Are you experiencing Water Pressure Issues?

Water pressure issues can make everyday tasks that we take for granted a real chore. You often don’t realise how often you use water in your day to day life until it’s access is made more difficult. If you are having trouble with water, you first need to determine if the issues are due to high or low water pressure. Both are common household problems. An easy way to determine this is by looking out for these symptoms.

High water pressure symptoms:

  • Toilet running, even when not in use
  • Water hammering in the pipes resulting in a knocking sound
  • Faucets leaking, even when in the fully closed position AND new washers installed. Note that if the issue exists ONLY in a single tap you may instead have a leaking tap problem.
  • Inconsistency in the temperature of you recent showers

Low water pressure symptoms:

  • A weaker than usual toilet flush
  • Strange sounds when running a washing load
  • Pressure reaches “maximum” before being fully opened

Understanding your Water Pressure Problems

It’s important to first understand how your water system works so you can understand where issues are likely to arise. The illustration below provides the basic working principle of your home water system.

water pressure diagram

In a simplified explanation; water is collected in a reservoir, treated, and pumped down your mains pipeline, towards your home. There are multiple pressure regulating valves (PRV) that ensure the water that reaches your home is within the correct pressure range. To meet Australian Standards, water pressure in Australia is not to exceed 500 kPa. 

A failing pressure regulating valve is in most cases the culprit for both high and low water pressure issues. An easy way to confirm this, is to simply talk to your neighbours. If they are experiencing similar problems, it’s best to contact your local water supplier to check if there are any known local issues being addressed. If however, your neighbour is not experiencing similar problems, it may be time to replace your pressure regulating valve. These components are designed to last up to 15 years.

Other potential causes include mineral build ups in the pipework which is again a result of ageing components. This is why diagnosis of these problems can be a tricky beast to tackle. There are a high number of impacting factors. Oftentimes it is best to get a professional on site to test the water system.

How we can help...

Our plumbing professionals have dealt with hundreds of water pressure issues, both high and low and are well equipped to tackle this problem for you. Tweaking of a plumbing system is a game of balance. On one hand, you don’t want to be needlessly wasting water and increasing your usage bills, and on the other hand, you need a certain level of water pressure to go about your daily activities. We understand this balance and work with you to not only solve the issue, but make sure it is an effective and lasting improvement in your home.  Call us now and together we can work toward a solution.

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