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Old 01-24-2008, 09:09 AM
Location: Piedmont NC
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Have any of you noticed less water pressure where you are? I have wondered if the Town of Cary has put flow-restrictors on the system or something -- it would make sense, I guess, given current conditions, but I would like to know.

I have less pressure in the shower, and it already had a flow-restrictor. My dishwasher doesn't seem to have enough pressure to get things clean on the top shelf, and it's nothing to do with the unit being dirty, or a filter needing to be cleaned. It is a decent-enough appliance, right at about 7 years old.
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:31 AM
Location: Triangle area, NC
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How long has this been going on? Are you sure you don't have a small leak somewhere? I actually had this happen in a house that I once lived in. The water pressure was off a little for about 3 months. The house had a small whole-house water filter in the crawlspace that I changed every 3 months. I finally realized that the last time I changed the filter, I neglected to turn the dial on the filter system all the way open to allow water flow back to the pipes. When I changed the filter again, I made sure to open the valve fully to allow for full water pressure. Problem solved! Also, if you recently opened or closed your main water shut-off valve, that may be the issue. If the valve is bad, it might not open all the way.
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:23 PM
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My company specializes in fixing this problem. As some of the other posts indicate...the first place to look is the pressure reducing valve usually in your crawlspace. If your utility is supplying enough pressure..then clean the valve and reset it at a higher pressure. If this doesnt work...we specialize in constant pressure home booster systems that allow you to increase the incoming pressure to whatever setpoint you want. The benefit to these systems is you can be in your shower...run your dishwasher...flush the toilet....and wash your car...without any pressure drop. The key is constant pressure. In other words 60-70 psi at all times.

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