There is nothing like a hot shower after a long, hard day. Especially in the middle of winter in Ottawa, those few precious minutes in the shower are a much-needed escape. There are two annoying things that can happen to ruin this special part of the day: not enough hot water or low water pressure. If you’re just going to stand in the shower with water trickling out of the showerhead, then you’re taking the luxury out of luxuriating.
If only we knew what was causing the low water pressure, then we could do something about it! You’re in luck because today we will discuss just that. Without further ado, here are four reasons why the water pressure is so low:
Problem- – Mineral Buildup
Dirt, debris and minerals tend to build up in the water pipes over the course of time and eventually block the pipes, slowing the water to just a trickle.
You will have to examine a section of pipe to find out if this is indeed the cause of low water pressure. You can flush the pipes with Bio-Clean, an all-natural enzyme formula used to eliminate waste build up. A product like Bio-Clean will break down and flush debris, allowing water to flow smoothly once again.
Problem: Corrosion Buildup
Steel or copper piping should last for twenty years or so, but unfortunately corrosion may cause the pipes to be clogged with corrosion build up. If you notice a blue or red/brown tinge to your water, coupled with low water pressure, this may be a sign of corrosion buildup.
Solution: Replace Pipes
Unfortunately, you will have the pipes, which can be an expensive process. On the bright side, you can opt for PVC or PEX piping. Both of these materials are durable and will not rust, corrode, or degrade over time.
If there is a leak in your plumbing system, this will cause low water pressure because all of the water is not making it to its intended source. If there are no visible signs of a leak (dripping water, water damage, wet drywall, stained surfaces etc.), check your water meter. If usage is recorded even with all taps fully shut off, this could be a sign.
Solution: Call the Plumber
Give Faucet Fix a call – we’ll repair the leak and install new pipes or fixtures if necessary until your water pressure is stronger than ever.
Problem: Municipal Issue
Unfortunately, sometimes the problem has do with the city’s water supply. Just like you could have issues with leaks and blockages in your home, the city could be dealing with these issues on a wide scale.
Solution: Call the City
You’ll have to get in touch with the city and let them know about your low water pressure.
No matter the case, give Faucet Fix a call! We’ve helped homeowners throughout Ottawa, Arnprior, Kemptville, Almonte, and beyond with plumbing problems and fixture installation and repair.