the following scenario: You enter a
house with a client and notice the water pressure
is exceptionally strong. Noises coming
from the water pipes are so loud that
it sounds like thunder when the tub is
being filled. Should your client be concerned
about purchasing this home?
The noises from the pipes are probably due
to the high water pressure. Yes, this should
be a concern. It can also cause premature leaks
in faucets and other household fixtures.
It can also result in high water
bills: High pressure causes splashing and
dripping that waste a lot of water.
If a water company is involved, the homeowner should
ask the utility to address the problem.
Unfortunately, that is often not the
case. In that case, the homeowner should
see what can be done.
The quickest fix — and usually the solution to
the problem — is to install a pressure- regulating
valve on the main water line.
The valve can be adjusted to limit water
pressure to 50 to 70 pounds per square
inch, which is sufficient for most
bell-shaped metal cap on top of the water
line means a regulating valve is already
in place. It may simply need to be adjusted.
A homeowner who doesn’t have special
skills in these matters should ask a plumber
how to adjust or install pressureregulating valves.
Of course, the client may observe the opposite
problem – low water pressure, with
slow-running faucets throughout the home.
This often occurs because minerals or
other corrosives have partially blocked the
openings. If only a few faucets or showerheads
have low pressure, remove and
clean the aerators (in the faucets) or heads
(in the shower). Improvement will be
best maintained roofs will fail
Many built-up roofs fail when
the asphalt topcoat
wears thin, exposing
the felt beneath. Exposed
felt — which is a
cellulose mix — will absorb
water, causing bubbles in the roof. To prevent
the roof from failing, a property owner should
assure that the topcoat is well-maintained and
Even when it’s time to install a new roof, the
old roof should be inspected to assure that it is
not holding moisture. If a new roof is put
wet materials, moisture will be trapped
new roof, which will cause
the roof to fail more
The best method is to strip all old roofing materials
and lie the new roof directly on the wood
If the deck is wet, sheathing vents should be
installed to allow trapped moisture to escape.