Taking a shower with low water pressure is never enjoyable. Poor water pressure is a common problem that many home owners run into. This usually occurs when more than one plumbing fixture is operating at the same time. Whether you are running the dishwasher and doing laundry, or the garden hose is on while someone is in the shower, you will probably experience a lower amount of water pressure. Having a strong water flow come out of your pipes makes life better, more enjoyable showers and cleaner dishes. There are certain steps you can take as a home owner to improve the water flow throughout your home.
Plumbing Inspection Pressure Test
There are many factors when it comes to diagnosing the exact problem that is causing low water pressure in your home. The factors include but are not limited to pressure regulators, elevation, home valves, water leaks, peak periods and mineral deposits. While some of these issues are easy to tackle on your own, others require the skills and experience of a professional plumber. Hiring a professional plumber to perform a thorough inspection of these areas will benefit your home and increase the productivity of your home’s plumbing. A professional plumber has the skills and experience to pinpoint the issue and repair it properly.
Water Pressure Regulators
The water pressure regulators that control the amount of water pressure throughout your home are normally located below the front hose connection of your home. These regulators are usually pre-set at about 45-60 psi and do not normally need to be adjusted. However, sometimes the pressure regulator will become faulty and need to be replaced. Pressure regulators should not be adjusted by the home owner. A professional plumber can easily replace or fix the pressure regulator without causing any additional problems.
Leaky Pipe in Wall or Under Kitchen Sink or Slab
Sometimes poor water pressure in a home can be the result of a leaky pipe. If a pipe is not tightly sealed, the water is not moving at the pressure that it should be, with water escaping at some point through the pipe, lessening the amount of pressure that the water is coming out at. If your water usage has increased without you making any changes, you can bet that you have a leak somewhere in the house. Perform a thorough inspection of faucets and pipes throughout your home to find out where the leak is. Hiring a professional plumber like Absolute Plumbing Inc. will make this task a lot easier and your leak will be found more quickly.