Low water pressure can make the simplest tasks such as doing laundry and washing dishes very difficult. When water pressure is low, taking a shower can be a frustrating experience and it can leave you wondering what’s going on with your home’s plumbing.
Low water pressure is a plumbing problem that is easily solved once the source is identified. Luckily, experienced plumbers know which usual suspects to investigate.
It doesn’t take much debris to cause problems. But what kind of debris could be in my pipes, you ask. Pipes catch all sort of debris from dirt, pollutants, sand, and mineral deposits. Sometimes this debris enters the system because of a fracture in the main pipe, but not always.
Plumbers determine if this is the problem by examining small sections of piping for mineral buildup. If a plumber finds buildup, the solution may be hydro-jetting or using chemicals to dissolve the clog.
Pipes that are fractured will leak. When there is a leak, water doesn’t flow at the same rate. It’s that simple. Identifying the source of the leak can be a bit trickier. Homeowners who suspect a leak can perform a simple test that will help them give their technician a bit more information upon arrival. This test is conducted by turning off all the water to the house for a period of a couple hours. Check the water meter after you do this, go see a movie, and when you return, check the meter again. If the meter indicates water usage while the water has been turned off, it’s pretty obvious there is a leak in the main line.
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When a plumber comes to you home, he or she will perform a video camera inspection to figure out exactly where the leak is in the pipe. This amazing service saves a lot of time and money by pinpointing the exact location almost immediately.
If you home has galvanized or steel pipes, the cause of the low water pressure could be corrosion. These kinds of pipes are built to last decades, but that doesn’t mean that buildup can break them down over time. When corrosion occurs, repairs are not always possible. In a case like this, you may need to replace the pies.
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Municipal Water Supply Problems
Lastly, if a plumber comes to your home and cannot find the source of the low water pressure, it could be an issue that needs to be taken up with your municipal water supply company. Municipal water suppliers can experience the same kinds of problems with the pipes at their buildings as homeowners just on a bigger scale. Call the water supply company to find out if other customers are having problems and for a resolution timeline.
As with any plumbing problem, it’s important to call for repairs right away. Waiting for the problem to solve itself will get you nowhere. Your handy, local plumber has a number of solutions for all problems and budget.
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