Improve Your Poor Water Pressure

Anyone who has ever stood under a meagre trickle of water in the shower will know that having good water pressure in the home is one of life’s essentials.

There is nothing worse than going for a nice refreshing shower in the morning to be faced with a lack of water. Low water pressure can affect many different areas of your life, from your morning shower, to cooking a lovely dinner for your family to washing your clothes.

If you and your household are suffering from low water pressure, here are the steps you can take to improve it…

Stop Valve

For many people, the issue of poor water pressure can be easily solved by checking that the stop valve is fully open.

If you have had recent work carried out on the plumbing, then there is a chance that the stop valve has been moved slightly – affecting your water pressure. Even if you have not had any work carried out, it is still important that you take the time to check the stop valve.


If you have noticed that you are only experiencing low water pressure in certain areas of the home, there is a chance that there may be an obstruction in the pipe work.

If the lower water pressure is coming from a tap, you can check for any obstructions inside the tap by unscrewing the head of the tap and having a look inside. If you do find any obstructions simply remove them and the problem should be solved.


If you live in a hard water area, you may already know that you experience a problem with limescale. Limescale can cause low water pressure in your home as it clogs up pipes and appliances.

An easy way to find out if you have an issue with limescale is from checking the inside of the kettle – if you can see a build up of white/green residue – this means you have limescale.

You can eliminate the limescale problem in the home by using a chemical or magnetic descaler in your water tank.


If none of the above options solves your low water pressure, it is advised that you should carry out your own personal research before calling out a plumber.

Ask you local neighbours if they are experiencing any issues with their water pressure, if they are experiencing troubles, then it is likely a problem with the underground piping. You will have to contact your local council or Water Company to come and solve the problem for you and your neighbours.

Employ Help

If your neighbours are not experiencing any troubles, then it is likely an issue with your own personal piping in the home.

At this point you are best off employing help and making an appointment with a plumber to come and look at the problem. You should not rush into finding a plumber – instead take your time to find an affordable qualified plumber.

Avoid contacting a plumber during emergency hours as you will get charged much more during these hours.

Jonathon bought a digital flow gauge from Vernon Morris Ltd to check the water flow in his home to find the cause of his low water pressure.

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