For most of us, hot water pressure is a necessity for those early morning showers. Low water pressure leaves our hair a tangled mess after an uncomfortable shower, so it’s imperative that you resolve the problem sooner rather than later to get back to full comfort.
There are many possible symptoms of low hot water pressure, but if you’re dealing with this problem at home there are some solutions that can save you time, effort, and money.
Scale and Sediment Accumulation
Your home hot water system works hard to provide you on-demand hot water when you need it most, so naturally it’s the first place to look for potential problems.
New hot water systems (or relatively new) can accumulate scale and sediment over time, so a thorough flush and clean will often restore appropriate levels of pressure. For older systems, however, it’s often best to have the hot water system completely replaced.
Hot water system replacement can be quite dangerous, which is why it’s best to leave this task to licensed and qualified plumbers to avoid causing further damage and to keep yourself and your family safe.
A quick and easy DIY fix for a common symptom of low hot water pressure is to simply inspect the shutoff valve located on the hot water system and to ensure that it’s completely open. If it’s partially closed, it is very likely going to reduce water pressure. Easy fix, no hassle.
If the shutoff valve isn’t able to remain fully opened or if it isn’t producing higher pressure whilst opened, you may need to have it replaced. Consult your local plumber to inspect the root cause of the problem.
Persistent Low Hot Water Pressure
If you’ve been dealing with low pressure for quite a while, it could simply be a problem in your neighbourhood or municipal water supply. If you haven’t got one already, ask your local plumber to install a water pressure regulator. These devices can increase your supply of high-pressure hot water quickly and efficiently.
Incorrect Water Supply Line Sizes
When you installed your hot water system, was the job performed by a qualified plumber who (hopefully) inspected the connected water supply lines? Sometimes, the water supply lines will need to be repiped, thus increasing the size of the pipe whilst reducing friction.
In many cases where water supply lines need to be repiped, the resultant increase in pressure can be noticeably strong, so be aware of this before cranking your shower to maximum after the job’s been completed.
Wrong Type of Pressure Regulator
Assuming you’ve followed the third step and had a pressure regulator installed, it’s worth the time to inspect the regulator’s settings. If the pressure regulator setting is configured properly yet water pressure remains low, the regulator itself may be worn out or faulty. Have it replaced for a cost-effective solution.
If the pressure regulator setting is not configured for normal pressure levels (i.e. too low), simply adjust the setting and inspect via your faucets or showerhead. In most cases, this is all that’s needed for a quick and effective fix.
No matter whether you require a quick fix or a complete water system replacement, get in touch with the friendly plumbers at Endeavour Plumbing today for professional solutions that will make morning showers great again.