When you own a property, you will likely experience an issue with water pressure at some point or another. There are several common problems that can cause the water pressure to drop, some are more common than others. The purpose of this article is to help you determine the cause(s) of the low water pressure in your property and point you in the right direction to resolving the problem.

There is nothing worse than jumping in the shower to be greeted by a mere trickle of water! A loss of water pressure can happen suddenly, and you may not be aware that there is a problem with your plumbing until it becomes a significant problem. Other times, the water pressure can decrease over a long period of time. The length of time it has taken for the pressure to drop will provide a rough indication as to the potential causes of the problem.

Check your valves

When you begin to experience an issue with your water pressure, you should first check your valves. As a general rule of thumb, most properties will have both an interior stopcock and an exterior stopcock. Both of these stopcocks control the supply of water into your property.

The stopcock that controls the water entering your property from the main water supply will most likely be located on the street just outside your home; however, this is not definitive and it may be located elsewhere. Whereas, internal stopcocks are a little harder to pinpoint, especially in older buildings. The internal stopcock will stop the supply of water from your supply pipe. It is definitely advisable to know where your stopcocks are, the last thing you want is to be hunting around for them if you get a leak!

One of the most common causes of low pressure is a valve turning and therefore not allowing an adequate supply of water to pass through the pipes. Locate both of your faucets and make sure they are fully turned on, this may be a quick and easy remedy to your property problem with low water pressure.

Fixture specific low water pressure

When you have ensured that the water is freely entering your property at the stopcocks, the next port of call is to check different fixtures within your property. This will allow you to determine whether the problem is isolated to a specific fixture. In a lot of cases, low water pressure is specific to a single fixture or area of the property. If this appears to be the situation, the problem is likely to be with the aerator integrated in the fixture rather than a problem with the plumbing throughout your property. One solution you can try yourself is to use a vinegar-water solution to clean the build up of debris; alternatively, you can ask one of our Plumbers in Ipswich to install a replacement aerator.

Supply issues

If the water pressure in your property has unexpectedly dropped, you should look outside of your windows to see whether there is any work taking place in your area. Sometimes, a burst pipe may arise suddenly, and can affect your whole street, or even estate. If there was planned work being undertaken in your area, you should have received some notice or forewarning from your supplier.

Pipes

One of the most common causes of low water pressure is a problem within the pipework. The piping is there to transport the water in and around your property; one issue in a pipe can cause the entire property to experience issues with pressure. A blocked pipe results in a loss of pressure because less water is able to pass through the pipe.

Pipes can become blocked by a build-up of limescale over a prolonged period of time. It isn’t always preventable as limescale is caused by the minerals that are deposited by hard water. In Ipswich, we have the hardest water in the whole of England, as discussed by our Ipswich Plumbers in this article. Unless you have a water softener, you may well experience a problem due to the impact of hard water.

A blocked pipe is not the only reason you could be experiencing low pressure. In the colder months, it is not uncommon for pipes to freeze. If this happens in your property, the amount of water able to pass through the pipe may become constrained.

Boost water pressure with an Electric Booster Pump

You may find that there is no issue with your property’s plumbing infrastructure, the pressure may just be lower than you would expect. Would you like a more powerful shower? If this is the case, you may find that an Electric Booster Pump is the answer to your problems. Installing a booster pump is the most effective way to increase the pressure of your shower.

Installing a booster pump can be relatively straightforward depending on your property’s specific infrastructure. There are a few important factors which should be taken into account when considering installing a booster pump:

  • The pump should be somewhere accessible. You may need to access or service the pump in the future, so locating it somewhere easy to access will aid this.
  • To be safe, you should install the pump where it is not covered by anything. If your pump is covered, it could overheat and become a fire hazard.
  • You also need to ensure that the pump is not exposed to extreme temperatures. It has to be kept frost-free.
  • Please be aware that Booster Pumps connect to your property’s electrical supply, and thus they should only be installed by somebody who knows what they are doing. If you would like to have a pump installed, our Plumbers in Ipswich would be more than happy to provide you with a competitive quote. Safety should always come first!

    Do you have low water pressure at your property? If this article has not helped you to diagnose the cause of your pressure problem, you can schedule a consultation with one of our Ipswich Plumbers who are equipped with the knowledge necessary to investigate and diagnose the problem.