A drop in the rate of water flow can happen in any of your water outlets. Whether it is the kitchen faucets, bathroom faucets, toilet or garden hose it is inconveniencing when the water pressure is low. It makes daily activities such as showering, washing and doing the dishes time consuming. When faced with low water pressure, the first step is to identify the cause and either call a plumber or fix it yourself.
Causes of Low Water Pressure
1. Malfunctioning pressure regulators. Over time, pressure regulators get worn out hence causing a reduction in their efficiency controlling water pressure.
2. Leaks. Both small and large water leaks in a system will result to low pressure due to decreased volume of water over time.
3. Peak periods. Often, water pressure is low during the peak periods in the evenings and mornings when everyone has their taps running.
4. Mineral and debris deposits on the pipes. Over time mineral deposits accumulate in the pipes delivering the water to your house hence reducing the rate of flow. Likewise, sand particles and other debris accumulate in the pipe and pose a risk for fracture.
5. Long and wide supply pipes. The longer the water pipes, the longer the distance that the water has to travel before it gets to your faucets. As a result, the water looses momentum hence the low pressure.
6. Numerous fittings along the piping. The more bends, stop taps, meters, ferrules and other fittings a piping system has, the more the water is slowed down.
7. The position of storage water tank. Water flows from the source via underground pipes to a storage water tank which supplies water to your house. if the tank is positioned very high in relation to the supply pipe, then the water loses pressure as it flows up.
Diagnosis of the Cause of Low Water Pressure
Inspect you water system to identify any of the above causes. Also, find out whether the problem is only at your home or in the neighborhood especially if you have a shared water system. The extent of the problem will determine whether repair measures are within your jurisdiction.
For instance, if you have a shared water system and the problem is corroded pipes then you do not have the power to call the plumber to fix it. Municipal council and the property managers will have to be involved.
Managing Low Water Pressure
Below are measures you can take to manage low water pressure:
1. Fit booster pumps. There are different types and sizes of domestic pumps that can be installed in private supply pipes and in-house pipes to boost water flow. If living on rental property, consult with your property manager as the process will require use of extra power and piping.
2. Replace your pipes. If your pipes are very long and wide, work with a plumber to upgrade the piping work to a suitable degree.
3. Repair leaks. Depending on the magnitude of the leaks, you may need to replace the pipes affected or have a plumber close up the fractured lines.
4. If the position of your water tank is below 10metres you may want to either install a pump or place the tank to a lower position.
5. Alter your schedule so as to maximize water use in the off-peak season when water pressure is high.
6. Always ensure that the home and customer valves are always on.
It is crucial to work with a professional to diagnose the cause of low water pressure and execute the necessary repairs. PlumberHq has a team of experts to help you with your low water pressure. Contact us today for a free consultation.