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4 Reasons Your Shower Has Low Hot Water Pressure

21 November

After a long day at work or an intense session at the gym, there’s almost nothing better than a long, steaming hot shower. And if there’s merely a trickle of hot water coming from your showerhead, there’s almost nothing worse. So if you’ve got low hot water pressure at your home, it’s time to get to the bottom of it fast!

Although having low pressure in your shower may be irritating, the cause of low water pressure may be even worse. If not dealt with quickly, it could lead to further damage and more costly repairs. We have created this guide to highlight the four most common reasons for low water pressure in your shower and how to manage it:

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Why Is My Hot Water Pressure Low?

1. Clogged Pipes Or Fixtures

More often than not, no water pressure in the shower, bathrooms and other parts of the house are caused by your pipes or drains being blocked.

You may also have a broken or leaking pipe. If this is the case, you may notice a damp smell, an increase in your water bill or water on your carpets or walls.

More likely is that rust, calcium, debris, and sediment is just disturbing the flow of water. The problem could be simply in the showerhead or tap itself, especially if you’ve noticed that one outlet has good pressure while another is low.

You can also try cleaning your shower head to remove the build-up of minerals and calcium.

2. Hot Water System Sediment

Another common issue relating to low water pressure is sediment in your water heating system. The sediment build-up in the tank can stop or halt the ability of the water heater, meaning you may be getting little to no water pressure or hot water.

If this is the case, you can organise for your local plumber to clean and service your hot water system.

3. Hot Water System Problems

If you know your area well and know for sure that water pressure isn’t a factor, it could be that your hot water system needs repair or replacement. An easy way to know the hot water system is the issue is to compare the hot water flow with the cold water supply.

If the hot water pressure is a lot lower than the cold, and it is occurring throughout the whole house, you could have a plumbing system problem.

4. Hot Water System Filter

Some hot water systems have handy filters that are located on both the input and outputs. If they do their filtering job correctly, they will eventually need to be cleaned. They could become so dirty that they are clogged. If you are not sure, always call your plumber for assistance.

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What To Do About Low Hot Water Pressure:

1. Isolate

Low hot water pressure in the shower, but plenty everywhere else? Is the problem in one room, one fixture, or the whole house? Successfully isolating the problem is the first step.

2. Check Leaks

Does anything smell or look damp? This includes walls, floors, under sinks and cupboards. Also, have a look at your ceiling and under your house, if possible. If you think you’ve found a leak or suspect one, call a plumber immediately to prevent further damage.

3. Check calcification

If you’ve narrowed down the leak to a particular fixture or room, check for calcification inside the fixture or pipe.

4. Check the hot water system

If the problem is throughout the whole house, it could be the hot water system. Check it over to see if there are leaks or damage, and test the valves.

5. Call the pros

If all else fails, don’t forget that you can always call your local plumber – especially as most hot water plumbing can actually be illegal or dangerous to DIY.

The Gold Coast Plumbing Company is just as committed to fixing your annoying low hot water pressure problem as you are, and services all areas from Helensvale to Southport, Upper Coomera to Varsity Lakes and everywhere in between. Low hot water pressure in shower, bathroom or the whole house? Don’t put up with it, give us a call today!