Life can indeed be filled with annoyances that pop out of nowhere and put a damper on your day. Discovering you have a low water pressure or low hot water pressure qualifies as such. Of course, you hope it is a simple fix so you can go on with your day, but that is not always the case.
The first challenge for the plumber is figuring out the reason for the hot water system problem. Here are eight common causes of low hot water pressure.
1. Blocked Pipes
Over time, sediment and debris can build up in your hot water tank. This will filter into your hot water pipes a little at a time. Eventually, enough of the waste material will collect and begin to diminish water flow. Sometimes you can compare the water pressure of the hot and cold taps to find out if this could Abe your issue. Another indicator that this is the cause of your pressure problem is if the hot water pressure is low everywhere in your home and not just one tap.
2. Broken Pipes
Just as a blocked pipe can diminish your hot water pressure, a broken line can do that and much worse. If you notice signs of a broken pipe (discoloured water, low pressure, water with a foul odour, dripping or clanging noises in the walls, or watermarks and puddles), contact us right away. The damage behind the scenes could be significant, or you might be able to nip the issue in the bud with quick action.
3. Clogged Filters
Many hot water systems have one or more filters to keep sediment at bay. However, the filters are prone to clogging over time and rust, calcium, and other mineral deposits can build up quickly. Fortunately, this problem is easy for your plumber to determine and repair.
4. The Hot Water System
It is easy to take something as fundamental as the hot water system for granted, but these workhorses will eventually wear out. The lifespan of a hot water system differs based on what kind is installed in your home. Typically, you can expect an electric water heater to last between 8 and 12 years. If you have a hot water system powered by gas, it will likely operate for 15 to 20 years. The professionals at Expand Group can repair or replace your hot water system if that is the source of your problem.
5. Tempering Valve Malfunction
The tempering valve is in place to mix your hot water system’s 60 degrees Celsius water with enough cold water to prevent scalding. (It takes around one second of exposure to 60-degree water to cause a third-degree burn.) However, if the tempering valve is not working correctly, you may experience a lack of hot water.
6. Taps or Showerheads
Often, if the water pressure problem is occurring in just one location, like a specific shower. The source of the problem could be the particular tap or showerhead. Worn-out faucets will decrease your water pressure just as old shower heads will. A licensed plumber can tell you straightaway if that is your issue and offer options to restore your hot water pressure.
7. Water Leaks
If you are experiencing a water leak, you should call for our help any time, day or night. The leak could be within the hot water tank or the various pipes running through your home. What appears to be a small leak can be a more significant disaster waiting to happen. Whatever the case, you do not want to ignore leaks, as this course of action will only compound your problems.
8. Poor Installation
If a licensed plumber did not install your plumbing, there is a good chance that any water pressure problems you have are symptoms of a much bigger issue. However, there is no telling how much of the plumbing work on your house is subpar. Often mismatched pipes are the cause of water pressure problems.
How We Can Help
Poor water pressure is seriously aggravating, and it can disrupt your entire household. However, you do not have to just put up with it. The next time you ask yourself, “Why is my water pressure so low?” Save time, effort, and frustration, and reach out to us at Expand Group. Our experienced technicians know how to help if you are only getting trickles from your shower and fixtures. Our team is familiar with all aspects of the business, so you can contact us for help with other gas or water issues. Remember, you can reach us 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for gas or plumbing emergencies.