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How to Increase Your Shower Water Pressure
How to Increase Your Shower Water Pressure
Jan 27,2024

How to Increase Your Shower Water Pressure

Nothing is more frustrating than looking forward to a shower all day, only for your showerhead to let out a dribble of water. Low water pressure is a common plumbing problem that starts slowly and then wholly surprises you one day. In addition, waiting for an increase in pressure wastes water, so it is essential to address the issue quickly. Fortunately, there’s a way to fix it without professional intervention, but if you prefer a more hands-off approach, call Rooter Man Plumbing to fix it.

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Clean Your Showerhead

The most common culprit in low water pressure is a clogged showerhead. Mineral deposits and sediment accumulate inside the showerhead, obstructing the flow of water. Unscrew the showerhead from the pipe and submerge it in a bowl filled with equal parts white vinegar and water. Let it soak for about 30 minutes before scrubbing it with an old toothbrush or a small brush to remove the remaining deposits. Rinse the showerhead thoroughly, reattach it to the pipe, and check if your water pressure has improved.

Check the Valves

Sometimes, the problem might be something other than your showerhead, such as the water supply valves. Ensure the hot and cold water valves are fully open, as partially closed valves reduce the water pressure in your shower. Turn the valves counterclockwise to open them fully, and see if this resolves the problem. If the problem persists, consult a plumbing service for a more in-depth inspection. 

Test the Water Pressure Regulator

Most houses have a water pressure regulator to ensure the water pressure is safe for the plumbing system. However, these regulators can malfunction, causing low water pressure. Pinpoint the regulator’s location, which is usually near the main water supply, and adjust it if needed. Avoid high water pressure to prevent plumbing damage and costly repairs. Plumbing service professionals recommended maintaining water pressure around 40-60 psi for most residential systems.

Turn Off Appliances

Another reason for low water pressure is using multiple water-consuming appliances in your home simultaneously, such as washing machines or dishwashers. When these appliances are running, they can compete for water supply, reducing the pressure in your shower. Try showering when these appliances are not in use to see if they make a difference in your water pressure. If you turn off other fixtures and still experience low water pressure, call a reputable plumbing repair service to diagnose and address the problem. 

Remove the Flow Restrictor

Some showerheads come with a flow restrictor that limits water flow to conserve water. While this is great for water conservation, it lowers water pressure. You can find the flow restrictor inside the showerhead. Remove the showerhead, look for a plastic or rubber piece with small holes, and gently pry it out with a screwdriver. Be careful not to damage the showerhead before reattaching it. If your water pressure hasn’t improved, we can dispatch a licensed plumber to your home for professional help.

Replace the Showerhead

If cleaning and removing the flow restrictor does not resolve the low water pressure issue, consider replacing the showerhead altogether. Choose a high-pressure showerhead designed to provide a powerful flow. Installation is usually straightforward and can be done with essential tools. However, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for a proper installation.

Call a Professional

If you’ve tried all the above steps and your water pressure is still inadequate, it may be time to call a professional plumbing repair service. There could be underlying issues with your plumbing system that require expert assessment and repair. A plumber can identify and fix any problems that cause low water pressure, ensuring that your showers are as refreshing as they should be.

Low water pressure in your shower is a frustrating problem, but it can be resolved with no professional help. However, if the problem persists despite your efforts, contact us at Rooter Man Plumbing to ensure your plumbing system is in tip-top shape and restore your water pressure.

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