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Common Causes of Low Water Pressure in Toronto

One of the most common reasons why homeowners in Toronto call Anta Plumbing, is because they have problems with low water pressure in one or more fixtures. It’s not really an emergency, but it sure is pretty inconvenient. However, low water pressure can be indicative of more serious plumbing problems that your Toronto plumber should look at at his earliest convenience.

Your low water pressure problem could be caused by one of many problems, such as:

  • Low water pressure from the city supply.
  • Your proximity to the water supply.
  • Leaky or damaged water supply pipes
  • Rust or clogs in the water inlet piping
  • Partially closed main water supply shut-off valve.
  • Defective water pressure relief valve.

If you’re unsure about whether you have a problem with your water pressure, or whether it is just generally low, it may be an idea to buy a water pressure measuring gauge from your hardware store. The average water pressure reading for a home’s water supply should be between 50-70 pounds per square inch (psi). Fixtures are made to sustain up to a maximum of 80 psi without sustaining damage, but if your pressure is below 50 psi, you may become pretty frustrated with your low water pressure.

Solutions for Low Water Pressure From the City

If your water pressure is low due to the deliver of the City, you could upgrade your water service with pipes with a wider diameter. It should deliver water faster, despite the slow delivery from the City because it will maintain your home’s dynamic water pressure, which is the amount of pressure the system will maintain even when your fixtures are in use. The static water pressure will not be impacted by this.

Another option is to contact the Water Affairs department of the City to request that a local inspector visitors your home to determine if your water supply is normal. He could also investigate the water sources that supply your home, if he deems that necessary.

If your low water problem is caused by something other than the City’s supply, it could be any one of the following reasons:

Corroded piping: Low water pressure in steel or galvanized plumbing is often caused by corrosion. Repairing the corroded parts offer temporary reprieve only, as it will simply oxidize elsewhere, which means those areas will have to be repaired. Replacing your corroded galvanized piping with PVC is your best bet.

Sludge: If you have poor hot water pressure, it could be because sludge is built up inside your water heater. That’s why it is so important to flush the tank once a year. If you use a water softener, be sure that you maintain it regularly.

Partially Closed or Obstructed Valve: Many DIYers add plumbing fixtures without enlarging the diameter of their supply pipes. This can result in low water pressure in that particular section of your home, particularly in the upper storeys.

If you experience low water pressure in Toronto, it could be due to one or more of these common causes, but it may also be something else. Ideally, you should get in touch with Anta Plumbing to assess your issue and recommend the best solution.

Written by Tanya Klien

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