Pressure in the shower is very much a matter of preference. Some people prefer a gentle stream, while others prefer it at full blast. There is no denying that a weak shower due to abnormally low water pressure is an extremely disappointing experience.
If your shower has low pressure, it may be due to a partially closed control valve, faulty pressure regulator, leaky pipe, or clogged showerhead. You may be able to resolve certain of these problems on your own, but others may require a professional plumber.
1. A partial closure of the control valve
The cause and solution of low water pressure usually go hand-in-hand. Check the main water shut-off valve, typically located near the water meter. You may still have a partially closed valve if you recently had plumbing work done, resulting in less water flowing into your home. It has also been known for the valve to be accidentally bumped by an unknowing homeowner, who then experiences a drop in water pressure. Make sure that the valve is fully open, then check your water pressure.
2. Pressure regulator malfunction
Water pressure should be kept between 45-60 psi throughout the home by pressure regulars. Occasionally a pressure regulator wears out or malfunctions, which could cause your water pressure to drop. Check with a plumber to see if the device needs to be replaced or repaired.
3. A leaky pipe
Pipes are located mostly behind walls, above ceilings, below floors, or in unfinished areas, making plumbing a complicated system. The effects of leaking pipes might not be visible at first, but you’ll probably notice warning signs and effects. It’s probably obvious that a leak in a pipe will lead to less water coming out of the showerhead, as well as flooding and costly water damage, so you should contact a plumber right away if you suspect this is an issue.
4. Showerhead clogged
It is possible that mineral deposits are deposited in tiny jet holes in your showerhead over time. A simple solution to this is to soak your showerhead in a plastic bag filled with vinegar overnight. This will improve the water pressure and flow of the shower. Finally, if your showerhead is extremely old, you might want to replace it, which is an inexpensive and easy job. You can use an old toothbrush to scrub it if it has a gun stuck to it.
Get in touch with a plumber if your shower has low pressure.
The shower pressure should be perfect. There’s no need to settle for less. Allen Plumbers can provide you with expert plumbing solutions when you aren’t able to solve the issue on your own. Call (737) 206-5665 to schedule an appointment.