Can a Water Softener Cause Low Water Pressure

The best way to fix the issue of hard water is with a water softener. After installing an in-home water softener system and removing the hard water in your home, you may have noticed a drop in water pressure.

The issue may arise suddenly, without warning, or gradually develop as the water pressure gradually decreases. Before taking harsh measures, it is vital to rule out other potential causes of the low water pressure before concluding that your water softener is at fault.


Does the Water Pressure Drop After Installing a Water Softener?

Other additional causes could contribute to drop water pressure, such as:

  • Low water pressure in your neighbors’ homes
  • Your city’s water agency may be responsible for fixing it.
  • The interior diameter of the water pipes has shrunk due to corrosion.
  • The water softener you have is too little for your needs.
  • The water pressure and flow rate will suffer if the water softener isn’t adequate for the household’s needs.



It’s possible that your water softener is undergoing regeneration (also known as self-cleaning) or is stuck in an automatic regeneration cycle and isn’t allowing enough unsoftened water to pass through.



A partially closed valve usually causes low water pressure at one fixture. If a washer slips, several pipes could clog. Clogged showerheads don’t affect water pressure elsewhere.


Sources of Water

Outside your home, there is likely a large lever that may be used to cut off the water supply.


Poorly Adjusted Water Pressure Control

Before the water softener, there is a brass shutoff valve on the main water line. Raise the water pressure but do so carefully. More stress could cause unexpected complications. Turn on a nearby faucet so you can see the results of your work as you go.


Somewhere Along the Water Supply Pipe Lies a Hidden Leak

It’s crucial to track down and address this problem as soon as possible because it can cause significant harm if left unchecked.