water valve controlling all flow into the house may have been left partially closed. If you know the location of the valve, see if you can open it more. If you suspect the valve isn’t fully open but is frozen, don’t try to force it. Contact a plumbing professional.

Is It Just One Fixture?

If only only one faucet or shower head delivers insufficient pressure, check for build-up of mineral deposits in the faucet aerator or shower nozzles. Try soaking it in vinegar to dissolve minerals. If that doesn’t restore normal flow, you’ll need to replace it.

Low Hot Water Pressure Only?

First, make sure the water inlet and outlet valves on top of the water heater are fully open. If that doesn’t fix the problem, you’ll need a plumber to inspect the heater. Replacement may be necessary if mineral sediment has solidified inside the tank.

For advice on troubleshooting low water pressure and professional service to fix the causes, contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.

Image via


"Ernie & Mike did a superb job on my new furnace and A/C installation. Despite having more than a day’s work to do, they came in and stayed until the job was done. They were organized, efficient, and protected the rest of the house well. Got both furnace and A/C installed the same day. Ernie was courteous, informative, and clearly knew his job better than anyone I’ve encountered before. The units look so good guests now get The Tour of our new system. Apollo is clearly not a fly-by-night company. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a new furnace and/or A/C."
- Jerry A.
"I called Apollo because of a water leak I thought I had in our upstairs shower going into the kitchen. Robbie came and assured me everything was fine & looked at all the other plumbing. He ended up changing a few pipes for our washer & clearing a drain. He was very nice & knowledgeable with all my questions. I ended up signing up for the care plan & was very happy with my service."
- Cassandra B.
"The team at Apollo exceeded my expectations. As a business owner, my attention to the details and commitment to providing excellent service is high. From the sales rep. to the installation team, everyone’s performance was outstanding. For example, the installation team went to great lengths to protect our floors, placing floor runners and across the wood floors and up the stairs. They even were spot washing walls upon their departure. I highly recommend this company."
- Randy B.
"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
- Sarah B.
"Apollo is an excellent company. I always receive great service. Alex A. was professional and friendly. He kept me informed during the process of checking my furnace and heat pump to make sure they were working properly. The company makes sure you are notified who is coming and when they are on the way. All my interactions with the company have been wonderful."
- Beverly S.



    Apollo Care Plan