Low Water Pressure No Water At All
Low Water Pressure Or No Water At All
What You Should Do?
If you have low water pressure or no water at all, follow these simple steps in order to find the problem and to also find its solution.
1. Turn on the cold kitchen tap
The cold kitchen or utility room tap are usually the two places where the main water supply enters your home.
If you have normal running water from the tap but you don’t have water at other fixtures in your home, the problem would be connected with your plumbing system.
2. See if the stop valves are open
It is very important that your inside stop valve is open. You can usually find it in the airing cupboard, under the kitchen sink or under the floorboards, located near the front door. If you see that the valve is closed, you should rotate it anti-clockwise to open it entirely.
You should also check the outside stop valve which needs to be open too. Many properties are sharing their water supply with their neighboring houses so you should talk to them and find out if they have used the valve recently.
3. Talk to your neighbors
It is always a good idea to talk with your closest neighbors and see if they are experiencing the same problem.
If they are not, then the problem is most likely to be in your plumbing system.
If you don’t live in a house but in a flat, then you should first check with the maintenance of your building. You can try contacting your local authority or the buildings’ managing agent to see if there are any known problems with the plumbing.
II. What Is Water Pressure
Water pressure essentially is the measure of the force that is bringing water from our mains to your pipes.
Water pressure is measured in “bars”, where one bar represents the force that is needed in order to raise the water to a 10 meters’ height. The pressure is needed in order to get the water from our pipes to your businesses and homes no matter of their location – high and hilly areas, valleys or even apartments and flats.
What is the proper level of water pressure I should have?
The level of pressure at your taps will depend on the amount of water used by other customers and on how high our water tower or reservoir is above your property.
During the day, the water pressure can vary greatly. Usually it is higher at night as most customers’ taps are turned off and thus less water is taken from our network. On the other hand, in the mornings when many people are using their showers or baths the pressure is low due to the higher demand for water.
The ground level is another thing that determines the pressure. Hilltops have lower pressure as opposed to valleys which will have higher pressure.
Making sure that the stop taps are fully open is a way for increasing your water pressure by making changes in your plumbing system. Another thing you need to consider is that all systems which are depending on the water pressure which is reaching the property are set to a minimum level of 1 bar.
Do you have low water pressure?
If you see that your water pressure is low, you must take a look at your plumbing and see if there are any problems like a closed/ partially closed stop tap or even a leak.
If you are unable to locate a problem, you must contact us immediately. We will be able to measure the pressure and flow in order to determine in the problem is in our pipes or in yours.
If you want to get more scoop on things you could do when you are experiencing low water pressure, check out our video guide.
III. What Is Water Flow?
Water flow is essentially the water you receive and it usually depends on the size of the pipe, connecting our water mains to your house.
To give a more proper example, one small pipe will get water which will be enough to run one tap. In such a case whenever you have more than one taps and fixtures which are connected to one pipe, you won’t have enough water running through them so you won’t be able to use them all at one. This situation results in “low flow” which can by just a trickle of water running through the taps.
Older premises have half an inch in diameter pipes. In many situations, this half-inch pipe was installed by the developer or the landlord and it is supposed to supply a group of houses with water.
So when many people are using water all at the same time, especially appliances as washing machines, power showers and dishwashers, this situation results in low flow problems.
The appliance that is turned on first will get the most of the water from the pipe and thus all other appliances won’t receive enough water to function properly.
People, who are residing in converted houses, might experience problems with this particular situation.
As a general rule, the ground floor is receiving enough water but the higher floors might require extra pumping arrangements installed.
Contemporary houses have bigger pipes (22mm diameter). If this is the case, the water flow will be higher and the water will be enough to power more than one appliances to be used at the same time.
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