Monthly Archives: December 2014

Water Pressure

How to Increase Your Water Pressure

You might not think you use much water, but let’s make an assessment. Do you brush your teeth? Do you take showers? Do you clean your dishware? Do you wash your hands? You need water to function on a daily basis. What happens when your water pressure suddenly Water Pressuredecreases? You still have the water you need, but a slow trickle can double the amount of time you spend on personal hygiene and household tasks. Just as water is essential to life, water pressure is essential to your lifestyle. How can you increase water pressure in your home?

Clean Out Your Faucets

Before you take drastic measures, locate which faucets in your home have decreased water pressure. If the low water pressure is confined to only a few locations, you could easily fix the problem yourself. Every faucet has an aerator, which can be accessed by unscrewing the mouth of the faucet. An aerator accomplishes two things: it adds air to the flow of water to create an even stream and it filters unwanted particles from the water before use. Simply twist off the aerator and check the filter for build-up. After cleaning out the filter, you should see an increase in water pressure.

Talk to Your City or Town

If the drop in pressure happened suddenly, place a call to your city or town’s water department. They can come to your home and inspect your pipes. They will compare your water pressure with other homes in the area to see if your reading is drastically different. They might be able to help you locate a leak and find out if that is the source of the problem.

Consider Replacing Piping

Leak or not, you’ll notice a decrease in pressure over time when your home’s pipes are rusted, corroded or just plain old. Certain sections of piping might be more worn than others. Galvanized steel pipes break down much more quickly than others. A qualified plumber can clean out your pipes and identify which sections of pipe might need to be replaced. If you invest in pipes made of copper or plastic, you will not only cure your water pressure issue, your water will also be free of any rust particles that were flowing through the outdated pipes.

Install a Water Pressure Booster

You did your research and tried to solve your flimsy shower flow, but nothing has worked. If the shower head, faucet mouths and pipes aren’t the cause of your problem, you can install a booster pump to your current system. You will notice a difference immediately in every faucet. However, there is a tradeoff. Water pressure booster pumps can cost between $300 to upwards of $800 or more. Additionally, you will have to pay for the electricity to keep it running. Make sure you depend on a highly skilled plumbing company like Captain Plumbing to install a water pressure booster so that the pressure readings are set correctly. Water pressure set too high can damage your plumbing fixtures.

Try following this advice to turn your feeble shower flow into a robust stream, and remember to call Captain Plumbing for immediate assistance for all of your plumbing needs.

Frozen Pipes

How to Keep Pipes From Freezing

Summer is starting to feel like a distant memory. You wake up shivering and you can see your breath on your way to work in the early morning hours. With the onset of winter comes higher heating costs and hours spent shoveling snow. Just those two factors are sobering enough Frozen Pipeswithout the prospect of encountering a major plumbing disaster. You need to know how to keep pipes from freezing and wreaking havoc in your home. While no method guarantees safety for your home’s pipes, take the following measures to help keep your pipes thawed during the cold months.

Prepare the Exterior of Your Home

Once the temperature starts to drop and yard work is over for the year, pack up your garden hoses. After you unscrew them, don’t close the water valves. By leaving the valves open, all the excess water can drain out. If any water remains behind and a deep freeze sets in, the water will have room to expand and won’t cause the pipe to rupture. Do you have an outdoor kitchen on your patio? Make sure that all water lines are disconnected and drained. Follow the same procedure for your sprinkler system and swimming pool.

Identify High-Risk Areas Inside Your Home

Plumbing lines located close to the exterior of your home or in uninsulated areas are at greater risk of freezing. For instance, pipes placed in garages, attics and crawl spaces are exposed to low temperatures and are untouched by your home’s heat. Purchase pipe insulation at your local hardware store and wrap these pipes to protect them against freezing temperatures. For especially cold spaces in your home, consider opening up the walls and adding insulation. It might seem like a lot of trouble, but if a pipe bursts in the wall, you will have to do it anyway, along with cleaning up the water damage.

Keep Your House Safe in Your Absence

Going on vacation? You might want to save money on heat, but don’t turn it off entirely. Sources vary on what you should set your temperature to so that you don’t come home to a flooded residence but 55 degrees is probably good for a long absence. If you will be gone overnight or for a weekend, turn down the temperature about 5 degrees so your furnace doesn’t have to overwork to bring the house back up to your comfort level. Leaving your sink cabinets open can also facilitate warm air circulation near your indoor plumbing. Open each faucet enough so that they can slowly drip. Keeping the water moving in the pipes will help guard against freezing.

Service Your Heating System

When was the last time your heating system was serviced? If you can’t remember, it’s time for a tune-up. Every year, your home’s heating system should be looked at by a professional. You can prevent unexpected breakdowns by scheduling regular inspections. If your heating system fails on the coldest day of the year, broken pipes and major water damage become a possibility.
Follow this guide on how to keep pipes from freezing. You can also call Captain Plumbing for assistance with a frozen or burst pipe any time of the day or night.