Spring 2014 Newsletter

Common Causes of Residential Water Pressure Problems

Owning your own home is a great accomplishment, but it is also a huge responsibility. There are a lot of potential problems that can develop with the various systems in your home, such as your HVAC, electrical or plumbing systems. One of the most common plumbing problems that homeowners encounter is poor water pressure. However, just because this is a common problem does not mean that it is not a serious one. Yes, low water pressure can be quite frustrating, but this is far from the only reason to consider scheduling prompt plumbing services to resolve the issue. The fact of the matter is that low water pressure is often a symptom of a less obvious problem with your plumbing. Only a licensed, professional plumber can get to the root of the problem with certainty, which is why you must enlist the help of a trained technician ASAP.

If the pipes in your home are old, and you have hard water without a water treatment system, then they may be subject to the accumulation of mineral deposits. Over time, such deposits can reduce water flow, and thus cause pressure issues. A professional plumber has the tools and training necessary to inspect your pipes thoroughly and to clear and clean them out as needed.

Another reason you may experience low water pressure in your home, and probably the most urgent, is the development of a leak in your plumbing system. There are a few reasons why leaks are such a serious issue. First of all, it does not take all that much water to do serious damage to your home. Keep an eye out for brown stains or other evidence of water loose in the house. Secondly, there are many water leaks that are not immediately obvious. You may have a slab leak, for instance, which occurs beneath the concrete slab that your home rests on. Hidden leaks can also occur behind walls and under floors, or in that corner of the basement that you never look at. The sooner that any water leaks are resolved, the better. Low water pressure is the symptom of a serious plumbing problem, not something designed to cause you grief (though it does that, too)

Not all causes of decreased water pressure are located in your home, of course. If there is nothing wrong with the plumbing in your home, problems with the municipal water system may be to blame. Their plumbing equipment is every bit as susceptible to operational and conditional problems as residential equipment is. If you cannot get to the bottom of your low water pressure, contact your municipal water department to inquire about any problems on their end which may be causing the pressure to drop in your home.

We hope that you have found this information helpful and that it helps you to better understand the urgency of resolving problems with your water pressure. Contact us if you wish to learn more about potential problems with your plumbing system. It is important that you have some working knowledge about the residential comfort systems



Benefits of the Water Alarm


A water alarm protects your home from water damage. They are designed to monitor water leaks, overflows, broken sump pumps, faulty hoses, excessive moisture and many other ways water can become a problem in your home. This not only covers serious water flooding when a pipe bursts, or a boiler or water heater fails, but it also covers slow water leaks in parts of your home that you may not always check. Slow leaks can cause excessive damage to your floors and walls, and may introduce mold into your home, which can be difficult to remove once it spreads. Water alarm models vary but the base–models are small and inexpensive. The water alarm is a great safety device to add to your basement and bathroom. 

There are two basic types: passive and active. The passive water alarm detectors are usually small and battery–operated. The moisture sensor is placed on the ground of the room and activates a loud alarm when it becomes wet. Put them in cabinets under sinks, near your water line’s main valve, water heater, toilet, dishwasher and washing machine. Their compact design and portability makes these models especially functional. These devices are available at most home improvement stores. 

The other type is an active water alarm. This is a more comprehensive approach to water monitoring. Active water alarms detect both water on the ground, and they are located specifically at a critical position on one of your home appliances. There are also water detection systems that control the whole house, and are able to shut off systems that begin to leak. These "smart" systems can often work in tandem with an existing security or environmental control system. Depending upon your system, the water sensor can actually alert you by phone about dangerous water levels in your home. This can be especially useful for those who work far from their homes, or who travel frequently. 

The water alarm can not only alert you before the flooding starts, but it can also help you to prevent damage to your belongings in a flooded area by signaling at the first sign of water overflow or leakage. If you have plumbing that is prone to leaks, or live in a part of the country prone to regular flooding, consider investing in a water alarm system. Even a few passive battery–operated system scattered throughout your home may give you some peace of mind, although the active appliance and plumbing attachment systems offer the greatest protection. 

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