Building Have Low Water Pressure? Check The Plumbing Pipes And Water Heater

If you own a building and it has low water pressure this can cause many problems, such as water coming out of faucets much slower or toilets not flushing correctly. There are many things that can cause this to happen to your building, two of which are listed below. You can then take the proper steps to get your plumbing repaired.

Rusty Plumbing Pipes

If you have an older building you may have galvanized water pipes. These pipes develop rust over time, which also causes corrosion to build up inside the pipes. Corrosion building up narrows the interior water pipes, which makes it more difficult for water to pass through.

Rusting pipes will develop cracks and when this happens your only option is to replace the pipes. One option you have for replacement is PVC pipes. This material never rusts and is durable. These pipes will also last a long time for you.

If you decide to replace the plumbing pipes, now would be a good time to replace the entire plumbing system with updated pipes.

Water Heater

A common cause of water leaks in homes is the water heater. Look at your water heater and see if you see water built up in the drip pan. If so, this will cause low water pressure. You may see water on the floor also.

If sediment builds up inside the water heater this can restrict how quickly water leaves it when a faucet is turned on. You can flush the water heater to remove the sediment. If your water heater is old, however, now would be a good time to replace it.

Look at the water line that comes from the water heater to ensure there are no kinks in it. If so, this slows down water that is flowing through the line. You also need to check the shut off valve. If the valve is not closed all the way water pressure will drop. Where the valve is located depends on the type of water heater you have. In many cases, however, it is located on the top of the water heater. Once found, turn the knob counterclockwise until you can turn it no more to close it.

Contact a plumbing service in your area to determine the cause of low water pressure in your building. Once found and repaired, the plumber can do a thorough inspection of your plumbing system to check for other problems you may be having and are not aware of.