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Water pressure – it is one of the main plumbing issues for people in Toronto. This means that you have at least one of the faucets in your home provide you with a frustratingly slow trickle of water. Even though it is not necessarily a crisis (more of an inconvenience) it can be indicative of a larger problem.
What are the causes?
There are a number of problems that may cause low water pressure in a Toronto home. These include:
- Low water flow from the city supply
- Defective pressure relief valve
- Partially-closed main shut-off valve
- Damaged or leaky supply pipes
- Rusted or blocked water inlet piping
If you believe that your water pressure is low, but are unsure whether it is an actual problem, you can use a measuring gauge to test the water pressure. You can get these at most hardware stores
It only makes sense to measure your water pressure if you know the values that you are looking for. On the average, you want the pressure to range between 50 pounds per square inch (psi) to 70 psi. Most plumbing fixtures intended for residential use can handle around 80 psi, anything over that could lead to damage. If you have anything lower than 50 psi, you may find that water supply is an issue.
What can you do?
The cause of the issue is going to determine the solution to your low water pressure. You can check the valves yourself to ensure that they are working correctly. You can replace the damaged sections of pipe if you have piping-related problems.
However, most people are simply unaware of how to determine or resolve these issues. This is why it is a good idea to have a professional plumbing inspection determine what your needs are. In some cases, simply leaky supply pipes can get the water flow back to where it needs to be. In other cases, you may need to excavate to be able to reach damaged pipes. Remember that while water pressure may not appear to be a massive problem, it is often indicative of a larger problem that could develop into a more serious issue. Finding the issue associated with it is important.
If you want to find out the reason that you have issues with low water pressure, make sure to contact the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services. They can help you determine the issue and resolve it if necessary.