Lesson: How to Improve Water Pressure Caused by a Water Heater in Your House – 4 Ways to Use

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How to Improve Water Pressure Caused by a Water Heater in Your House – 4 Ways to Use

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Having water pressure problems at home can be very annoying. All your daily activities such as taking a shower or washing dishes will only add another headache on your list. Many factors can be blamed for the low pressure of water at home. However, the bad condition of a water heater is one of the most common causes. Consider using the following simple tips on how to improve water pressureat your home.

#1. Open Wide the Valve

It sounds ridiculous but yes, some cases of low water pressure at home are because the plumber forgets to open the valve after installing the water heater. Once the valve is not open properly, this will limit the flow of the water. So, make sure that you check the valve first when the water doesn’t flow properly. Opening the shut-off valve can be one of the most common ways to fix low water pressure problems. The main water valve itself usually can be found near the meter. You need to find the valve to check if it is completely open. You also need to know that sometimes the valve is turned off accidentally during routine maintenance. If this is the problem why the water pressure in your house is low, then you do not need to call a plumber. It is an easy problem to fix since you can open the valve by yourself.

#2. The Forming of Sediment

Sediment build up in the water heater is another common reason that causes the restricted flow of water in your house. It is mainly because calcium and other minerals contained in the water can build up slowly, both in the pipe leading in the tank and in the tank itself. This will influence how much water can flow through the pipe. Not only that but the build-up of the sediment will also restrict the amount of water that can flow to all areas in your house. The build-up of the minerals can even decrease the diameters of the pipes significantly until they become entirely blocked. This sediment build-up will even occur faster in hard water areas. Most of the time, the issue develops slowly. In this way, the forming of the sediment is difficult to notice until serious low water pressure problems occur. Aside from the amount of water flow,the build-up of sediment also often degrades the efficiency of your house heater water. You can remove the sediment to overcome the problem. For an extreme case, you might need to replace your pipes with the new ones to overcome the problem. Meanwhile, flushing your heater water regularly will help you avoid the build-up of the sediment in the future.

#3. Pipe Issues 

Speaking about the best way how to improve water pressure in your house, you also need to consider pipe problems. This is one of the most common problems of low water pressure caused by a bad water heater. You need to keep in mind that many turns and twists involve a heater water installation that influences water pressure at your home. The problem will likely occur whenever the design of your basement doesn’t support the installation of the water heater tank. Most of the time, this will lead your plumber to install the tank in an unusual place and then the plumbing that leads to it is set up. It is a complex problem that you have to consider well. However, a professional and skillful plumber will know what to do and fix the basement layout problem. In this way, the pipe issues that cause low water pressure in your house can be resolved.

#4. Check the Regulator

Before hiring a professional plumber to help you with your domestic low water pressure problems, you can check the regulator first. This is the tool that is responsible to make sure that the water doesn’t flow through the pipes fast. Being located mainly at the meter, a regulator can lead the water pressure to drop significantly when it goes bad, resulting in the loss of velocity. This can affect some, even the entire fixtures installed in your house. You can simply reset the regulator to solve the problem. But, consider replacing the tool if it is heavily damaged. 

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