There’s nothing more annoying than having low pressure in your water pipes. You turn on the tap and the water seem to trickle out or you try to have a shower and it barely delivers enough power. Low water pressure can be caused by a wide variety of problems.
Here are just a few of the most common causes;
1. Water pressure can vary naturally
If it’s warm or if there are a lot of people using the supply, it can reduce the power of flow through your own home.
2. Piping in your home
If you have a lot of intricate piping, it can make a big difference. Things like ferrules, bends and stopcocks can all make a difference if they are not fitted properly.
3. Faucet open in shared property
If you share a flat in a complex, there may be issues if someone else has a faucet open in another part of the building. This can be particularly problematic in older buildings.
4. Diameter of pipe
The diameter of the pipe or any blockage can cause issues. Old piping often becomes rusted or bunged up with debris and may need to be replaced if you want to improve water flow.
5. Height above the ground
For example, many people who live at the top of a block of flats will experience some form of low water pressure compared to those living on the ground floor. This can often be remedied by introducing a water pump.
Geographical locations can be a factor as much as height. This can be caused by distance from the main supply and whether your home is on a hill or not.
7. Check stopcock
You may have a stopcock that is half shut or hasn’t been opened properly. This will result in reducing the power and flow of water.
8. Rust and damage
Leaks in pipes can be caused by a variety of factors including rust and damage. Burst pipes in winter will almost definitely lead to a sudden loss of pressure.
9. Type of boiler
What kind of boiler you have installed and whether you have a water tank can also make a difference to the water flow. For example, how high your water tank is fitted will dictate how long it takes to fill after emptying.
10. Adding new appliances
Adding new appliances such as a washing machine or dishwasher, even a shower, can also impact on overall water pressure.
As a Bristol-based plumbing and heating company, we’re the experts you should call if you have a problem with low water pressure in your home. Our fully qualified plumbing teams will be able to assess your situation, find out where the fault is and put it right for you.
Contact us by giving us a call on 0117 924 7200 or fill in a contact form.