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Why do I have low water pressure in my home?

After a long day at work, there is nothing better than stepping into a steaming hot shower. This is why there is nothing more disappointing than turning the tap full ball for a sad trickle to flow out of your shower head.

If you are suffering from low water flow from your taps and shower heads, such as a delay between turning on the tap and water actually flowing, sinks taking a long time to fill or weak shower spray, you have a low pressure problem in your home. 

Another sign can be your dishwasher and washing machine running for a lot longer than the usual cycle. 

This isn’t the symptom of a singular problem, with a number of causes possibly triggering your low water pressure issues. 

There are a few tests you can run to try to narrow down the problem, but you may still need a licensed Perth Plumber to resolve the plumbing problem. 

Start with the basics

Using more than one tap in the household simultaneously to access the water supply can affect the water pressure in your pipes. Quickly walk around your home and ensure the other taps are tightly shut off before returning to check if the pressure has improved. 

Water Maintenance Works 

The next step is to determine if there are any works in your area which may be contributing to your low water pressure. 

Check the Water Corporation’s Check Current Outages page to check if there are any known water issues or works being conducted in your area, or alternatively give them a call on 13 13 75.

Check your water supply service

The Water Corporation provides 20 litres of water per minute to households across WA, but this can vary depending on the location of your water services on your property. 

There is a simple test you can complete to check you are receiving the correct number of litres through the water service. 

First, ensure all taps and water using appliances are turned off. Go to your water metre and note down the black and red numbers on your water meter. Next, turn on your front garden tap for one minute and again note the reading on your meter. Subtract the first meter reading from the last to determine the amount of litres which were delivered in the minute.

If you are receiving more than 20 litres per minute, there may be an issue with your internal pipe-work, but if you are receiving less than 20 litres per minute, call the Water Corporation so they can further investigate your supply issue. 

Pipe build up

A build-up of debris or minerals in your water pipes can lower your homes water pressure over time, as they reduce the diameter of the pipes, affecting the water flow and in turn your water pressure. 

Our team of licensed plumbers can use state of the art drain cameras to assess the condition of your pipes and provide the best method to resolve any plumbing issues.

Water Leaks  

If your water pressure problem has appeared suddenly, rather than a reduction over a period of time, you may have a water leak in your plumbing system. Check for flooding or wet spots in and around your home. If there are no overt signs, you may have a concealed leak underground. We highly recommend you call your local Perth Plumbers immediately to locate and fix the leak. 

Only the hot water affected?

Your water heater may be struggling to keep up with demand or the water pressure valve located on the system may be faulty. It is worth calling the No Probs Plumbing team for advice and troubleshooting if this is the case. 

Check your main shutoff valves

Most homes have two major shutoff valves controlling water supply to the home. The first is the water meter valve which is located next to the water meter on the city supply pipe. 

You do not normally use this valve as it is the property of the Water Corporation. However, if work has recently been completed, it may not be fully open. Check the handle is parallel to the water pipe, which indicates it is open correctly. 

The other valve is the property of your home. Make sure this is also fully open, by ensuring it is fully turned in a counterclockwise direction if it is a wheel-like handle or parallel to the pipe if a handle.

Faulty pressure reducing valve

While these handy devices can ease the pressure on your pipes allowing them to last longer, they can also be the cause of low pressure if faulty. If this is the case, it will affect the pressure of all fixtures in the home quite suddenly. Call in the professionals to organise a replacement. 

Call in the experts from No Probs Plumbing

For cost effective low water pressure plumbing solutions in your home or business, contact the fully qualified team at No Probs Plumbing and Gas. 

With no call out fees and obligation free quotes, our workmanship is always of the highest quality, performed by trained professionals and backed by our customer service guarantee.

Our experienced plumbers and gas fitters tackle everything from burst pipes to leaking taps, blocked drains to appliance installation and all gas fitting needs with a high level of service. 

We are on call 24/7 for emergency services, such as burst pipes and gas leaks. Call us today on (08) 9315 5545 or drop us an email at info@noprobsplumbing.com.au.

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