When it comes to water pressure it’s a fine line to getting it just right. If it’s too low, you’ll be waiting around for hours to water your plants or fill the kettle. If it’s too high, your showers could feel more like acupuncture and your pipes will be put under unnecessary stress. If your water pressure has gone out of whack don’t just put up with it. Contact Trend and we’ll put you in touch with plumbers Montrose to Heidelberg, Ringwood, and everything in between.
Signs of low water pressure
Is your tap dwindling to a trickle when you try to wash the dishes because someone else is using the shower? This is one of the most obvious signs of low water pressure. It’s only natural for a home to have multiple water outlets that will need to be used simultaneously at some point. Your water pressure should be at a level in which it can cope with this demand without compromising one or the other outlets.
Signs of high water pressure
When something is wrong with your water pressure your pipes will often tell you. Pipe noise is a great indicator of excessively high water pressure. You may hear a banging sound, also known as ‘water hammer’. This occurs when water comes to a quick halt (when you shut off your tap) after being rushed through the pipes with extreme pressure. It creates a hydraulic shock and that’s what causes the banging sound. If you’re experiencing water hammer your pressure is probably higher than it needs to be. It can burst or break pipes so if you start to hear it don’t hesitate to call in the experts and get it fixed.
If your water pressure is all of a sudden lower it’s a good idea to check for mineral build ups or blockages first. This often occurs in shower heads. Minerals from the water supply will build up and clog the holes in the head, affecting the pressure the water is able to come out at. If this is the cause you can easily clean the head yourself and that should solve the problem on the spot.
If you are all of a sudden noticing high or irregular water pressure check in with your local council, water supplier or neighbours. It could be an issue outside of your home. If this doesn’t explain the situation it’s probably time to call in the experts and have your homes plumbing checked over.
Look for leaks
Pipe leaks are another leading cause of low water pressure. Check for leaks by locating your water meter. If your meter has a leak indicator check to see if it’s moving. If not, take a reading of your meter and wait a couple of hours. In this time you need to make sure no water is used in the home. If the reading has changed even though no water was used you know you have a leak.
As always if something seems off with your plumbing and pipes don’t risk it getting any worse. Don’t put up with poor pressure, call in the experts and we can sort it out for you.