Improving Your Water Pressure

Regardless of your mains water pressure, an old water supply pipe may well be restructing the flow of water to your property. The water flow will be dictated by the internal diameter of the water pipe. Pressure can often vary but generally water companies aim for 1 bar at the boundary of your property. 

Water pressure can be effected by high demand during hot spells or routine maintenance and improvements. These variances are often short lived but a longer period of reduced pressure normally indicates a water leak or poor quality water pipe.  

Is lead harmful?

Lead can build up in the body over time. Children and pregnant women are at particular risk. Mental development can be affected and there can be a noticeable increase in behavioural problems. Exposure to lead is strictly controlled, but ingestion through drinking water is still prevalent.

Water contamination.

Lead is toxic and accumulates in the skeleton. Health effects include interference with the calcium metabolism and central nervous system.

Low water pressure?

Leaks from old pipes and calcification can occur in old lead pipes and will lead to low water pressure. Regardless of the mains network pressure, your lead pipe may be restricting the flow of water and may be exasperated by it's internal diameter.

How to check for lead pipes?

Firstly look at the pipe where it enters your home, normally by the stop tap. This is often under the sink or downstairs toilet. Scratch the surface with a knife and if it is lead you will see the shiny metallic properties of lead. If you are unsure, simply give us a call and we can check for you.


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