05 Apr. 23

Solving Low Water Pressure Issues: The Hidden Culprit in Your Water Softener

Low water pressure in your home can be frustrating and inconvenient, impacting everything from showering to washing dishes. If you’ve noticed fluctuating water pressure or a sudden drop in pressure, your water softener might be the culprit. In this blog post, we’ll explore the connection between water pressure and water softeners, as well as provide guidance on troubleshooting and resolving the issue.

  1. Bypassing the Water Softener: If you’re experiencing low or inconsistent water pressure, the first step is to bypass your water softener. By doing so, you’ll be able to determine if the issue is related to the softener or if there’s another problem at hand. If your water pressure returns to normal after bypassing the softener, it’s likely that the issue lies within the softening system.
  2. Understanding Resin Issues: Water softeners contain resin beads inside the tank, which help remove hard minerals from your water supply. Over time, the resin can degrade and become less effective, turning into a jelly-like consistency that obstructs water flow and reduces pressure. If your water pressure issues seem to come and go over a period of days, it’s possible that your resin is beginning to fail.
  3. Regeneration and Deteriorating Resin: When your water softener regenerates, it cleans the resin beads and temporarily restores water pressure. However, if the resin is deteriorating, the pressure will likely decrease again within a few days. As the resin continues to degrade, you may notice a more significant drop in water pressure. In such cases, it’s essential to schedule a resin replacement for your water softener.
  4. High-Quality vs. Low-Quality Softeners: If you own a high-quality water softener, finding a professional to replace the resin should be relatively easy. However, if you have a lower-end unit, it might be more cost-effective to retire the softener and invest in a new, higher-quality system.
  5. When to Call for Help: If bypassing your water softener doesn’t resolve the issue, it’s essential to contact your water company to investigate any possible problems on their end. In case of sudden, unusual low water pressure, it’s always best to consult a professional to diagnose and address the issue.

Low water pressure can be a significant inconvenience, but understanding the role of your water softener in the problem can help you find a solution. If you suspect that your water softener is causing pressure fluctuations or sudden drops in pressure, don’t hesitate to call Lisa at (210) 960-2555 for expert advice and assistance in resolving the issue. With the right approach, you can restore your home’s water pressure and enjoy the full benefits of your water softening system.