Dealing with low water pressure in your home is frustrating. Low water pressure makes everyday tasks such as showering, doing laundry, or washing dishes a time-consuming ordeal. Here’s a look at some of the most common reasons for low water pressure. 5 Common Causes of Low Water Pressure in the Home
It’s possible that you simply have a faulty plumbing fixture, especially if low water pressure is confined to a specific area of your home. Check your fixtures and faucets for leaks, corrosion, or clogs that may impede water flow.
If your water pressure is too high, it can damage your pipes. The pressure regulator keeps the water pressure in your pipes at a safe level. If your water pressure suddenly drops, or if it increases unexpectedly, the pressure regulator may need to be replaced. You will notice the change in water pressure on all your plumbing fixtures. Replacing the pressure regulator should be handled by a professional plumber.
If you’ve recently had repairs done, a partially-closed shut-off valve may be causing your low water pressure. It’s fairly simple to check the shut-off valves in your home. The first valve is found next to your water meter. The other valve is located where the main line enters your home. You can often find it near your water heater. Make sure both valves are completely open.
If you have old pipes, they may have become corroded. It’s especially likely if you have copper or galvanized steel pipes. Unfortunately, the only solution may be to replace your pipes.
A drop in water pressure may be caused by a problem with the municipal water system. This is especially likely if work has recently been performed on the water main in your neighborhood. Call your local water supplier to find out whether this is the case and when the issue will be fixed.
If you need help with low water pressure, or any other plumbing issue, contact us today.
Suspecting that something is wrong with your water heater is never fun. But when you have a tankless heater, you don’t have to worry about dozens of gallons of heated water damaging your home. Here are some of the most common problems with tankless water heaters and the first steps you can take:
Whether you hear a drip or see water buildup, the first thing to do whenever you see a leak is to shut off the local water connection if you can. If water is leaking out of the box, set down a towel or bucket to catch the water. Then contact a trained technician. It’s much more likely to be a loosened valve instead of a broken unit, so calling quickly can cut down the repair costs.
Tankless heaters are energy-efficient and they give you immediate access to hot water. But they can only provide hot water to one or two areas at a time. If your shower is lukewarm, make sure your washer and dishwasher or off. If the water still won’t heat up:
Your region might have hard water, and your tankless system won’t let minerals and sediment sink out of the way like with your old tank. Talk to your plumber about filters, water softeners, or potential rust buildup. Contaminants in the water can be dangerous, so don’t wait to call in someone who can help.
If your tankless water heater isn’t doing its job, set an appointment with East Texas Leak Locators. We can get to the bottom of the problem.
Bathroom renovations are all the rage, and DIY kits are becoming popular at many home improvement stores. But before you rip out your old tub/shower combo, set an appointment with a qualified plumber to get everything checked over. Here’s why:
If you want to replace your tub/shower combo because the design is really old, your pipes might be even older. They could have lead components or be fully leaded. Old metal pipes are also more vulnerable to rust and corrosion. Have a professional plumber check over the pipes before you add a beautiful tile wall.
Plumbing codes are complex, and what works for one installation might not work for another. If you’re switching from a combo unit to a stand-up shower, then you may need a different size drain to keep your home by the books. If you’re installing an enclosed shower for older members of your family, there might be even more safety restrictions in place to prevent water damage.
Low water pressure isn’t just a convenience or comfort problem. It could be an indication that something is seriously wrong with your pipes. So if you’re updating your shower because you want a high-pressure shower head or even multiple shower heads, don’t rip out the tub just yet. Your plumber might unearth the underlying cause and get your water pressure back to normal.
While some cosmetic home improvement projects can be fun to work on, emergency plumbing repairs or a bad pipe isn’t one of them. Call in a plumber from East Texas Leak Locators to make sure your pipes are in good condition and that both your water and your house are safe. Contact us here to schedule an appointment.
The holidays are notorious for being stressful on your mind and body, but all that delicious food is pretty tough on your drain pipes as well. It is, hopefully, unlikely that that you are pouring ounces of pan drippings from the Christmas roast down your drain, but some of that fat still gets down there. Washing all the dishes from the holidays in your sink has been hard on your drain pipes. So now that the new year has begun and you’ve probably already abandoned New Year’s resolutions, why not do something for your drains that can have a lasting effect all year long?
Hydro-jetting is, without a doubt, the best way to clean your drains. A drain snake may break up clogs, but it doesn’t clean those pipes very well. Liquid drain cleaners run a big risk of actually damaging your pipes and should be avoided. However, hydro-jetting can not only break up clogs, but they can actually clean the inside of your pipes so you run a much lower risk of clogs reforming in the near future.
What a hydro-jet does is it uses high water pressure sprayed out forward and to the sides to break up anything in its path and stuck to the walls of your pipes. Conversely, if you were using a drain snake, it would auger through the blockage in front of it, but it would not clean the walls. Anything cleaned from your pipes would be purely coincidental instead of purposeful. As hydro-jetting removes and wears down anything on the pipe walls, it makes it difficult for new potential clogs to catch again.
Are you looking to start your new year off right with clean pipes? Contact us today for an early year hydro-jetting, but in truth, it is never too late in the year to get your drain pipes back in good shape.
For many homeowners, they will at some point in this home owning adventure decide they want to remodel their kitchen or bathroom. However, while you look for that dream spa tub or a kitchen faucet that does everything save for massage your feet, you might also want to make a call to your local plumber as well before fully committing to the remodel.
When remodeling any area of your home with water features, the plumbing should first be inspected before any new installation begins. Your plumbing needs to be checked for age, damage, and if it is even compatible with your fancy new water fixtures in the remodeled room.
When talking to your plumber, you may want to talk to them about what you want to install so they can consider compatibility when doing their inspection. They can then offer advice on whether you would want to remodel sections of the plumbing or go for a whole remodel of your plumbing system. While the latter sounds expensive, it may end up saving you more in the end, especially if the plumbing in your home is old or excessively damaged. It may not be a problem now, but it could very well start racking up the costs soon, especially with a remodeled kitchen or bathroom potentially putting new stress on the entire system. Furthermore, you can also choose more cost-effective PEX or PVC pipe options where viable to save the money that would be spent installing new copper. If your home is very old, this would not have been an option for the previous owners, but these new piping options are more affordable and just as durable.
Are you doing a remodel or simply interested in remodeling an aging plumbing system? Contact us today for a plumbing inspection and remodel options to make sure your home remodel doesn’t go upside down because you forgot to check on your pipes.
Homeowners probably feel like if there is a plumbing emergency, they will know it when they see it. This is true in a way. If you are standing in water up to your ankles, that merits a little urgency. However, there are times where a plumbing problem may be a little more ambiguous in terms of if it is just a problem or if it is indeed an emergency.
When you have any plumbing problem, your first step should always be to shut off the water in order to mitigate the amount of damage that is going to happen. If you have a leak, for example, even with shutting off the water, it will still continue to run water out of the pipes, but with the water on, that leak will be infinite. So, even though it still may leak some more, it will do less damage than if the water was left on.
Once the water is off, now is the time to determine if the problem is also an emergency. For a plumbing problem, you will wait and call a plumbing service during normal business hours. For a plumbing emergency, it is likely you will need to call during off hours and pull plumber out of bed to solve your problem. The general rule of thumb is if you cannot mitigate the damage or your will need to wait more than 24 hours to get a plumber during normal hours and turn your water back on, it should be treated as an emergency.
It is also crucial that if this plumbing problem is a gas leak, you should vacate your home right away, even if in the middle of the night, and call your local emergency gas leak number from a neighbor’s phone or your cell phone outside the home.
Do you have a plumbing problem or a plumbing emergency? Regardless of which, we can help. Contact us today so we can help solve all your plumbing problems.
No one likes a water leak. It can cause extensive home damage if left unchecked. However, if there is one thing you don’t want more than a water leak, it is a water leak that you cannot find. This is the case with a slab water leak. You will notice signs of a water leak, but when it is in the slab, you may not be able to find it if you only look to the wall plumbing. However, if you manifest these signs, it is time to call a plumber.
If you look at your water bill and find a pretty large spike, that is generally a sign that something, somewhere is leaking. If you have an explanation, such as house guests or a new passion for multiple baths per day, this could explain it, but if you are doing nothing new, you may have leak in the slab.
When a pipe is leaking, it literally steals your water. This means the pressure become compromised, and you will get less water pressure then used to. This becomes even more true when multiple water features are in use at once.
If you notice water by the edge of your wall, you may look to a wall pipe leak or even a leaking roof. However, it is distinctly possible that that the water is not trailing down, but rather coming up from the floor where there is a slab leak.
If you have noticed one or more of these signs, you can definitively tell if you have a leak by shutting off the water to your home and checking your water meter. If the meter is still moving, this means the water is still running, and that is happening because of a leak. At this point, it is time to call a plumber to concretely locate the leak and repair it.
Most plumbing problems can be fixed with a simple repair. However, more serious problems may mean that your home needs to be repiped. Whole-house repiping is a big investment, but it will make a big difference to your home. Here are five signs that your house needs repiping.
Age of Your Home
If your house was constructed before 1970, it’s likely that your pipes are made of outdated materials like galvanized steel, iron, or clay. Have your plumbing system inspected by a professional to determine if repiping is needed.
Polybutylene is a flexible, inexpensive plastic piping that was used in residential buildings from 1978 to 1995. It’s very vulnerable to rupturing and is no longer accepted by U.S. building codes. If your pipes are white, blue gray, or light gray plastic and have the letters “PB” printed on the side, then you have polybutylene pipes. You should have your home repiped as soon as you can.
Steel pipes will begin to rust from the inside when they start to get old. You may need repiping if you see rusty water coming from both your cold-water and hot-water appliances. If only your hot water appears rusty, it’s possible that your water heater is causing the problem.
Low Water Pressure
Is water coming out of your faucets more slowly than it used to? Consistently low water pressure is a sign of mineral deposits or rust buildup in your pipes. Have a plumber inspect your pipes to find out if they need replacing.
Visible signs of corrosion are another indication that you need to repipe your home. Signs of corrosion to look for include:
Left unaddressed, corrosion will usually lead to a leak.
Contact us to learn more about repiping and the plumbing services we offer.
As a homeowner you may have heard the praises of the tankless water heater sung by a number of your other home owning friends. However, a lot of people say a lot of things are good, but it doesn’t automatically mean they are good. Are tankless water heaters really better than their storage tank alternatives?
If you want to learn more about tankless water heaters and if they are right for your home, contact us today.
Cross-linked polyethylene, better known as PEX, has become a major piping revolution over the past few years. As it is a flexible piping option, it makes for easier installation inside homes opposed to rigid copper or PVC pipe. However, while PEX is chosen for many re-piping and new piping installations for its benefits, does it still have the same problems as other piping options when it gets cold? Do PEX pipes freeze and burst like the rest?
The simplest answer is that PEX pipes can freeze if not insulated, and they can burst like copper or PVC when that happens. However, as a plastic, PEX has the certain benefit of flexibility. Unlike copper of even PVC, PEX has the certain ability to slightly expand and contract. This means that when water freezes, the pipe can expand to accommodate it without bursting. However, PEX is not perfect in this regard. After enough freeze and thaw cycles, the material will lose that flexibility. This means while PEX can withstand freezing more than other piping options, but it will eventually spring a leak as it gets worn down.
PEX piping isn’t a good choice for outdoor use. Like other piping options, it needs to be insulated to protect from freezing. So while the first time your PEX freezes probably won’t be an issue or cause bursting, you will need to find that pipe and make sure it is insulated so it doesn’t happen again.
Considering PEX Piping Options?
If you have rapidly aging plumbing and are looking into new plumbing options, PEX is an excellent choice. It is more affordable, flexible, and has less capacity for contamination compared to other piping options. However, while PEX is a good choice, it still needs care like more traditional piping options. If you are considering PEX piping as a replacement for your leaky old pipes, contact us today to see what we recommend for your unique needs.