If you have low water pressure in your home, it can be difficult to shower, wash dishes, and more. There are many things that can cause this problem, two of which are listed below. Once you're identified the problem, you can get your water pressure back to normal again.

Clogged Aerator

If you are having low water pressure in one fixture, such as the bathroom or kitchen faucet, the problem could be a clogged aerator. The aerator is located at the tip of the water faucet. The aerator screws onto the faucet so it is easy to remove. The job of this part is to cause the water to come out in a steady flow with an even stream.

Unscrew the aerator and see if you see any type of built-up gunk. If there is anything, you need to clean the aerator. Soak it in some hot water for a few minutes and then use a small brush to clean the inside of the aerator. If the part looks worn or you are not able to get it clean, purchase a new aerator. You can find them at home improvement stores and they are inexpensive.

When you are finished cleaning or have bought a new aerator, screw it back on, and turn the water on. You should have full water pressure.

Water Shutoff Valve Partially Opened

If you are having low water pressure problems in your entire home, the water shutoff valve could be partially opened. Go outside and find the water meter. This may be close to the street or nearer to your home. Once you find the meter you will see a valve next to it. Depending on the type of water meter you have there may be a valve on each side of the meter.

The valve should be completely closed. To determine this, turn the valve counterclockwise to make sure it is tight.  If you can turn the valve, then it was partially opened. Turn it counterclockwise until you cannot turn it any more. This should restore your water pressure to normal levels.

When you go into your home turn on one faucet first to see if the water pressure is good. If so, turn the faucet off and check all rooms that have water.

This could happen if there has been any work done to your water meter. The contractor likely thought they closed the valves all the way but failed to do so.

If you are not able to determine the cause of your low water pressure, hire a plumber to come to your home.