Water pressure and quality- The phenomenon of modern plumbing

We often take for granted being able to open the tap, and water flows out unquestioned. It has been an everyday luxury with an intricate system attached to the simple flush of a toilet or drink of water. The average person never thinks to question how. We take for granted that it is a necessity, yet we do not comprehend how it all needs to be planned from the source to the tap. Plumbing is underappreciated expertise, yet we depend on it to service huge malls, busy cities, and rural regions. We often drink a glass of water without a second thought about what is in our water, what can be off with our water, and how we can improve it for our overall health. These problems can be fixed with diligent home care and specialized improvised systems. Let’s look at the blueprint of how a system gets adequate pressure and water quality. Small changes can often lead to significant effects, and here we explain how you can arm yourself with the knowledge to improve your home use and the general water system in your area.

Basic water pressure know-hows. 

The amount of water flowing through water pipes is the basic interpretation of water flow, and how hard it flows is water pressure. If you have a slow trickling of water, the water pressure is low. The objective is to have a steady and predictable flow of water. Thus the supporting system must be in place to ensure that the flow is not compromised. The first and foremost factor is altitude or height. Pressure is created by the flow of water from a higher point. We almost always place water tanks at a higher altitude; this allows the pressure to force the water flow.

The width of the water pipe, texture, and type is the next factor that influences the water pressure. The surface of the pipe influences friction, and friction, in turn, affects the flow of water. The higher the variance, the slower the flow. Consideration, therefore, must be given at the very start of any plumbing project to what materials will be used. The best consideration can be given to what type of pipe is being used, but if water pressure is insufficient, the system will not succeed. It is essential to always consult with an industry expert to aid you in these decisions and ultimate installation. This should not be left to DIY- this impacts the longevity of your system. You do not want it to fail within a year or create severe damage with leaks and bursts.

Common problems with water pressure

Various factors can influence water pressure, from easy DIY fixes to needing a more experienced hand to solve your problem. If you want to fill up the coffee machine and the trickling water is setting you on edge,  a clogged pipe might be one of the most common issues with low pressure.

A secondary issue to water pressure might be an issue with the valve. It might be damaged, broken, or turned off. The problem can be with the water meter or house shut-off valve. Be sure to check both these as it can save you time and money regarding getting a professional when it might be a quick DIY fix!

A safety mechanism that might often be at fault is the pressure regulator, which controls the water pressure so that it will not cause damage to the system or pipes. It is a mechanism that does not come standard to all homes, but homes that do have this in place are at risk of it failing and causing problems with the water pressure. This can fall on either side of the spectrum, causing a hike in pressure or a pressure drop; either way, it can cause damage to the entire system or home. A failing pressure regulator is best fixed by a professional as it holds together the whole system, and an installation error can cause more damage.

Galvanized pipes were the go-to product for plumbing systems back in the day, but developments have pushed to a more durable PVC pipe. The problem is that many older homes still have the original pipe system in place. This can cause some severe damage when the pipes start to erode. This creates a blockage or even a burst that drastically impacts the pressure of the entire system. The best option is to replace the whole system and re-pipe with a better-suited alternative. The pressure drop will be systematic as the corrosion occurs over the years. Still, eventually, it will be a problem that needs urgent solving as it can lead to more significant damage if left unattended. This might also lead to leaks across the system, and any water that leaks is water lost. This can damage walls, foundations and other structures over time.

A contributing factor to the longevity of your piping system is the weather. Colder and harsher conditions lead to pipes leaking or bursting, so you have a higher need for a plumber during colder months. Colder weather causes pipes to contract, and if there are any weak spots, it will likely cause the pipe to burst. If the temperature drops to an extremely low and water freezes inside the lines, this can cause problems with accessibility and the longevity of your system. A helpful tip is to leave a faucet or two slowly dripping if extreme drops in temperature are expected. This allows the water to keep running and will ensure you have running water the next day.

Improve water quality in the home and community

A water softener system can enable you to improve the quality of your water and increase the longevity of your pipes. A water softener system decreases the amount of calcium and magnesium in your water, creating a better water quality. A water softener system is very adaptable and can suit your needs, whether that is removing more of a specific type of pollutant or having a large amount of water to be treated. The system must be created with particular needs in mind. Keeping these systems maintained to prevent build-up in filters is also important.

Water quality is an issue focused not only on the home or business unit but also on the community. Small adjustments can improve water quality by making minor adjustments to ensure the initial product is of a higher standard. Natural water sources like rivers and dams are protected by grass and surrounding bush. These shrubberies, plants, and grass help keep erosion under control, and it helps to ease storm runoff and filter pollution. When these natural barriers are mown or cut, it destroys the natural first barrier we have to help keep the water clean.

Many human practices worsen water pollution. Factors like dumping, pesticides, hazardous waste, and the like allow contaminants to enter the water system that cannot permanently be eliminated successfully. This has a significant impact on disease spreading and the drastic drop in water quality.

Household supplies such as cleaners, soap, and shampoos can be harsh on the water systems. Putting harsh chemicals down the drain can harm the water system and, in turn, force more chemical treatments to ensure safety. Another household system is septic tanks. If these systems are not maintained, the refuse can leak into the ground and contaminate water supplies and water wells.

Improving your water pressure and quality can be an easy one-step fix or require the attention of a specialist. Water should always be considered a very precious resource and be used in a way that is conscious and mindful- be sure always to advise a specialist to help you create solutions tailored to your needs and what systems you already have in place. One small mistake can have dire consequences later on. On our website, you can find our host or services-we cater to small home projects and industrial needs. We are ready to lead you with industry advice and up-to-date solutions to suit your pocket and needs. We take into consideration where you are and where you need to be. Entrust Johnson Plumbing for your Reno plumber needs!

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