For a commercial building owner or manager, one of the most common issues they have to deal with is low water pressure. As every commercial building is different, so too are the causes of their water pressure problems. However, once the causes are identified, they can usually be quickly fixed. Here are four common reasons why building lose pressure.
One of the most common reasons why buildings lose water pressure is leakages. Water leaks rob from the incoming supply and cause the significant drop in water pressure. This will often mean that higher levels of your building are hit the hardest.
While some leaks are visible, others are hidden. It’s best to contact a commercial plumber to help you detect leaks in your water system.
When it comes to its causes, rusting pipes are often a major culprit. As water pipes rust, the by-products of water corrosion build up on the interior of the pipes. This gradually narrows the pipes’ useful diameter, making it more difficult for water to pass through them.
Rusting pipes are also prone to breakage, which can cause blocked drains and other associated issues. Best to call a commercial plumber to inspect the quality of your pipes.
The main water valve in commercial buildings regulates the inflow of water. While valves are quite robust, they can break down from age and over-use. Once the quality of a water valve is compromised, it can lead to a decrease in the volume of water entering the building.
As water volume decreases, so too does the perceived water pressure.
Water Supply Issues
Sometimes, changes in the city’s water supply can affect the water pressure of your building. For example, if a local government adds new connections to existing capacity, the change can naturally sap your water supply and pressure in the process. While this is a more infrequent occurrence, it does occasionally happen.
While there are many reasons why buildings lose water pressure, there are also many solutions, too. In some cases, the use of water-pressure booster pumps and pressure tanks can solve your building’s problems, while in others, it may be a case of needing to replace water valves or old pipes.
If your building is losing water pressure, get in touch with a commercial plumber immediately to get to the root of the problem as soon as possible.
Watertight Plumbing & Gas are a commercial and residential plumbing group based in Sydney, Australia. We have helped a number of Australian companies with their common hot water problems and set up systems to minimize the disruptions they can cause. Get in touch with our helpful team today to talk about how we can help you and your business.