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Is Your Home’s Water Pressure Too Low?

January 27, 2016

Many homeowners have dealt with low water pressure in the house at least once. The experience is not something to look forward to because it makes simple daily activities like showering and washing frustrating. While this is a common plumbing problem, the real challenge is identifying its cause. Let’s take a look at some of these causes and their workarounds.

Debris Buildup in Pipes

Sand, dirt and other water pollutants can enter your home’s piping at points of fracture. Even if there are no fractures, mineral build up will still take place inside the pipes. Remember, even a small amount of such deposits can create a blockage and thus reduce water pressure in the home. Corrosion can also build up, especially in steel pipes after several years of usage.

Plumbing Leaks

A leak in your home’s plumbing system could also be the reason for the reduced water pressure. This is because it redirects water and thus not all of it will flow towards the proper places. Determining if you have a leak is pretty straightforward. Simply shut down all the water taps inside and outside the house then record the meter reading. Come back and check on the meter again after a couple of hours to see if it has changed. If this is the case, call us to help you identify the leak and fix it.

Municipal Water Malfunctions

There are also times when the low pressure has nothing to do with you or your home‘s plumbing. When there are pressure problems from the provider’s end, then you will definitely feel the effect. A malfunction in the area’s municipal water supply affects numerous people in the area and talking to your neighbor can help you tell if that is the cause of your water problem.

Turned off valves and peak periods are also some of the common causes of low water pressure. Once you have identified that the problem does not lie with the external supply, it is always prudent to involve a plumber to fix the problem.

The solution to this problem is never simple, and that is why you need professional plumbers like Tap Roots Plumbing and Heating to help you out. We have the right skills, knowledge and tools to ensure the proper functioning of your plumbing system.


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