You rely on your Boston home’s plumbing to provide the water you need for everyday tasks and comfort. However, constant use and even accidental misuse can lead to both small and large plumbing problems over time. Older homes are often more susceptible to certain types of problems, but even newer construction may face issues due to water hardness, overuse, and other factors. Your Boston plumber is your best resource when it comes to predicting, identifying, and solving home plumbing problems before they can cause extensive damage or disrupt your daily schedule.
Poor Water Pressure
Poor water pressure is a common problem in many Boston homes. Water pressure is the result of the force with which water flows through your pipes; when water cannot flow easily, the water pressure is reduced and you suffer from poor performance from fixtures and appliances. Particularly in older homes, poor water pressure may be due to mineral buildup on the inside of pipes, which both reduces the available volume of the pipe and causes corrosion that leads to numerous leaks, which cause water loss between your water main and the tap. Poor water pressure due to pipes choked by buildup can be solved by cleaning out the pipes with pressurized water, while leaks can be patched or repaired by replacing the damaged section of pipe. If your home has widespread pipe issues due to age or hard water, your plumber may suggest solutions such as re-piping and whole-home hard water treatment for the best long-term results.
Boston winters can be extremely cold, with temperatures that fall well below freezing for long periods of time. When this type of weather occurs, plumbing pipes can become vulnerable to freezing, particularly if they are not constantly in use, which is why frozen pipes most often occur overnight or while families are on vacation. Because water expands when it freezes, pipes that have become frozen are at risk for bursting, which can cause serious flooding and disruption of plumbing function until the issue is repaired by your plumber. If you know that freezing conditions are expected, insulating any exposed plumbing, including indoor pipes near exterior walls, can help you prevent a frozen pipe. Opening the tap of a pipe at risk for freezing to allow even a slow trickle of water will keep water flowing and also lower the chances of a frozen pipeline. If you do suspect that a pipe has become frozen, it’s important to take action quickly. Turn off your home’s water main to avoid flooding, and contact your Boston plumber for advice and assistance. Your plumber can warm up a pipe that may be frozen but has not yet burst; however, sometimes small cracks can occur that may not be obvious to anyone but a professional, which is why it’s so important to call in your plumber, even if you haven’t experienced a flood. If the pipe has broken, your plumber can repair or replace it promptly to minimize the effects of this plumbing problem on your home and your daily routine.
Our plumbers in Boston are ready to help you with any type of plumbing problem, large or small. We are pleased to offer comprehensive services that include sink and garbage disposal repair, pipe maintenance and repair, and water heater, sump pump, and toilet services. You can reach us online, where you’ll also find more information about our services and solutions; we also invite you to take a look through our blog for more tips and advice from our experts.