Common Causes Of Low Water Pressure

dripping faucet low water pressureThere’s just something about taking a shower and having the water hit you just right after a grueling day at the gym! That feeling is only made possible through your water flowing out at a high enough pressure for you to enjoy your bath.

Water pressure usually falls in the range of 40 to 55 psi. A reading below 40 psi automatically qualifies as low water pressure and indicates a larger issue worth looking into.

So what could be the reason for a sudden drop in your home’s water pressure? Here are four common causes of low water pressure as identified by the team at Captain Plumber. Always remember that no matter how dire your plumbing needs seem, we are but a phone call away!

Old pipes are prone to wear and tear, leading to leaks from joints and endings. Yes, they have been there since you first moved into the house – and they have served you well ever since – but the minute you notice a leak, expect your water pressure to drop, if it hadn’t dropped already. Luckily, this is easy to address as a call to any of our plumbers at Captain Plumber would see the issue speedily resolved.

  • Damaged Water Pressure Regulator

Your house’s water pressure regulator maintains a steady water pressure that is safe for use, usually between 45 and 55 psi. Any damage to this important component of your home’s water system can lead to massive fluctuations between high and low water pressure. To restore things to their normal state, you’d need the services of a licensed plumber to fix – or change – your faulty water pressure regulator.

  • Over-used Mixing Valves

This issue is common in houses that have just one faucet in the bathtub or shower. The faucet houses the mixing valve, which essentially regulates the quantity of either hot or cold water that is supplied to the faucet. If your mixing valve has seen much use over the years, it can get worn out. Once this happens, the temperature and pressure of the water supplied to your faucets would be affected. It would need to be changed as quickly as possible.

  • Blocked Showerheads

Your showerheads can get clogged from the buildup of mineral aggregates within the small pores of the showerhead. When this happens, the flow of water that comes out of your showerhead is reduced, leading to a drop in the water pressure. You can easily get rid of the mineral sediment build-up by unfastening and soaking the showerhead overnight in a bowl of vinegar. You can then remove the remaining undissolved particles with a brush.

If you suddenly notice that water isn’t flowing as well as it used to, that’s a good indicator that your house’s plumbing needs to be checked. Often, it’s a sign of a much deeper underlying problem that would require professional attention.

If you’re looking for a plumber near you, Captain Plumber is just a dial away. We look forward to hearing from you.

Can You Repair Drain Pipes Without Digging?

water draining out of sewer pipeThe main drainage pipes of many homes today run underneath the ground. You’d have to dig up the dirt if you had a problem with your sewer line and decided to repair it the old-fashioned way. Stressful, right?

Well, that doesn’t have to be the case. You can now have your sewer lines fixed without having to uproot your garden petunias. The experts at Captain Plumber are masters at repairing sewer lines without digging in a process known as “trenchless sewer repair”

How Does It Work?

Trenchless sewer repair is a repair method that incorporates technology by using remote-controlled robots that repair damaged pipes without needing to dig trenches. A video inspection is usually done to assess the pipes to both locate the area damaged, and assess the extent of the damage caused.

There are two types of trenches sewer repair methods you can employ. These are:

Cured In Place Pipe Lining (CIPP), or as it’s more commonly called “pipe lining”, is a repair method that lines the inside of an old, damaged pipe with a new one. After a video inspection has been carried out to map out the dimensions of the pipe, the pipe is cleaned up of whatever debris is stuck in it using a hydro-jet. A liquid-based epoxy solution is then slathered over an inflatable tube, which is then inserted into the damaged pipe. The tube is then inflated and allowed to cure, sealing up and essentially replacing the damaged part of the pipe. Epoxy linings are durable for at least 50 years before needing replacement.

Pipe Bursting (Splitting) is a sewer repair method that replaces the damaged pipe by inserting newer, much stronger high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes that end up splitting (or bursting) open the existing pipe. This method of sewer pipe repair is not fully “trenchless” as you would need to dig up a small portion of the ground to provide an access point for the new pipe to be installed. Nevertheless, this “semi-trenchless” sewer repair method is preferable to the conventional method of sewer repair that can be quite damaging to your driveway or your garden landscape.

Benefits Of Trenchless Sewer Repair Method 

  • It’s Fast

Repairing damaged sewer lines using the trenchless method is faster than making the same repairs conventionally. A repair that could take weeks to complete using more traditional methods can be completed in a day or less using the trenchless method.

  • It’s Cost-Effective

Because it takes lesser time and labor to complete, making repairs using the trenchless sewer repair method is less expensive in the long run. The costs of fixing your home incurred from traditional methods of sewer repair generally drive up your bill.

Fixing your sewage lines when they get damaged should be a top priority for every homeowner. Nobody likes a neighbor whose house always smells like a dumpster.

Call a licensed plumber today from Captain Plumber to handle your sewer line repairs – and any other plumbing-related work.