First of all, let’s get this straight. Most people refer to this problem as "low water pressure", when actually what they have is "low water volume". Let me explain.
This very common problem can be caused by a number of reasons. One of the most common reasons is old galvanized water piping throughout your house or an old galvanized or lead water service entering your home from the city supply. These old galvanized metal pipes will corrode from within and in essence, become a smaller inside diameter. Basically this means that the pipe becomes too small inside to be able to deliver a usable amount of water to a tap. The problem is then made even worse when you turn on another tap or flush a toilet. This corrosion eventually becomes so severe that water will actually not be able to pass through the pipe. But in most cases the corrosion reaches the outer surface of the pipe, and becomes a "leak" before it gets to this point.
Another cause can be that the water service coming into your home may be undersized. Although it may be a copper water service, it is not uncommon to find ½ inch water services that were installed years ago. Again the same problem exists; the pipe is simply not large enough to deliver a sufficient volume of water to allow us to use the type of modern fixtures and appliances that we have today.
Have Canada’s Pro Plumbing upgrade the water piping in your home.
Old galvanized water pipes are not only the cause of low water pressure and discolored water, but most insurance companies require that these old water lines be replaced before your homes insurance policy can be renewed.
If selling or buying a home, in most instances today, the galvanized water lines will have to be replaced before a new insurance policy can be obtained for that home.
The Insurance Industry of Canada is becoming ever more diligent about replacing this old plumbing as new insurance policies are being obtained or renewed for a home. They are also now asking that the drain piping above grade be inspected by a licensed plumber, and are wanting it replaced as well if it is determined to be substandard.
You have more options today than ever before on the piping materials available for re-piping your home. The two most common today are Copper and Pex.
Everyone should be familiar with copper tubing, which has been the standard for many years. Cross-Linked Polyethylene or "PEX" as it is known in the industry, is the new kid on the block, and is rapidly becoming the piping of choice for most plumbing contractors and homeowners due to its lower installation costs. (Actually pex has been used in the U.K. and other countries for 30-40 years, but has only recently been introduced to North America)
By using PEX water piping along with brass fittings, re-piping a house is now a lot more affordable and less time consuming than ever before. As well you now have more options in the piping configuration that you can use. A popular way to install a water system in a residential home is called a "Home Run" system. This involves using a header system to allow you to run a dedicated hot and cold water line to each fixture in your house, giving you superior pressure balance and water flow throughout your home. With the affordability of Pex and ease of installation it is now an option that just wasn’t possible using copper tubing due to the labor costs to install it and the very high purchase price.
Canada’s Pro Plumbing can provide a complete re-piping service which includes the main sewer and water lines coming into your home as well as all of the drain piping throughout your home.Contact Us