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Easy to Solve Common Water Pressure Problems

Easy to Solve Common Water Pressure ProblemsDealing with poor water pressure is an inconvenience, but many homeowners simply live with the annoyance because they don’t realize there are some relatively simple fixes that might restore an ample flow. Here’s how to solve some common water pressure problems that occur in Portland homes.

Individual Plumbing Fixtures With Low Pressure

If water pressure has decreased at just one faucet or showerhead, you may be able to correct the underlying cause yourself if it’s clogged with sediment or scale deposits. To attempt a faucet fix, unscrew the aerator and rinse the screen thoroughly to clear out any tiny sediment particles. If the problem is a scale buildup, mix a 50/50 water/vinegar solution and soak the aerator for 20 minutes or longer until the minerals dissolve. With a showerhead, remove the nozzle end and follow the same steps. If the problem persists, it’s time to replace the aerator or showerhead.

Poor Hot Water Pressure

If you notice a lack of pressure on the hot water supply at all of your plumbing fixtures, the likely issue is a significant sediment buildup in your water heater tank. If you haven’t had the tank flushed in a while, a serious accumulation can clog up the water lines and block the tank’s drain and pressure relief valves. To avoid any potential safety hazards, it’s wise to get the appliance inspected, drained and flushed by a professional plumber.

Low Pressure Throughout Your Home

If your entire plumbing system suffers from insufficient cold water pressure, make certain that the home’s main water valve is open all the way. If the valve is fully open, it’s best to have a licensed plumber assess your system. A pro may discover that pressure is low in your neighborhood, and suggest installing a pressure booster. There may be a leak that requires repair in your home’s main supply line. A malfunctioning reducing valve on the system is another possibility, or aging galvanized plumbing pipes that are corroded and due for replacement.

For expert help solving water pressure problems in your Metro Portland home, contact us today at Roth Heating & Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Common Issues Water Heaters Present to Portland Area Homeowners

Common Issues Water Heaters Present to Portland Area HomeownersYou may not even notice the hard-working water heater humming along in your basement or utility closet until troublesome issues arise. Identifying water heater problems quickly and calling in a plumbing professional to make needed repairs is the best way to avoid any headaches or inconvenience. Here’s how to diagnose the most common water heater issues.

No Hot Water

If you suddenly have no hot water, check whether the heater’s pilot light has gone out. If you’re comfortable doing so, you can attempt to re-light it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you have an electric model, the element may have failed. A pro can pinpoint the exact cause and get it fixed quickly.

Loud Popping Sounds

Unusual noises from inside a water heater tank are typically caused by scale and sediment buildup in the heat exchanger or on the electric elements. It’s wise to have the water heater drained to remove accumulated sediment as soon as possible. If it’s not addressed, scale buildup can eventually ruin the tank.

Drop in Water Temperature

A noticeable drop in water temperature can signal trouble with the thermostat, a deteriorated dip tube or sediment buildup. Increasing the heater’s thermostat setting may work as a short-term fix. For a long-term solution, have the unit examined by an experienced technician.

Water Leakage

If water is seeping out the tank, it’s vital to find the source. Check around the pressure relief valve, drain valve, electric elements and gas control valve. A leaky pipe on top of the tank or a corroded welded seam are other possible culprits. Once you have the source identified, a pro can repair the issue or advise whether replacing the heater is necessary to prevent a plumbing emergency.

Low Hot Water Pressure

Several water heater issues can cause low hot water pressure, including a malfunctioning shut off valve or sediment clogging the tank, water lines or dip tube. A licensed plumber can determine the cause and get the issue resolved.

For expert help solving water heater problems in your Portland home, contact the pros at Roth Heating & Cooling.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Check Your Pipes: A Guide for Preventative Plumbing Maintenance

Check Your Pipes: A Guide for Preventative Plumbing MaintenanceGetting into a habit of performing preventative plumbing maintenance in and around your Portland-area home can save you money by avoiding costly plumbing repair jobs. Preventative plumbing maintenance breaks down into a few simple tasks: inspecting plumbing, tinkering, and poking around (though you may use more sophisticated descriptions when bragging to friends and family).  Continue reading