If your business depends on consistent water pressure, even occasional low pressure can cause problems. If your water pressure has suddenly dropped or is inconsistent, there are several reasons for that. Some can be easy to correct, while others may require changes to your plumbing. Before you make that call to a plumber, check out these common reasons for low water pressure.
High Use Times
If you are connected to municipal water, you may experience low water pressure during high use times, such as early in the morning when families are preparing for the day or early evening when water is used for household chores. If you experience low water pressure at these times, try to arrange work tasks that require high water pressure for other times of the day.
If your problems with low water pressure persist throughout the day, it may be a sign that you have a leak somewhere in the building. Check toilets and faucets for leaks first as these are the most common culprits. A toilet that continues to run, even after the tank has refilled, signals a leaky valve that should be corrected. This can put a strain on your water supply and cause water pressure to dip whenever the toilet tank is trying to refill. If faucets and toilets appear fine, check under sinks and along pipes for signs of water damage. A broken or leaky pipe in the wall or basement might be the source of your water pressure problems.
Water Softening Systems
If your business has a water softening system, it could be the cause of your low water pressure. To test it, turn the bypass valve to divert water around the water softener. If your water pressure improves, this means that your water softening systems needs repairs or replacing.
If your municipality has recently done work on the water mains, dirt and grime may have been knocked loose and clogged your aerators. Likewise, old pipes may corrode and clog the aerator with bits of rust or residue. Remove the aerators and clean the screen. Flush the pipes with water by running the faucets for a few minutes until the water runs clear. Replace the aerators. If the problem is from old pipes, you may need to have the pipes replaced. Your plumber can assess the pipes for you and recommend the needed changes.
If your water is from a private well, the problem may lie in the pressure tank. Check the settings on the tank to ensure that it is set at the desired pressure. The pump may also be clogged with dirt and sediment, but unless you are an expert, you’ll need a plumber to check that out for you.
If you are unable to determine the cause of your low pressure, or you just want a professional to troubleshoot and correct the problem for you, contact Crawford Mechanical Services today. We provide 24-hour emergency plumbing services for your business.