What It Means When Your Water Pressure Drops

Nothing is more frustrating than turning on a faucet or shower and getting only a dribble of water. If your water pressure starts to drop, you shouldn’t ignore it. Whether sudden or gradual, a decline in water pressure is a sign that there’s a problem with your pipes. You’re going to need to have a professional plumber examine your system to determine the exact cause. Here are a few of the more common causes of water pressure issues.


Leaks are by far the most common cause of water pressure loss and they remain a threat to modern plumbing systems. Though today’s copper pipes are resistant to many different kinds of corrosion, there are still some types that can eat holes in them. The larger the leak, the larger the drop in water pressure. Leaks tend to be the first things that plumbers look for when addressing a water pressure problem.


A rupture is like a leak, but so much worse. It occurs when your pipe bursts for a number of different reasons. Here in Pennsylvania, frozen pipes tend to be the most likely to rupture. This results in less of a drop in water pressure, and more of a complete stoppage of water flow. It is very important that you shut off your water and call for repairs immediately if you suspect a pipe has ruptured.


Finally, it is possible that you have a blockage somewhere in the plumbing system. The most common cause of pipe blockages is lime scale, which is the result of long-term hard water exposure. Water softeners can be used to soften the water supply of your whole house.

If you’re having a plumbing problem, call Tim Beil Plumbing. We serve all of Northampton, PA