There is nothing more frustrating than eagerly anticipating a shower only to find that the water pressure is so low that you need to run around the shower to get wet! Low water pressure is a real problem for many homeowners, however, what causes this loss in pressure?
We’ve identified here 7 different causes. All of which require the know-how of your local plumbing professional to identify and fix. Give us a call if you think you might need your water pressure looked at.
1. Debris and minerals develop in pipelines
An accumulation of particles and minerals in your pipes can gradually trigger a low water pressure with time. Sand, dirt and other pollutants that enter through your home’s sinks. Or a little fracture in the water pipes, can all reduce the diameter of the pipes. This results in reduced water pressure. Your plumbing professional can use CCTV to determine any debris or mineral development that is causing the low water pressure.
2. Rust build up inside piping
No matter the age of your pipes, with time there is constantly a slow accumulation of deterioration that isn’t constantly flushed through the system. Even though most pipes are expected to last for 20 years or more, sooner or later you will observe a decrease in pressure which might be due to corrosion. Rusty pipes require to be replaced by a certified plumbing professional.
3. Numerous Faucet Use and Small Pipes
Property owners typically prefer several restrooms and other water outlets in their house. This inevitably results in more than one shower or tap being used at one time. Not surprisingly, without a boost in the capability of your main pipes that provides water to your home, utilizing numerous outlets at the same time will continue to reduce the water pressure down the line. See our article on main pipes here.
4. Partially Shut Valves
Low water pressure could be due to one or more partially shut valves. These minimize the circulation of water to your house’s outlets. They are usually situated close to taps and other water outlets. Normally, there is a pressure release valve and a primary water worth that can become trapped half-open. Finding the defective worth and correcting the problem is a task for an experienced plumbing professional.
5. Hot Water Low Water Pressure
This can be due to a higher need for warm water at one time than can be provided by your hot water system. Because your pipes can’t cope with the capability required, it can likewise be due to a faulty water pressure valve located in your hot water system or even. Replacing the valve is an easy job, however, if the capability of the pipes is too small or your warm water system can’t deliver the required volumes of hot water, you will need to consider your options.
6. Water Leakages
Rather than a slow drop in water pressure then you might have a water leakage somewhere in your pipes. Obvious causes are easy to find, but if you can’t see anything, you might have a hidden leak underground. Your local plumber can inspect your pipes and locate the leakage using CCTV.
7. Community water supply breakdowns
Sometimes, the low water pressure problem isn’t in your home, however with the council’s supply of water to your house. Their pipes are just as susceptible to dirt, particles, deterioration, mineral accumulation and cracks as the pipelines in your house, so it always pays to check with your municipal water provider before employing your local plumber.
For more help with low water pressure contact your local plumber, and if you’re in Brisbane, be sure you give us a call!