Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have really low water pressure coming from my fixtures, is there a way to get more pressure?

A: The problem is normally not a pressure issue but a volume issue. Most old houses have pipes that are too small to adequately supply the demands placed on the system. If you still have the old steel galvanized water lines then the problem is even worse because the steel pipes fill with rust build-up on the inside which further reduces flow to the fixtures.

If you truly have low water pressure then you would need to install a pump and tank to increase pressure. If you have adequate pressure and need more volume then you need to replace your existing water lines with properly sized water lines. You can buy a simple test gauge at most home stores that will screw onto a hose bibb that will tell you your water pressure or you can call me and I would be happy to test it for you. The pressure should be between 20-80psi (pounds per square inc). If it is higher than 80psi you need to install a Pressure Reducing Valve.

Q: My water bill is really high, I think I might have a leak somewhere. Can you tell me where the leak is?

A: There are companies that specialize in leak detection. They are expensive but if you need to find a leak and have no other means of locating then you have to use them. Some things you can do to narrow down the cause of the high water bill would be; put food coloring in all your toilet tanks and see if it goes into the bowl without flushing. Make sure you have no dripping faucets. Inspect the crawlspace to see if there are any puddles of water or pipes dripping. Turn off the valve that supplies water to your house and see if the meter is still moving, this would indicate the leak is between the meter and the house.

If your line is leaking underground and you have an old steel water service, plan on replacing the line rather than trying to repair it. If you need help trying to determine where a leak may be occurring please give me a call, I would be happy to help.

Questions

I have really low water pressure coming from my fixtures, is there a way to get more pressure?

My water bill is really high, I think I might have a leak somewhere. Can you tell me where the leak is?

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