Should your water pressure be lower than normal but all seems okay with your faucets and other internal hardware, the issue may be elsewhere. By this, we mean beyond the internal plumbing of the home or business. There could be damaged in the line from the structure which leads to the town’s water lines. How can you detect this on your own befoe spending hundreds or thousands of dollars? Through a bit of detective work.
The very first thing you may want to do is contact the property owner or the city to determine how old the water pipes are which run from the building to the main feed. Some structures may have been rebuilt several times but never had the lines replaced due to budget or a survey which determined they were in good shape.
Next, determine where the shutoffs are on the property. This is not the valve which stops water flowing in the structure. Rather, this is the area where contractors would go in to halt water coming in from the city. You’ll need to find this if you can determine where the leak is. This may be as easy as walking around the property to see if there are any areas which are wetter than others. This may be feasible if the leak is strong enough as most pipes are buried at least three feet into the ground.
If this doesn’t work, check to see if water is properly flowing to the structure’s meter. If running above what is normally seen this can mean a leak between the meter and the supply. You can verify numbers with the local utility to see if there has been an increase in gallons used.
Should a leak be discovered you’ll probably need to speak with a contractor to determine what needs to be dug and replaced. When speaking with them ask questions about the products they use to test and install. If they speak of bullet gauges and cross rollers — deflection technology which is purchased from places like Hurco Technologies, they may be ones to consider.
Regardless of what needs to be done, do your research first to avoid losing money and having to make another repair. Click here for additional information.