Sudden Low Water Pressure in San Diego? Fast Ways to Find the Cause
Dishes not getting clean enough and showers losing their power from time to time may not be cause for alarm. Water pressure levels drop naturally when two water-reliant appliances in the home are used simultaneously. When you notice a pattern, however, or if several appliances seem less effective, you could have a leak. Use these top San Diego plumbing repair tips to find the cause of your low water pressure and rectify it as quickly as possible.
Start with the easy ones first:
Every home has a water pressure regulator that protects plumbing from intermittent surges form the public water main. Like pipes, valves and bibs, water pressure regulators can go bad. Your water pressure regulator is a prime suspect if:
- You hear “water hammering” or banging in your pipes
- There are inconsistencies in the water pressure
- Higher than normal water pressure following the low water pressure
The water pressure regulator is a bell-shaped device found at the front outside hose spigot of your home.
Partially turned water valves . . . an easy fix
Your home has two water valves you can access. Sometimes these valves get turned a bit. One is inside by your garage door and the other is out at the street under a cement or metal cover. Make sure these are fully in the “on” position as even a slight turn could impact your water pressure.
Check Neighborhood Water Usage
As most of us have to get to work between 8:00 and 9:00, showers get heavy use around 7:00 a.m., taxing the water supply. If water pressure is low for your morning shower, consider showering at night or getting up 30 minutes earlier.
Possibly a bit more complicated, but you can still get information yourself before calling a San Diego plumbing repair company. Follow these steps to check for undetected water leaks in your home or office.
- Turn off all water using appliances in the house. Make sure sprinklers, dishwasher and laundry are not running. Choose a time when your sprinklers won’t come on.
- Go to your home’s water valve at the street and turn it off (often so the lever is perpendicular to the pipe running toward the house.) Read the numbers in the digital display. Write them down. The round dial with the sweeping arm is for testing purposes by the water department. Ignore it.
- Wait 2 hours. Recheck the water valve. If the numbers in the display have increased or changed, you could have a leak. Call a San Diego plumbing repair company as soon as possible.
San Diego’s hard water carries more heavy metals and mineral deposits than almost every other city in the United States. That it has to travel through rock all the way from Colorado doesn’t help its purity levels. When calcium deposits build up in pipes, water flow is impacted. Luckily new technologies like Nu-Flow™ Trenchless Pipe Relining & Repair get homeowners new pipes without digging and disruption that total pipe replacement requires. AND they’re impervious to roots, a common cause of leaks.
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We hope this post reassured you that low water pressure doesn’t necessarily mean huge plumbing repair bills! Often it’s a simple issue that can be rectified quickly and affordably.
Family owned and operated in San Diego for nearly 40 years, Perry Plumbing can evaluate your low water pressure issues and provide options up front. Because it saves homeowners so much hassle and money, we’re proud to provide the alternatives to the traditional dig methods of pipe replacement like Nu-Flow™ Trenchless Pipe Relining & Repair. Our regular plumbing discounts and specials help you make the upgrades that boost your home’s value. Looking for a reliable plumber you can rely on regularly for your home and commercial plumbing needs? Our up-front pricing, work guarantees and 24/7 service has made us San Diego’s favorite family plumber. Keep us always found when you connect with us on our Facebook and Google Plus pages.