23 Feb Why is My Water Pressure Low in Simpsonville, SC?
Ideally, as a homeowner, you should know where the main water shut off valve is for your home. In case of an emergency water leak, you may need to urgently shut off the water. The valve is usually in the basement or on an outside wall in a utility area of the house. The main shutoff valve allows a full flow of water through the pipe when it is open. If only partially open, it could result in low water pressure. Turning off this valve, by turning it clockwise, cuts off the water supply to the entire house.
But what if you notice your water pressure suddenly is low? What could be the cause and what do you do about it?
Determine if the issue is isolated or throughout the entire house
First determine if low water pressure is at a particular facet or shower head. If the problem is just in one location, you more than likely have a restriction or clog.
First check the aerator for the facet. These can be easily removed and cleaned with soap and water. If you suspect a clog to exist deep in your plumbing lines, it is time to call Upstate Service Solutions.
You never want to use harsh chemicals on your water supply lines. Corroded pipes are not uncommon in older homes. Galvanized pipes can corrode in as little as 20 years. Copper pipes are usually good for 50 years. If you are not the original owners, it would be advised to find out how old your plumbing system really is.
Who and how is your water supplied to your Simpsonville, SC home?
If you experience a sudden loss of water pressure, check with your local water supplier and ask if they are aware of any issues.
Some areas have a pressurized system which differs from a gravity-fed water system. For a gravity-fed system, water is pumped from a reservoir to a holding tank. Using gravity, the water flows from the tank and is dispersed.
The distance from the water tank will determine the amount of water pressure in a home. In a pressurized system, compressed air is pumped to force water to move from a holding tank, throughout the pipe system.
If you reside in a community with a gravity-fed system, you may need a booster pump installed to increase the water pressure in your home. Contact us and we can help answer and questions you may have?
Has a pressure regulator failed?
Not all homes have a pressure regulator, but if your home does, and is experiencing sudden low water pressure, the regulator could be failing. To determine if this is a problem, attach a water pressure gauge to an outside hose spigot, close to the pressure regulator. Turn the water on, the pressure gauge will give an immediate read of the water pressure. If it is lower than the pressure regulator is reporting, the issue might be the pressure regulator.
These regulators are designed to adjust the pressure coming from the water supply line to a level that is safe for your pipes. If it is not reading, it thinks that it is doing its job when it is actually allowing low PSI.
Replacing a pressure regulator is a common solution, contact the professionals at Upstate Service Solutions for help.
One way to prevent costly repairs to your plumbing system is to do routine visual inspections of your pipes, facets, and drains. Turn on water faucets for sinks, showers, and tubs to monitor water pressure. Small variations between different faucet styles is normal, but all of them should have steady flow.
Upstate Service Solutions is the local’s choice in Simpsonville, SC.