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Preventing Plumbing Problems

After moving into a new home, I realized that there were a few problems that I didn't notice during the initial inspection. I started looking around at the plumbing, and it was surprising to see how many problems there were with the house. There were bad smells coming out of the drains, the pipes seemed like they were always clogged, and I was having trouble getting hot water. I knew that I needed to do what I could to prevent plumbing problems, and it all started with working with the right professional. This blog is here to help people to recognize the signs of plumbing problems.

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Why Is Your Water Pressure So Low?

Does your shower release a rather underwhelming stream of water? Maybe it takes forever for you to fill the sink to wash dishes. Low water pressure is a real issue for many homeowners, and many ignore it for years because they don't realize they can do anything about it. Here's a closer look at some common causes of low water pressure and how to address them.

Leaks

You'd notice a leak if it were in one of the pipes inside your home, but the problem is that leaks that are big enough to lead to a loss of water pressure are often found in the pipes leading to your home. The only real "symptoms" they might cause would be an extra-high water bill, a wet yard, and the low water pressure you're experiencing. Compare your water bill to those of your neighbors, and pay attention to your yard to see if you notice any ongoing wet spots. If you suspect a leak, your plumber may have to replace or repair some of the main pipes leading into your home, but once this is done, you can look forward to better water pressure.

Scaling in the Pipes

Over time, minerals can leave the water and form deposits on the inside of your pipes. These are similar to the deposits you may see on your shower head or faucets. When the deposits  are found in one of your home's major pipes, they can restrict the flow of water through the pipes, leading to low water pressure. Some signs deposits might be to blame for your issues include:

  • The appearance of deposits on your fixtures. (If minerals are depositing here, they're probably depositing inside your pipes, too.)
  • Knowledge that your area has hard water. (Hard water has a higher concentration of dissolved minerals)

Your plumber should be able to detect a deposit pretty quickly by sending a camera into your main pipes. If one is found, you'll need to have that section of pipe replaced. Then, you should install a water softener to remove minerals from the water, preventing future deposits from forming. Water softeners are simple appliances; they attach to your main pipe and treat water as it enters your home.

Don't continue living with low water pressure and wishing for a forceful, more enjoyable shower. Get to the bottom of the issue and address its causes. Life is too short for wimpy, drippy showers.