Low water pressure is one of the problems in plumbing systems that will have to face occasionally. When the pressure is low, it becomes difficult to bathe, clean utensils or water your lawn. It is both annoying and frustrating. However, once you know the causes and potential red areas, dealing with the challenge becomes much easier. Below is a rundown of common causes and how best to deal with each of them:
Buildup of debris and minerals
In the event of pipe bursts, dirt and sand particles find their way into your plumbing system. On the other hand, minerals in the water leave deposits on pipes. With time, these deposits accumulate to an extent of blocking the pipes. These two, debris and mineral deposits block your water supply system culminating in reduced water pressure. Once you identify the affected section, you can use chemicals and other plumbing solutions to flush out debris.
Galvanized and steel pipes are designed with a life expectancy of 20 years or thereabout. After this period lapses, the pipes will have corroded and hence block water flow. Corrosion occurs naturally as a result of pipe wear and tear. The corroded material causes low water pressure. If you happen to live in places where plumbing networks have never been upgraded for a long time, you will experience this problem. The only solution left is to replace the entire pipe network.
Leaks in the system
Leaks occurring anywhere along the pipes have an effect of reducing pressure of the water flow. This is because; some of the water is getting lost along the way. There is a simple way of checking for leaks. Shut all taps within your home. Take the meter reading. After several hours go back and take a second reading. If you notice a change in the two readings, then know that water is leaking somewhere. Contact your plumber services provider and have the situation under control.
Malfunctions in local authority’s supply system
There are instances when the pressure problems are not of your own making. Your pipes are intact and have been serviced. In such an instance, the problem could be traced to where your water supply comes from. The same problems that affect your home’s water supply can translocate to the municipal council but in a larger scale. The supply network gets damaged when road or building construction companies dig up sites and destroy water pipes. Such damages affect the pressure of water getting to homes, yours included. Usually calls to the local authority will have them springing into action.
Problems associated with low water pressure are best dealt with by professional plumbers. Make sure you choose your service provider carefully. Ask your friends or neighbors to recommend some good plumbers.