There are few things more frustrating than putting up with a snail-slow flow of water from the faucet or showerhead. When you discover you have low water pressure, even tasks like showering or washing dishes can take far longer than they should. While the location of your home in relation to the municipal water supply plays a major role in determining how high your water pressure is, there are plenty of ways for homeowners all around town to ensure their water pressure remains strong and steady.
The easiest and least expensive way to ensure you never lose water pressure is to stay on top of regular maintenance inspections. Often, pipes can become clogged or spring a leak, decreasing pressure all across your home. By requesting a professional plumbing inspection from an expert, you can catch these problems early and correct them before they grow into a major pressure problem. Ideally, homeowners should have their home’s plumbing inspected annually, though opting for twice a year will ensure nothing goes unnoticed.
Sometimes the problem isn’t as complex as you may think. If you’ve noticed a significant decrease in water pressure in your home, it may be time to consider upgrading your home’s water fixtures. Many homeowners don’t consider that their water quality may affect the effectiveness of their faucets and showerheads. If your water is hard, or contains a large amount of dissolved minerals, those sediments can collect and harden around your faucets’ aerators. Most aerators unscrew from the faucet easily and can be scrubbed clean with any standard bathroom cleaner. You may find the simplest solution to be most effective at improving your water pressure.
When it’s time to replace your pipes, you may want to consider materials other than the standard galvanized steel. There’s a reason water is called the universal solvent. Galvanized steel can be easily corroded by consistent water usage. Ask you plumber if they can install copper or plastic pipes instead. Copper pipes can withstand water use for a good 50 years, compared to steel’s 35. Plastic is believed to hold up for nearly 100, though they are too new to be sure. Regardless of which you choose, copper or plastic pipes may help improve your water pressure and resist leaks.
Enjoy Powerful Water Pressure All Year Round with South West Plumbing
Don’t put up with low water pressure! Maintain your plumbing regularly to enjoy high pressure and prevent leaks or damage later on. To schedule your inspection, contact South West Plumbing online or call 206-932-1777.