Water lines are piping that brings the water thru your home or business. Water lines are installed underground, under concrete slab, crawlspace, basement behind walls and ceiling and just about anywhere it’s needed to supply water to plumbing fixtures (toilet, sinks, etc.). This design of complex piping is known as your water distribution system.
There are many different types of material used to make the piping for the water distribution system. Some examples of piping are galvanized, copper, PVC, CPVC, pex and poly. Some homes and businesses may have a combination of material that makes repairs more difficult.
Regardless of the piping you may have, Pell Plumbing is equipped to install or repair every type of piping for every situation.
Common Plumbing Issues with Water Lines
My water lines make a loud noise when water is shut off.
This is called water hammer. The sudden closing of a valve will create shock waves that will vibrate the pipe. The vibrating pipe will bang against some wood creating the noise. Excess pressure on the water supply could be a contributing factor. Check the house pressure. It should be between 50-70 psi. You can also install water hammer arrestors. They are air chambers that act as shock absorbers and should be installed as close to the fixture as possible.
When my washing machine is on I don’t have any water pressure in the bathroom.
There could be several reasons for this, but the most common problem is the pressure in the house is not regulating properly. It is normal to notice a small decrease in pressure when 2 or more fixtures are on at the same time but you still should have sufficient flow to each fixture. You need to check the Pressure Regulator Valve or sometimes called the Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV). This part has two purposes as its name states, reduce and regulate pressure.
Street pressure from the city could be well over 100psi and this part reduces pressure to 50-70 psi. 70 psi is the maximum working pressure for all your appliances and faucets. If you exceed this, problems start happening. Toilets start to run, faucets start dripping, and pipes start making noises; it could be disastrous.
The part also regulates pressure, which allows you to use more than one fixture without noticing a decrease in pressure. It automatically adjusts the water flow to accommodate the demand.