Low water pressure in your home can cause serious inconvenience in performing your daily house chores. And as it always is, you can’t find the right solution to your low water pressure problem without knowing its root cause. Below is a list of the common causes of this frustrating issue.
Hard water. The water that reaches your home is not pure. As the water moves through the environment, it carries with it tiny sediments that makes it “hard”. Over time, this deposits build up to form scales or the familiar “rings” in the pipes, impeding optimal water flow. Its effect is mostly obvious in shower heads, toilets, and sink where water has to pass through tiny holes. According to Plumbing.about.com, if you notice that the water flow in the sink is regular but not in the shower head, it can be a sign that it’s blocked with scales from mineral deposits.
Leaks. Any pipe damage that leads to leakage can lower water pressure. How, then, do you determine whether you have a leak or not? First, shut off all water taps inside and outside of your house and then take note of your meter reading. Check it after a couple of hours and see if it has increased. If positive, it’s likely that you have a leak. Call a professional Barrie plumber from service providers like Harris Plumbing right away to locate the leak and do the necessary piping repairs of replacement.
External Factors. This has more to do with the distribution of water in your area. For instance, you may be using your water at peak time, the time of the day when your neighbors are likely to use the water too, such as when showering in the morning, cooking dinner at night or watering the lawn; you may consider adjusting your routines. Low pressure can also be due to problems in your municipal water supply facility. So call it to confirm the problem and when it’s going to be fixed.
Pressure regulator. The regulator controls the high pressure water supply into a more manageable pressure for the outlets. Pressure must be set right upon installation since too low can cause equipment, such as the boiler and washing machine, to fail. In addition, the regulator faces problems, too, like blockage from debris deposits that enter leaky pipes or a lost or worn pump, the part which helps the machine control the water.
You can identify the causes yourself through proper monitoring of your home’s water usage and regularly checking the control points. If you discover serious issues like leaks, pipe blockage or damaged equipment, it is best to call on professional Aurora plumbers.
(Source: Low Water Pressure, Plumbing.About.com)