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Low Water Pressure ? Do your pipes rattle when you turn on the hot water or heavy water flow? How about when you run the warm or hot water through the bathtub or sink tap. Maybe you left the hot water heater on for a good five minutes but still, the hot water only lasts for a minute. These are all signs of serious plumbing issues that need attention.
Abnormal water pressure is a common problem in residential plumbing systems, particularly in homes with pipes that are older than 20 or 30 years.
Today, many structures have plumbing installed with regulators to control water pressure from getting out of hand, but older buildings and homes did not have such controls. These gauges and valves control the flow so that it doesn’t overwhelm the pipe system in the structure. However, municipal agencies have upgraded their water systems over the years, so the water pressure today is far more than what was in the system 30 years ago.
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Common signs of water regulators beginning to fail tend to be fluctuating water pressure, a significant change in the water flow coming through the plumbing, and if the water is burping and then surging out of a tap. Let’s not forget the common rattling or vibrating pipes as a sign of too much pressure in the system. Other signs are where water may be leaking out of valves either in toilets, taps, or pipe connections.
A layperson may think it’s really the valve or joint that has a weakness, rather than the fact that the pressure is greater than the valve was designed for, thanks to a regulator failure.
The more that the water line regulators begin to deteriorate, the less the control aspect is in place. The pressure becomes too great and it pushes its way through into the rest of the building’s plumbing system. Regulator failure can occur due to age or if the unit gets damaged somehow. Oftentimes, leaks won’t be seen until they are big, strong, and expensive to fix, since they are commonly buried behind the walls of the home. Fixing these issues is a whole other ordeal, and a costly one as well. Failure generally requires a replacement of the unit, and the installation of a new part can be a technical affair. This is not a standard do-it-yourself fix. This is when you need the help of a professional.
You do not have to handle these kinds of issues on your own. The Plumber is here to help any home or business owner. Just a quick call will get you the peace of mind you want.
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Do You Have Low Water Pressure Problems?
If you live in a home with low water pressure problems, it can have a dramatic effect on your life. This is especially apparent when you’re showering, it’s especially hard to rinse the soap away, and it’s also noticeable in other areas in your home.
Water using appliances may take longer to fill, the cleaning cycles may be longer and the water supplied to your taps could be reduced to a dribble. This is frustrating, and it’s an inefficient use of water and energy at the same time.
Below, we will take a look at some common causes of low water pressure problems and some helpful advice on how to restore adequate water pressure to your home.
Municipal Water Valve Issues
If your home is connected to a municipal city water supply, there will be a pair of important valves that you need to be aware of. The first valve is located outside, it will be at street level, and it’s usually next to your water meter.
The second valve could be inside or outside your home, this is the main water shut-off valve, and it’s often located near your water heater.
If one or both of these valves is partially closed, you may notice that your water pressure is lower than it should be. This is an uncommon problem, but if you have a sudden change in your water pressure, it’s worth investigating these two valves.
The municipality operates the water meter valve. If any repairs or utility work has been carried out in your neighborhood recently and the water pressure drops that could be the cause. If this is not the case, make sure that the water shut-off valve is fully open to eliminate that as a possible cause.
Water Pressure Regulator Valve Issues
Some homes have a different type of valve fitted, this is known as a pressure regulator, and it’s installed to lower water pressure. If the water coming into the home has excessively high water pressure, it can create a number of problems.
Plumbing pipes and fixtures are put under considerable strain, and this can lead to leaks and burst pipes. Any water-using appliances can easily be damaged, and a plumbing expert will recommend a pressure regulator to fix the problem.
If you have a pressure regulator installed in your home and it fails there could be a sudden decrease or increase in water pressure. A pressure regulator can fail when sediment has built up in the valve, and this can lead to short cycling issues, pump problems, and blockages in the plumbing system. If you suspect that the pressure regulator is the source of your water pressure issues, it’s a good idea to contact a local certified plumbing professional.
The valve may still be working, but it could need adjustment to meet the water pressure demands for your home. As an example: you may notice that you cannot get good water pressure for showering if the washing machine is running at the same time. These types of water pressure demand issues can be related to your pressure regulator.
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The most common indicators of a malfunctioning water pressure regulator are:
- High/low water pressure
- High/low water flow
- Surging water
- Banging pipes
- Vibrating pipes
- Leaking toilet fill valves
- Leaking hot water relief valves
- Broken pipes and leaking faucets
These symptoms are not always apparent, and they are often linked to other plumbing system problems.
Blocked Plumbing Pipes
Plumbing pipes can become blocked by dissolved minerals found in hard water supplies. Over time, a thin film of water hardening minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and iron will develop, and then it will gradually form into scale.
As the scale gets thick, the diameter of the plumbing pipe will decrease, the flow of water and the water pressure will be decreased. Hard water issues can be solved with a water softener, but the accumulated scale in your plumbing pipes will remain.
A local qualified plumber will be able to assess the extent of the problem, some repairs or even a pipe replacement may be needed to restore your water pressure.
Blocked Taps and Fixtures
If you notice that your water pressure problems are isolated to specific taps and/or fixtures, there could be a blockage or corrosion located there. This is often simple to fix; shower heads can be cleaned to get rid of the scale, and the aerators in your tap are easy to replace.
But, it’s important to realize that this will probably be a temporary fix at best and the underlying causes have not been dealt with. Eventually, the problem will resurface, and this is probably due to the build-up of scale from hard water as discussed above. If you want to get rid of this problem for good, it will be necessary to install a water softener in your home.
Corroded Plumbing Pipes
If you have older galvanized iron plumbing pipes, they can be blocked with scale, and they are also vulnerable to restriction due to corrosion. If your water has a low pH level, it’s too acidic, and if the pH level is too high, it’s too alkaline. Water that’s too acidic or alkaline can corrode iron galvanized iron pipes and even copper pipes can be corroded by water that’s too alkaline.
If there are elevated levels of dissolved oxygen, total dissolved solids (TDS), sediment and sand, and sulfates or iron bacteria, present this can cause wear and tear on your plumbing pipes that can lead to corrosion.
If you have higher water temperatures, the corrosion risk also increases and that’s why some people notice a drop in water pressure when they use hot water.
When you’re trying to diagnose the cause of low water pressure, the geyser is a good place to investigate. If you notice the water pressure is reduced when you use hot water your geyser could be struggling to meet your demands.
Again, this could be caused by a build-up of scale inside your water heater pipes, and this is restricting the water flow in and out of the unit. In some cases, the damage can be repaired, but it’s far more likely that the geyser will need to be replaced.
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If you are struggling with low water pressure, a trusted and experienced plumber can diagnose your problems and fix them quickly.
The Plumber has been providing service to residents for over 20 years. We are the trusted name in plumbing. We perform installations and repair, helping you to keep your household and business running smoothly. Our services cover a wide range of home and business owner needs, ranging from blocked drains and toilets to serious leaks or ruptures in plumbing systems. We can diagnose what is causing your low water pressure and recommend solutions.
At The Plumber, we always offer a free estimate before beginning any repairs or installations. Do not hesitate to contact us today if you are experiencing issues with the plumbing in your home or office.
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