Water pressure issues can happen at any point in time. Slow-flowing pipes can be particularly frustrating in commercial buildings because of the impact on keeping business operations running. Understanding how to fix low water pressure starts with identifying the cause and there might be more to it than you think.
Have you seen a sudden spike in your water bill? If so, that could indicate that you have a leak somewhere on the property. Leaks can happen anywhere – from faucets and toilets to underground pipes.
The best way to determine if you have a leak is to perform what’s called a “leak test.” This is when you turn off all the water fixtures in your building, then check your water meter outside. If the needle on the meter is still moving, even with no one using any water inside, you likely have a leak somewhere that needs fixing immediately.
Corrosion In Pipes
Over time, the build-up of minerals can cause corrosion, leading to clogs and restricting water flow. This is more common in older buildings with outdated plumbing systems. Iron pipes are particularly susceptible to corrosion.
If you suspect this is the problem, the best course of action is to hire a professional plumber to come and take a look. They will be able to determine if corrosion is indeed the issue and recommend the best way to fix it.
Water Main Breaks
If your property is in an urban area, a water main break could be the reason for your low water pressure. Water main breaks are fairly common and usually happen due to corrosion, freezing and thawing, or natural disasters.
If you think a water main break might be the issue, the first step is to call your city’s water department. They will be able to tell you if there have been any reported breaks in the area and, if so, when they expect repairs to be completed.
Poor Plumbing Design
Did you know that the way your plumbing is designed can affect water pressure? If the pipes are too small or there aren’t enough, it can lead to low water pressure. This is especially common in older buildings that weren’t designed with today’s needs in mind.
Unfortunately, you can’t do much to fix this problem without a complete overhaul of the plumbing system.
Contact Express Facility Management
If you’re experiencing water pressure problems throughout your commercial property, there might be more to it than just old plumbing. By taking a closer look at your system and troubleshooting some common issues, we will be able to figure out what’s causing the problem and get it fixed quickly. Express uses the latest technology and equipment to ensure your property runs smoothly and efficiently. Check out our facility solutions or schedule a consultation with one of our experts today.