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Why Am I Losing Pressure in my Riser Pipe?

WP Law - Thursday, February 05, 2015

Loss of pressure in your riser pipes can be frustrating and perplexing because pressure loss could be due to a number of factors.

Loss of Pressure in Riser Pipe

To find the right solution to your pressure loss, you need to figure out the cause of your sudden or chronic loss of pressure. A few possible causes:

Problems in the Local Area

The issue may not be in your facility, but in the water supply that leads to it. There may be planned work that could interrupt pressure at your facility. You should also look for emergency updates in your area that could explain the pressure loss.

Clogs or Deposits in Pipes

A clog can keep water from flowing freely, resulting in a loss in pressure. Check the main water supply and water taps throughout your facility. If you have good pressure in one area but not another, this can help you identify where the problem is occurring.

Rust, algae, and mineral deposits can build up in pipes. This is particularly common in older iron piping systems. These can be physically or chemically removed to expand the volume of the pipe and improve water flow and pressure.

Broken Valves

Often, it is not the riser pipe itself that is the issue. The problem can lie with valves that connect pipes to one another. Check all valves to ensure that they are working properly. One that is frozen or not moving correctly can keep water from flowing freely.

Frozen Pipes

During cold weather, water can freeze in pipes, causing them to expand and crack. The resulting leaks can cause the water pressure inside your building to fall. To prevent frozen pipes, make sure that they are always well insulated. Keep bay doors closed to keep warmth inside your buildings. If your pipes are exposed to the elements, allowing cold water to drip from faucets can keep it moving and prevent freezing.

Improperly Installed Pipe Risers

If you have just installed your system and are not getting the water pressure you need, installation errors could be to blame. When pipe risers are being fabricated and installed, you need to account for the friction and elevation. A qualified installer can help make sure that your system is adequate for your environment and needs.

WP Law has been assisting businesses with their pipe repair and fabrication needs since 1970. Contact us today to help with your pipe repair project.

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