I have a strange water pressure problem in my house.
When I turn the water on from the tap or flush the toilet the water
dosen't flow smoothly. The water projects it out quickly from the
start and then intermediates flow pressure until you need to fill the
sink or the toilet fills up.
I'm concerned that my water pipes are telling me that they are blocked
or frozen, but I don't know.
Can you help?
OK. Your explanation's a bit weird, so I'll assume you mean that the
pressure starts high and then gets lower. If that's the case, it could be a
problem with a pressure regulator in your house. Click this link and see if
the thing looks familiar. They're usually located in the basement, either
near the main water pipe, or up near the ceiling:
In some locales, the incoming water pressure is high enough that it can
damage appliances and cause problems with faucets and pipe connections. For
instance, the incoming pressure at my house is about 125 psi (pound per
sqare inch). The pressure regulator drops it to around 50 psi. When my old
regulator (in the photo) began to die, it would allow surges as high as 90
psi, and then the pressure would sometimes drop to 20-30 psi.
Do you have this problem at ALL the faucets in the house?
Thanks for this. The answer to your question is yes, it does apply to
all the other faucets. I should've explained myself with more detail,
when I turn on any faucet, either in the bathroom or kitchen the water
surges out quickly and then drops to normal pressure and then
continues to surge sporadically. This also happens when I flush the
toilet. I wonder whether it's due to the cold weather and that my hot
water has been temporarily turned off for the past 10 days due to my
back boiler being too old and therfore disconnected by a Corgi
Do you have a pressure regulator?
Are the pipes copper (hardly ever clogs) or galvanized (often clogs)?
From the description, it sounds like there is pressure when you start, but
if there is a clog, the pressure would drop on the far side of it.
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