Diagnosing Low Water Pressure
Diagnosing the cause of low water pressure starts with where the low water pressure is showing in the house. Are you only noticing a reduction of water flow at one faucet? In one room? Or in the whole house? The cause of low water pressure is most often an issue with the piping but can sometimes be a problem with the faucet or fixture.
Pikes Peak Mechanical has 15 years of experience diagnosing and fixing low water pressure problems in Colorado Springs. One of the most effective means for diagnosing the cause of low water pressure is by using a plumbing camera inspection. This is a non-invasive way of locating any blockages or leaks in your home plumbing so that the root problem can be treated.
Corroded or Clogged Pipes
Many Colorado Springs homes have old piping as the main line which can result in a build-up of debris, rust, sand and dirt. While steel and galvanized pipes have a 20 year life expectancy, they will eventually begin to break down. One sign of build up in your pipes, aside from low water pressure, is discolored or odd smelling water. Most debris that you find in plumbing piping is harmless but can be annoying. A camera inspection can help identify if debris build up or corroded pipes is the cause of your low water pressure.
If your low water pressure follows a particularly cold Colorado night then its is possible that you have frozen pipes. This is an urgent plumbing situation since frozen pipes are prone to bursting and causing serious damage. You can usually tell if metal pipes are frozen by frosting along the outside and/or bulging in places. The best option for at-home service is to turn off your water and contact a plumber to professionally thaw your pipes. It is also a good idea to consider implementing measures to protect your pipes from possible freezing in the future. Be mindful that some pipes, such as PVC pipes do not always bulge when frozen but are just as prone to bursting or cracking. If you suspect you have frozen pipes, call a local Colorado Springs plumber immediately to protect your home from potentially thousands of dollars of damage.
Sometimes a plumbing leak isn't very obvious at first. One way to check if you may have a leak is to see if your water bill is higher than usual. Another at-home way to check if you have a leak is to find your service meter somewhere on the outside of your home. Some service meters have a leak indicator which makes it clear and easy to tell if you have a leak somewhere. The best way to diagnose where the leak is coming from is to hire a local plumber near you and have them run a diagnostic to discover the offending pipe.
Get your low water pressure diagnosed today. As a Colorado Springs emergency plumber, Pikes Peak Mechanical offers 24/7 service 365 days a year. We are there for you when you need us most. Gives us a call today to get your low water pressure diagnosed. Call 719-232-4720.