Causes Of Water Pressure Problems
It’s usually easy to tell when you have a water pressure problem. Water from your taps has gone from a perfect flow to a dribble, or perhaps your gentle shower head has started gushing out more than you were expecting. Your sink might take longer to fill up than it used to, or your washing machine might be slower at completing its cycles too. You might even start to notice leaks around your fixtures or unusual banging and whistling noises when your turn taps on and off.
There are a number of different causes that could be giving you grief and making your pressure drop or increase. Low water pressure or pressure that is too high could be caused by any number of these:
- Leaking pipes
- Damaged or defective fixtures
- Corrosion or debris in pipes
- Faulty/misplaced valves
- Hot water service problems
- Water expansion upon heating
While some may be trivial, changes in pressure could be indicative of more serious problems. That’s why it’s important you get an expert plumber to service your home before a small problem becomes a big one.
Low Water Pressure
When your pressure is too low, every day tasks like washing the dishes and having a shower suddenly become a tedious nightmare. While not a problem that poses any danger, the inconvenience of having to wait for sinks to fill up, or the extra minutes your washing machine now takes to finish, can be reason enough for many to call out a plumber to solve this problem.
High Water Pressure
People who like a high pressure shower may be surprised to learn that high water pressure can be a problem. A pressure over 500 kPa is too high and results in too much wear on taps, burst pipes and things like hot water systems not running at their best. A pressure limiting valve allows you to set the pressure at the level that is optimal. At worse, your fixtures could even pop off and leave your home flooded.
Pressure Limiting Valves
Australian Standards require that any new homes or extensions onto existing homes have a pressure limiting valve installed. This leaves older homes at risk of things going wrong though.
Fixtures that break due to fluctuating pressure might not be covered by their warranty as well. Meaning, without a pressure limiting valve monitoring your water pressure, you might be paying out of pocket for new fixtures that need to be installed. At Jim’s Plumbing, we recommend the next time you have plumbing work done, ask your plumber to check your pressure and have a pressure limiting valve installed as well.
Water Pressure Services
Jim’s Plumbing technicians are fully qualified and undergo regular training on the newest industry technology to give you the best service possible to fix your pressure problems. From CCTV cameras to hydro jet cleaning, our plumbers can be at your door 24/7, any day of the year, with the tools required to get your water back to normal.
Our vans carry spare parts to allow our plumbers to replace any fixtures or pipes on the spot. For your peace of mind, all our work and parts come with a 12 month warranty too.
Interest Free Terms
Plumbing problems usually aren’t planned, and we know it can be daunting to call in a plumber and be left with the bill. That’s why we offer interest free payment plans** with a $0 deposit. These plans can be approved in minutes and can be paid in weekly or fortnightly instalments to suit your needs. Our technicians even have the technology to set up a plan at your door so you don’t have to wait around on the phone.