Every homeowner has had to deal with a sink or shower that does not drain properly. But, what happens when the water coming out of your spigots is not flowing properly? Strong water pressure is vital to washing your hands, washing the dishes, taking a shower, and so much more.?
When your home or office is not getting the water pressure it should, you could have serious underlying problems with your plumbing. Today, our team is examining the most common water pressure problems, and how they can impact your home.
A Failing Pressure Regulator
Not every home or office plumbing setup comes with a pressure regulator. If there is a regulator installed, you can test it to see how much PSI is being used. A pressure gauge placed on your outdoor spigot can tell you if the pressure regulator is working properly or not. The regulator can easily be replaced by an experienced plumber in Lexington, NC.
Corroded or Clogged Pipes
Common water pressure problems in North Carolina also include corroded or clogged pipes. Do you know how old the pipes are in your home? If you have an older home that never had the plumbing updated, you likely have copper pipes. These pipes can easily become corroded. You might also have galvanized steel pipes, which typically have a lifespan of just 20 years.
Corrosion can also occur if you have added new plumbing fixtures to the home after you purchased it. This could include adding a dishwasher, adding a second or third bathroom, building a laundry room, or adding outdoor spigots.
A clogged pipe does not only occur directly below a drain. Pipes can clog deep into their run underneath the floor and the house, leading to low water pressure as not much water will make it through the clog to the spigot. This is absolutely a situation where a licensed plumber should be called for service.
A pipe that has a leak will undoubtedly cause you to suffer water pressure problems in your North Carolina home or office. Finding a puddle of water on your unfinished basement floor is a sure sign of a leak. However, it doesn?t take this much water to cause low water pressure. Even the smallest of leaks can lower the pressure of your water.
Faulty Plumbing Fixtures
If the water pressure is low at every plumbing fixture in the home or office, you likely have a leak, corroded pipe, or other serious problem that impacts the whole structure. However, if you are dealing with low water pressure at just one or two fixtures, those fixtures could be faulty.
A faucet is equipped with an aerator, which lowers the water pressure coming from the spigots so it is not overwhelming. If the fixture is older, the aerator can become clogged or covered in rust or limestone. The aerator can be removed and cleaned. If this doesn?t solve the water pressure problem, you should have a plumber inspect the fixture.
If your home or office is dealing with water pressure problems, call the experienced and licensed team at Freedle Plumbing to schedule an appointment for service. You can call our office at 336-731-2681 to schedule service today and have your plumbing questions answered.