If you are experiencing low water pressure, it could be due to the myriad of issues. In a high-rise, it can be caused by inadequate pumping pressure to lift the water upwards. Low water pressure can also be due to pipes that have become corroded so badly that flow is being restricted. But there is another issue that can cause low pressure that can also lead to an impending disaster in your home or building. Low water pressure can be the result of a hidden or unknown leak.
Low water pressure can be the result of several pinhole leaks which are very common in structures that have been constructed using copper piping. While small individually, several leaks can cause a noticeable difference in pressure. This can become a real disaster when it comes to damage to drywall, ceilings, floors, and wood. It can even eventually lead to mold and rotting. This seemingly small problem can cause significant damage before the problem may even be realized.
If leaks occur underground and are significant enough, they can cause foundation damage which also can be expensive to repair.
So what can you do?
First, you should take water pressure drops seriously. If your water pressure drops to where you or your tenants make note of it, immediately investigate possible causes. It is also helpful to maintain water-use records for your building. While bills may go up and down as pricing from your water company is adjusted, there shouldn’t be any drastic increases in monthly usage. If there is, a major leak could be the cause.
Second, you should also pay close attention to the number and type of plumbing repairs you are having to facilitate each year and even note their location. This can better help you track where potential problems areas may be and to prioritize where pipe runs may need to be replaced. Of course, at some point, you will be faced with the decision to make a significant investment in your building’s plumbing, especially if your building is 20 years old or more.
Replace or Reline?
Fortunately, you have options when it comes to this major investment. You can replace your piping, or you can have it relined by contacting the experts at Nu Flow Midwest.
Nu Flow Midwest is the Chicago area’s epoxy pipe relining specialist. Our proven process scrubs your pipe’s interiors, cleaning away debris and exposing weak areas. Then we apply a safe and durable smooth epoxy lining that can add decades to the life of your plumbing. It is much less invasive than pipe replacement, meaning there is much less cost in demolition and repair to your building.
Next Step: Pipe Assessment
If you are concerned about low water pressure in your Chicago area building, contact Nu Flow today. We can explain our pipe assessment service that takes a complete and thorough look at your building’s plumbing to determine its integrity. Working with our partners at Althoff Industries, we will prepare a plan that may include areas where pipes need to be replaced and where they can be relined. We will prioritize the plan, addressing most urgent areas first. This can even be a multi-year plan to best fit with your budget. The really good news is that once the plan is in place, we take care of any needed emergency repairs along the way.
Contact our offices or use our convenient online form to learn more. Reline, renew, and repair with Nu Flow Midwest.