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Main Reasons for Unsatisfactory Low Water Pressure

One of the most annoying issues you can have with your plumbing or hot water system is random moments of low water pressure. This is especially true considering these low-pressure moments are often accompanied by random moments of cold water as well.

What’s worse is that these issues could stem from a number of different sources. However, the good news is that they’re fairly easy to troubleshoot and shouldn’t cost much more than your time.

If you’ve been experiencing low water pressure in the middle of a shower or when you’re doing your dishes, you can use the following to help diagnose the issues.

Multiple Issues

When you lose water pressure, normally, the problem has something to do with your hot water heating system. This is why when you experience this problem, a temporary loss in hot water accompanies it.

Normally, these changes only take place for a few seconds at a time. However, if left unattended, these small issues could turn into bigger problems down the road.

The following list provides some of the most common reasons for unsatisfactory water pressure.

1.     Sediment Buildup

It’s possible you have sediment buildup in your hot water tank. Over time, calcium and other minerals in your water supply cause sediment to build up inside your hot water tank.

Eventually, the buildup becomes significant enough to affect the water pressure. This is normally remedied by performing a simple flush on the hot water tank.

2.     Leak Somewhere

It’s possible you have a leak somewhere in your plumbing or hot water system. Check every area possible before ruling out this option.

Look around the hot water heater itself, around all connections and fittings, and all nozzles and faucets. If this doesn’t produce any results, look around any outside water sources.

3.     Faulty Water Pump/Heater

Your hot water heater or pump could be going out. Have you had any additions to your household lately that would cause the heater to work harder? Is our house over 20 years old and hasn’t had the heater changed before?

If any of these questions resulted in a yes, it could be time for a new water heater. All of these options could cause your water heater to overwork, which would lead to lower water pressure.

Perhaps the easiest way to gauge low water pressure, is to call the team at Elk Grove Sewer and Plumbing. We can come out and see what your issue is, and give you the best recommendation for you and your budget


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