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Water Pressure Problems and How to Solve Them

Water Pressure Problems and How to Solve ThemLow water pressure problems are an ongoing annoyance. Showerheads and faucets don’t perform properly when pressure is below specifications. Toilet tanks take forever to refill; washing machine fill cycles are very slow. Because pressure through the water heater tank is reduced, the waiting time for hot water to reach a faucet or other fixture is also extended.

“Normal” water pressure in a residence varies according to the municipal water supply and the size of the house. However, it’s generally agreed that household pressure less than 40 p.s.i. is too low. A qualified plumber can attach a gauge to your system to get an accurate reading of the pressure within the house. Here are some of the common causes of water pressure problems he’ll investigate if the reading is below standards:

  • Shutoff valve not fully open. If the main water shutoff valve was closed for some reason and not fully re-opened afterward, this will reduce water pressure throughout the house. You can try to open it further yourself, but be aware that shutoff valves that are difficult to turn shouldn’t be forced. Report a sticky valve to the plumber.
  • Faulty pressure valve. Because pressure in the municipal water main may be too high for residential plumbing, a pressure-reducing valve is usually incorporated in or near the home’s water meter to reduce pressure to a safe household level. If this valve is maladjusted or defective, it may be excessively reducing water pressure entering the house.
  • Mineral deposits. In locales with hard water, mineral deposits may accumulate in the water supply line over the years, gradually reducing pressure throughout the house. Re-piping is usually required to restore normal pressure.
  • Pipe leaks. Leakage from the water supply pipe may reduce indoor pressure in the house. Signs such as areas of the lawn that are always wet or spots where grass is always very green could indicate underground leakage. Water bills that are unusually high with no other explanation are another red flag.

For professional service to resolve water pressure problems in your home, contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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A Few Simple Tips to Help You Save Money and Conserve Water

A Few Simple Tips to Help You Save Money and Conserve Water

You may not realize it, but at any given time, there are tons of techniques that you can utilize to help you conserve water, and save money in the process. We’d love to help you out, so we’ve put together some of our favorite tips that you can begin to implement right now. Just take a look:

Check for Leaks

A small leak may not seem like a big deal, but even a very slow drip will quickly add up over time. The first thing you should do is go through your home and fix any leaky pipes or faucets.

Switch to Low-Flow Toilets

Older toilets are notorious for wasting a whole bunch of water, usually at the rate of 3-5 gallons per flush. A low-flow toilet will use half that amount, thereby lower your utility costs.

Cut Down on Your Shower Time

Being in a hot shower feels fantastic, but you really need to limit your shower time to less than five minutes. And, of course, four minutes would be even better.

Don’t Run the Water While Brushing Your Teeth

We’re all guilty of running the water while brushing, and it wastes a huge amount of water. The fix is easy — turn off the faucet.

Wait For Full Loads

Whether you need to wash either dishes or clothes, make sure you wait until you have a full load. This will ensure that you’re getting the maximum amount of work done with the least amount of water.

Lower the Water Usage on Your Lawn

Your law is probably the biggest culprit of water usage. If you hate the idea of it turning brown, consider switching to artificial grass.

Turn Off the Water When Washing Your Car

If you wash your car at home and keep the water running, you’ll waste several gallons each time. Turn it off and this won’t happen.

For more expert advice on how to save money and conserve water, please don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the needs of North San Diego and the surrounding area since 2002.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Avoid Costly Damage by Taking Steps to Prevent Winter Pipe Bursts

Avoid Costly Damage by Taking Steps to Prevent Winter Pipe BurstsAlthough we live in sunny San Diego, the threat of pipe bursts is one that no resident should ignore. If you haven’t taken the proper precautions, you could end up with costly damage. We suggest that you avoid this by following our best tips:

Insulate Your Home’s Exposed Pipes

First, focus on is protecting your exposed pipes, which are vulnerable to freezing. This is done by adding insulation, whether you do the work yourself or hire an HVAC professional.

Drain the Pipes

Excess water in your pipes can easily become frozen when the temperature drops. Draining your pipes will quickly fix this problem.

Turn On a Faucet

When outdoor temperatures get especially cold, it’s a good idea to start a slow drip on any faucet in your home. This will keep the water flowing, which will stop its ability to freeze.

Use a Heating Trace Cable

Heating cables function by plugging them into an electrical outlet, then laying the cable alongside your pipes or wrapping it around them. This cable will come out of its package ready to be used or require a little preparation.

Turn Up the Heat

San Diego is full of incredible older homes. Unfortunately, many older homes are built atop a crawl space that has not been insulated. Turning up the heat on your thermostat will warm up the floor and crawl space.

Heat Up the Pipe

Space heaters are a great way to get warmed up on a chilly day, and they’re also useful in warming up your home’s pipes. There’s no need to use its highest setting; it won’t take much heat to do the job.

Pay Attention to the Outdoor Spigot

With so much attention paid to the interior of your home, its exterior may be ignored. An outdoor spigot can become frozen, too, and turning off its valve will prevent bursting.
For more professional advice on how to avoid costly pipe bursts in your home or any other questions related to home comfort, reach out to the experts at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the area of North San Diego since 2002.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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