Having a home that suffers from low water pressure can be a huge inconvenience and ruin what should be an effective and well-structured kitchen or bathroom. Heading upstairs to wash away the stress of a long day should be a relaxing experience which allows you to unwind and freshen up; turning the nozzle only to find a weak pitter-patter of warm water is a sure fire way to not only ruin your shower, but dampen your mood too.
There are several factors that can cause water pressure problems once the flow reaches you, and it may be a little difficult to get your head around to start with. One thing that is worth noting is that DIY plumbing is not recommended to anyone who does not know exactly what they are doing; a wrong move could quite easily floor your home and increase the cost of repair tenfold.
So, let’s have a look at what can cause water pressure problems and how you can expect to isolate them.
What Causes Water Pressure Problems?
The amount of water pressure located in the main line can be completely irrelevant if your plumbing system works against it in some way; commonly this is caused by the size and diameter of the pipes in your home. To put it simply, there are a few issues that affect the amount of water your pipe system can carry, so be sure to look out for:
- Thin pipes (it stands to reason that pipes with a smaller diameter cannot carry as much water as those with a larger diameter).
- General Corrosion in the appliances in your home or the pipe system, this can cause loss of water and water pressure along the pipe system.
- The usage of water in your home at any one time can easily cause water pressure problems; this is common in households with large families or numerous residents as the water flow is being divided between appliances each time they are used. For example, if you are enjoying a nice hot shower and suddenly to are treated to a freezing cold trickle, it is more than likely that someone is using an appliance elsewhere in the house such as the kitchen sink or washing machine. Ensuring you allocate time for extensive water usage is the easy way out of this problem.
- Leaks are an obvious cause of water pressure problems, yet often overlooked. Taps with a constant leak will consistently detract from the overall water pressure in your home and could cause more problems further down the line.