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NFT: Any plumbers on here? Low water pressure

JohninSC : 1/17/2022 10:19 am
It got pretty cold here last night and I woke up to very low water pressure this morning. My house is off a well system. Went down to the basement and no leaks and no burst pipes.

Kinda scratching my head here.

clogged filtration, clogged pump  
AnnapolisMike : 1/17/2022 10:31 am : link
Failing pump?

Have a pressure gauge on the line into the house?
Could have some frozen/ slushed pipes  
oghwga : 1/17/2022 11:02 am : link
Leave some water running slowly and if that's the case it will flush itself out. How cold is cold?
This just happened at my in-laws  
beatrixkiddo : 1/17/2022 11:09 am : link
The other day with the low temps and wind. They live in an old colonial, where some of the pipes run it is very drafty. They were starting to get a icy/slushy. Just had to open a few closets where the pipes run to get some heat through better, hope it’s a quick fix.
Full disclosure  
Mark from Jersey : 1/17/2022 11:47 am : link
Not a plumber or a well/tank guy.

It may be the tank off your well. It may not be holding pressure. If you gently slap the tank and it sounds like its full the diaphragm/bladder in the tank may be shot. Sounds similar to something that happened to me a few years back.
Beer Man : 1/17/2022 12:01 pm : link
That it occurred during extreme cold I would wait for things to warm up as it may be partially frozen pipes. Until then I recommend letting a number of faucets drip.
Check your Sediment Filter  
Juice921 : 1/17/2022 12:05 pm : link
If it’s all gummed up w sand that will result in low pressure. If you have had a lot of snow melt runoff or rain that can happen.
As is obvious from the variety of replies  
Jim in Fairfax : 1/17/2022 12:32 pm : link
There are a number of potential causes. But given it happened in combination with the cold, freezing pipes would be the most likely. As advised above, open closet/cabinet doors where pipes are behind to allow heat to access walls with pipes and let an upstairs faucet drip.

Once things warm up sufficiently you can move on to other causes if it doesn’t resolve.
Is it low at all faucets?  
rasbutant : 1/17/2022 12:45 pm : link
If it is a frozen pipe situation: If not all faucet you can narrow down the problem area. Then look at the pipes in that area and look for pipes close to the wall or poor insulated areas. Use a hair dryer on the pipe. Oh, also is it just the cold or both hot and cold. If it's both, the hot should clear pretty quickly with running water, but the cold may take a while. If hot water running doesn't clear the hot water line then its probably something else.
Low at all faucets  
JohninSC : 1/17/2022 12:49 pm : link
upstairs no pressure. Was able to run water at the downstairs faucets besides the kitchen sink.

My 30/50 pressure gauge is staying at 30 unless I manually force it to go to 50.
Any updates here?  
oghwga : 1/17/2022 9:02 pm : link
Just curious
Wrap some heat tape on the pipe...  
EricJ : 1/17/2022 9:22 pm : link
that is coming into your home from the well
going to be some bad hair days  
pjcas18 : 1/18/2022 10:39 am : link
no one with hair likes the low flow water pressure.

Don't they have a pill for that?  
Producer : 1/18/2022 10:43 am : link
RE: Check your Sediment Filter  
JohninSC : 1/19/2022 1:32 pm : link
In comment 15557661 Juice921 said:
If it’s all gummed up w sand that will result in low pressure. If you have had a lot of snow melt runoff or rain that can happen.

Update. This was the answer. I tried all the answers in here and a clogged filter was restricting the water flow. Thanks to all those who helped out!
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