Why Water Is Moving Slowly Through Your Pipes

Whether it's coming into your home or going down the drain, slow-moving water is definitely something to get concerned about. Luckily, it doesn't take too much technical know-how to figure out why water is moving slowly through your pipes.

Slow Moving Water from Faucets

If one or more faucets in your house are discharging water at a slower rate than normal, there are several possible reasons for this. In some cases, you'll be able to handle the issue, but some will require you to call the plumber. Some of these reasons are:

  • Dirty Screen: If your faucet has an internal screen, it could be clogged by debris. These screens are supposed to filter particles from the water. However, these particles can build up and restrict the flow of water past the screen.

  • Shut-off Valve: If your faucet has a shut-off valve, this may have been turned to a barely open position.

  • Damaged tap: The internal components of the faucet may be damaged, preventing the faucet from being able to turn fully open.

  • Low water pressure: The pressure of water coming from the source might be low. You may need to call a professional to take a look.

  • Scale Build-up: If the water you're using is hard, there may be a buildup of scale inside the pipes.

Water Draining Slowly

If water is moving down your drain slowly, it's usually because of a clog of some sort. The type of clog will depend on the location of the drain. For example:

  • Kitchen Sink Drains: These can be clogged by a buildup of fats, food particles, and other debris.

  • Shower and Tub drains: Hair is a major cause of clogging in these drains since hair can trap other debris.

  • Toilets: These are usually clogged by the disposal of the wrong items—e.g. feminine hygiene products, diapers, etc.

Some sinks may also drain slowly if the overflow is blocked. The overflow isn't just an outlet for excess water, it's also an inlet for air which helps to drain the sink faster when it's full.

How to Fix the Problem

For slow water from faucets, cleaning the screens, replacing damaged faucets, and turning on the shut-off valve are easy to do. However, clearing scale buildup may require a professional's help. For slow draining water, the solution is to obviously clear whatever is causing the clog. Although you can do this on your own, there are clogs that require professional tools. And if your clog is getting to the point where water could start backing up through your pipes, call in an emergency plumbing service such as Marv's Plumbing for help.