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Understanding Water Levels & How They Work in Plumbing

Certified Plumbing of Brevard - November 23, 2022 - 0 comments

Have you ever wondered how your home’s plumbing system keeps water levels consistent throughout the house? If so, you’re not alone—it’s a common question! The answer lies in two simple concepts: gravity and pressure. Keep reading to learn more and begin understanding water levels in your home.

At Certified Plumbing of Brevard, our leak specialists and plumbers have a wealth of knowledge and experience to detect issues with the water levels in your home. When you make an appointment with us, you can rest assured knowing your home’s plumbing is in good hands. With decades of experience in the business, we’ve seen it all. After all, regular maintenance is cheaper than repair. Give us a call today or visit our website to see what our leak specialists and plumbers can do for you.

Water Level Basics

The water level in your home plumbing system is determined by a few factors, including the type of system you have, the location of your home, and the weather. In a freshwater system, household water is supplied by a municipal water source, such as a lake, river, or reservoir. This type of system is common in areas where the natural landscape makes it difficult to drill for groundwater. 

Saltwater systems, on the other hand, get their household water from underground wells. This type of system is more common in coastal areas where groundwater is readily available. One of the benefits of saltwater systems is that they’re not as susceptible to drought conditions as freshwater systems since they don’t rely on surface water sources. 

Maintaining Water Levels

In both types of systems, it’s important to maintain proper water levels in order to ensure that your home has enough water pressure to run appliances and fixtures properly. The water level also plays a role in sewage disposal; if the level gets too low, sewage can back up into your home through drains and toilets. 

There are a few different ways that you can check the water level in your system. If you have a well-type system with an above-ground tank, there will be a gauge on the tank that you can use to check the current level. For subterranean tanks, you’ll need to contact a professional to come out and check the level for you. 

Troubleshooting Common Issues

If you’re having trouble with your home’s plumbing or noticing a sudden drop in water pressure, it could be due to a problem with your water level. Some common issues that can cause problems to include:

 • A broken pressure switch: If this switch isn’t working properly, it can cause the pump to turn on and off erratically, which can lead to fluctuating water pressure.

 • A faulty pressure tank: A damaged pressure tank can cause similar problems as a broken pressure switch.

 • A clogged well screen: If your good screen becomes clogged with dirt or debris, it can restrict the flow of water into your home and cause low water pressure. 

If you are noticing any of these issues, leave it to the professionals at Certified Plumbing of Brevard to handle the most delicate or severe faucet water level issues in your home. We pride ourselves in our detailed and effective services. That’s why Brevard county has trusted us for over 30 years! When we come to your home, we will do a thorough inspection of your water level systems to hunt for issues. We will then take care of any repairs in a timely manner so that you and your family can go back to enjoying your home!

How Gravity Affects Water Levels

Gravity is one of the most fundamental forces in the universe, and it plays an important role in regulating water levels in your home’s plumbing system. As you probably know, gravity is what makes things fall—but it also affects the way fluids move. In particular, gravity causes fluids (like water) to flow downhill.

In a home’s plumbing system, gravity pulls water downward from the point where it enters the house (usually at a gutter downspout or an underground well) through a series of pipes until it reaches the lowest point in the system—which is typically a floor drain in a basement or crawlspace. Once the water reaches this lowest point, gravity can no longer pull it downward, so it will begin to pool there.

It’s important to note that a home’s plumbing system is not entirely reliant on gravity to move water—in fact, most systems also rely on pressure to keep water flowing through the pipes and to different parts of the house. This leads us to our next concept…

Pressure & How It Works in Home Plumbing Systems

As we just learned, gravity pulls fluids like water downward. But what happens when fluids encounter an uphill slope? In these cases, fluids are pushed upward by another force: pressure. In a home’s plumbing system, this pressure is created by pumps that are placed throughout the system.

One of these pumps is likely located near your home’s water heater. This pump kicks on whenever someone turns on a faucet or flushes a toilet, and its job is to push hot water through the pipes and into your home. This process continues until all of the hot water has been used up and needs to be replenished—at which point, the pump will turn back on and repeat the process.

A similar pump may also be located near your home’s main water line (the large pipe that brings fresh water into your house). This pump helps ensure that there is enough pressure within the main line to push fresh water uphill—allowing it to flow into your home even if it’s located on a hill or at a higher elevation than municipal water lines.

By now, you hopefully have a better understanding of how gravity and pressure work together to regulate fluid levels in your home’s plumbing system. These two concepts may seem simple on their face, but they play a crucial role in keeping your indoor plumbing up and running!

Trust the Experts at Certified Plumbing!

Our expert plumbers are here to give you the quality plumbing service your home or business needs. Our customer service has helped us serve Brevard County for 33 years. We know our community inside out, and we’d be happy to provide the quality plumbing service Brevard County deserves. We would love to help you with repiping and plumbing services. To make things easier for you, we offer traditional and 24/7 service. Whether you need a free quote or emergency repair services, our expert team is here to help.

If you have any questions about our repiping services or quotes, you can give us a call at (321) 676-0812. We would love to help you with all of your plumbing and repiping needs!

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