As wonderful as a hot shower in the middle of winter in Toronto is, just as awful is a low-pressure shower during any season of the year. We’ve all been there and experienced the frustration. So why does it happen? Here are some of the possible reasons.
- Water Leaks
This is probably one of the most common causes of low water pressure. The smallest leak can have an impact on the water flow to the house, and because not all water reaches the tap the pressure will likely be less than usual.
Our professionals at New Canadian Drain and Toronto Plumbing will be able to easily detect and fix leaks getting your pressure back up to standard.
- Build-up inside the pipes
Corrosion and mineral build-up are often to blame for weak water pressure, especially in older houses. Galvanised water piping lasts up to 20 years, and over time corrosion may occur. Minerals found in the water passing through the pipes over the years can also build up in the pipes.
These types of build-up both clog the pipes leaving not enough space for water to pass through at full pressure.
- Blockages in water pipes
Other than corrosion and minerals, daily waste such as hair or food can also cause your water to lose pressure. To prevent this it is important to keep your drains clean.
- Closed Main Valves
Usually, a less serious reason why your water pressure has changed could be because the main valve has accidentally been turned off. If this is the case, a homeowner needs to determine if it was a person who shut it off or if the valve is failing in some way.
When two or more taps are opened simultaneously in one household, the water pressure will usually drop immediately. Luckily, this isn’t something to worry about and the pressure will be restored as soon as one tap is closed.
- Municipal water supply failure
Another common reason for low water pressure is a problem with the supply thereof. If the water system isn’t functioning optimally due to leaks or poor maintenance, residential areas will be influenced since enough water doesn’t reach the pipes.
- Peak Hour
Although a city’s water system is designed to accommodate water consumption of thousands of residents, it could become a problem when everyone in the neighbourhood takes a shower at the same time.
- Low Water Levels
When a city experiences a drought or general maintenance problems with dams, causing less water to flow to residences, the pressure will also be affected.
If you notice a difference in the water pressure in your home, the first thing to do is to check whether the problem is with your system or with the system of the supplier.
If you’re experiencing low water pressure and you’re not sure what the cause is and how to fix it, contact New Canadian Drain for all your Toronto plumbing solutions. We know how frustrating it is to work with low water pressure and our professionals are ready to solve the problem.