Here in Worcester, low water pressure is something many homeowners deal with. It's become so prevalent, in fact, that it has caught the attention of city officials who have been working to come up with a solution. .
However, there are a few different situations that can lead to low water pressure, and it takes an expert like the plumbers at your local Worcester Roto-Rooter to help you deal with them. Let's take a look at a few of the most common causes of low water pressure, and what you should do if you encounter this problem in your home.
1. Leaks in your home's plumbing
One of the most obvious issues that can result in low water pressure is a leak in the plumbing. When the problem is significant enough, it can impact water flow throughout the entire house. Smaller leaks aren't as easy to pinpoint, especially if they are hidden leaks, but can still prevent water from flowing at the correct pressure to where it is needed.
Try turning off all water taps connected to the home and recording the number listed on the water meter. After waiting an hour or two, check the meter again to see if anything has changed. Even a small increase in water use while the taps are off is symptomatic of a leak, and a problem that must be dealt with immediately. Check out our video that offers DIY finding and repairing leaks tips and tricks.
2. Corrosion or debris buildup in pipes
Another problem that can create low water pressure is a buildup of corrosion or pollutants, sand or dirt in your pipes. Because Hamilton is located so near Lake Ontario as well as Lake Erie, it is possible for debris to end up in your pipes. These particles can settle on the bottom of horizontally running pipes, creating water pressure issues.
Corrosion can also impact water flow, particularly in older homes that use steel or galvanized pipe systems throughout the house. These materials are more prone to corrosion that results from regular use over the years, but can build up and block the path of flowing water.
This is the type of problem that is best solved with the help of an expert. A licensed, knowledgeable Roto-Rooter plumber can let you know if your home has steel or galvanized pipes that can be impacted by corrosion, as well as the best strategy for dealing with, or replacing these systems.
3. Problems with the municipal water supply
If low water pressure is a persistent problem in your home, it could be an issue taking place outside of your residence. Despite the city's best efforts, problems like a buildup of scale or even repairs on the water lines can prevent adequate water flow to your home.
How to solve water pressure problems
There are a few DIY ways to troubleshoot low water pressure. Whether your water pressure issues stem from corrosive pipes, a leak in the plumbing or complications with the municipal water supply, it's important to work with a skilled plumber who can identify the cause, and work quickly to fix it.
Roto-Rooter plumbers are licensed, trained and equipped to bring your water pressure back up to normal. For more information, or to make an appointment, contact us today.