Nobody enjoys low water pressure. If you’ve had a long day at work and it’s cold and dark, it can be very frustrating when a weak stream emerges from the showerhead.
If you are working in a restaurant, it can be a lot harder to fill a sink or a pot quickly, or to clean dishes. In some industries, water pressure is literally essential to operations – for example, at a car wash that needs a high pressure hose.
Whether you are a resident or a business owner, we can all do with a reasonable level of water pressure – and there’s no reason to go without. Here are a few steps you can take to resolve the issue.
1. Talk with your neighbours
This can help to narrow down the cause of the problem. If low water pressure is also affecting your neighbours, the issue may be with mains water supply in the area. If it is only you who is experiencing the issue, it is more likely to be a local issue in your building’s pipes or plumbing.
2. Examine for leaks
A leak can reduce the amount of water pressure. A leak may be obvious, if the pipe can be seen or if you have noticed water building up in a certain area. However, if it is below ground or behind walls, it can be harder to detect. It may be indicated by mould, moisture damage to walls or a higher than usual water bill.
3. Think about timing
If you are experiencing low water pressure at a particular time, this may indicate the possible cause. For example, if you are experiencing it in the morning when others are showering, then low water pressure is to be expected, because mains can only supply so much water at once.
However, lower water pressure can also be caused or exacerbated by issues like corroded pipes or debris build up, even if timing is a factor. It can also be due to the fact a valve has been shut accidentally.
4. Install a water pressure pump or have your existing one examined.
A water pressure booster may be the solution you are looking for, particularly if you are harvesting a rainwater tank or if your pressure is too low consistently. It works by acting as a go-between between the mains water source and your water outlets. To run, such pumps require electricity, so they must be installed appropriately and safely. Contact a pump service near me in Sydney to have a water pressure booster pump installed.
5. Bring in the experts
Relying on industry professionals is often the quickest and most effective solution, and a necessary move given the complex nature of the job and the safety considerations involved.
A pump service, pump maintenance or pump repairs service, such as Enviro Pump Services, will be able to diagnose the problem quickly and provide a lasting solution, using their years and years of experience.