January 01

Can a Bad Water Heater Cause Pressure Loss?

It’s a frightening scene: you turn the tap of the faucet and get nothing more than a trickle of water. Sometimes you are luckier, blessed with a slow flow of water after turning the tap all the way to its limit. If you are reading this article, then you probably want more than the better of two bad scenarios. We have some good news for you. There is a lot you can tinker with to get a satisfying flow of well-pressurized water. We will even consider the effects of a bad water heater on your water pressure. If your plumbing system is in bad shape and you are concerned, then call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Tampa to schedule an on-site consultation today. We also have you covered with emergency plumbing repair in Tampa and surrounding areas.

What’s the Problem?

Before we can fix a problem, we need to understand the problem itself – and this involves a few questions, including:

  • Does the water flow adjust when you turn the faucet tap?
  • Are other plumbing fixtures experiencing the same issue?
  • Is there a difference between the hot-water and cold-water lines?

Here’s some quick troubleshooting advice. Turn on a few faucets in different water lines and pay attention to the water flow. If only one of the faucets is experiencing low water flow, then there might be a blockage in that line. If the water flow of all lines have decreased, then your water pressure is not high enough.

If playing with the knobs does not affect the water flow, and water flow is low on all lines all the time, then there might be a central blockage.

What if the cold-water valve works fine but the hot-water valve has poor water flow? Then there might be something wrong with your water heater.

How the Water Heater Affects Water Pressure

Many people get into the shower hoping to be able to adjust the temperature as well as the pressure of the water. Cold water comes through the supply line relatively untouched. Hot water, meanwhile, runs through the hot water heater before pouring out of the showerhead. Simple enough, right?

Unfortunately, there is a lot that can get in the way. First, your water heater might not be the right size for household demands. You might get hot water, but not enough of it. There is also the possibility of blockages in the inlet pipes and the outlet pipes, or in the water heater tank itself! Sediment buildup, rust, and other debris from contaminated water and damaged piping can slow the flow.

How to Enjoy Consistent Water

Everything starts with the installation. Make sure to leave plumbing work to experienced and trained professionals. Lining up pipes is precise work, and small mistakes can cost a lot in the long term.

Next, be mindful of your plumbing system and perform routine maintenance. Rinse drains with hot water, check for leaks, flush the water heater tank once or twice a year, and so forth. Want to have a dedicated plumber take care of the maintenance? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to schedule an appointment. We are also your source for plumbing and water heater repair in Tampa and surrounding areas.

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