If left untreated and unmanaged low water pressure can turn from a mild inconvenience into something that can cause untold stress and strain for homeowners, which is why water pressure test equipment is such an essential tool for plumbers. Checking the water pressure within a home is the first step to solving a water pressure problem and is one of the most important jobs that a plumber can carry out.
What is Water Pressure Test Equipment?
There are several different types of water pressure test equipment which are suitable for different jobs. For example when testing fire hydrants, hydrant testing equipment is used. When testing water pressure within large plumbing systems, for example within a commercial building or complex, much larger and more complex equipment is used. When testing the water pressure within a home smaller water pressure test equipment can be used.
Why have I got low water pressure?
If you are a homeowner there could be several reasons why your water pressure is low, and there are steps you can take to try and remedy the problem before calling ain a plumber.
The Water Valve isn't Fully Open
It may sound obvious but countless people have ended up calling out a plumber unnecessarily because they haven't checked to see if the valve which connects their home to the main plumbing system is fully opened. If work has been carried out on your home before which involved shutting off the water it's worth checking your valve is fully open before going any further.
There's a Blockage in the Tap
A small piece of debris in your tap could affect your water pressure so before you call in the plumber unscrew your faucet and check for any debris inside.
Build up of limescale within your pipes can cause low water pressure, particularly when it builds up inside shower heads. If your home does have a limescale problem it could cause a lot of damage to your plumbing and to your white goods so if you have limescale get rid of it as soon as possible.
I Live in a Flat
Often in high rise buildings, particularly those that have been around for several decades, the higher up the building you get the worse the water pressure is. That's because water is pumped from the bottom of the building through to the top which means that more pressure is required to get a good water flow on higher floors of the building. If you think this might be the reason for low water pressure in your building then the best thing to do is to speak to your buildings manager and ask them to resolve the problem.
Get the Plumbers in!
Once you've investigated all of these possibilities and still can't find the source of your water pressure problem the next step is to employ the services of a plumber who will be able to come to your home and use water pressure test equipment to get to the heart of the problem.