Are you tired of trying to wash your hair under a dribbling showerhead? Does it take you twice as long to rinse off? Low water pressure in your shower is not only annoying, but it can also be a symptom of more serious plumbing issues. Many people notice low water pressure that gets worse over time, or perhaps you’ve moved into a new home and noticed this right away.
There are many potential causes for low water pressure in a shower, and some are larger concerns than others. Here are the top reasons for weak water pressure and how to fix them:
- Low-flow showerheads or flow restrictors
Many homes and apartment buildings have flow restrictors in place in an effort to conserve water. To achieve better water pressure, you can change your showerhead or remove the restrictor hardware.
- Showerhead clogged with mineral deposits
Showerheads have very small holes that the water travels through, and these often become blocked with mineral deposits. You can soak the showerhead in a water and vinegar mixture and use a cleaning brush to remove the scale buildup.
- Closed water valves
There are several valves that control the water flow in your home, and any of them could be accidentally closed or partially closed. Locate your main water valves and make sure they’re all the way open.
- Too much simultaneous water use
For those who live in apartments, duplexes, and other similar housing, your water pressure can be affected by the water use of everyone around you. Check your water pressure at various times throughout the day and evening and see if there’s a difference in pressure at certain times of day. If there is, try to shower at lower-use times.
- Clogged or leaking pipes
Sometimes a slow leak or clogged pipe is to blame for weak water pressure, and this is best handled by a professional plumber. Fixing a leak or clog can not only restore your water pressure, but it’s a smart thing to do to protect your investment. Contact Powell’s Plumbing today to schedule your service appointment!