How to Increase Water Pressure in the Shower
Mar 21, 2020
A quick, cold shower can have you ready to take on the day and a hot, relaxing shower can help you unwind after a long day, but one thing is for certain: showers are no fun when the water is a limp trickle. If you are wondering how to return your water pressure to its blasting jet setting, then continue reading this article brought to you by the professionals at Neighborhood Plumbing.
First Thing’s First: Why Is the Pressure Low?
Let’s first get an overall understanding of why water pressure might decrease in the first place. There are three most common reasons why you might experience this inconvenience:
- High Demand: If water is being demanded by different fixtures and appliances around the house, then you can be sure that supply will be spread thin. When your laundry machine, dishwasher, and shower are on at the same time, you may experience low water pressure.
- Blockages & Leaks: Similarly, blockages and leaks affect your water supply, giving you low water pressure. Making sure your plumbing system is in good shape can do more than provide you with great showers. Be sure to call your neighborly plumbers at Neighborhood Plumbing to have your pipes inspected.
- Faulty Pump: This one is unlikely, but if your water source is a well, then a broken or faulty pump may be the source of your troubles.
Some Tips for Increasing Water Pressure
So, now that we know some common reasons for this inconvenience, we can figure out how to get to the bottom of it:
- Inspect Your Shower Head: Before we get to the more convoluted solutions, let’s start from the top. Shower heads can become blocked with debris, limescale, and other deposits over time. Unscrew your shower head and clean the sediments from inside. Also consider filling a bowl with vinegar and soak the shower head inside to get rid of that mineral buildup.
- Appliances: If you just threw your clothes in the laundry, turned on the sprinklers, and also started the dishwasher, then your best bet is to wait until those chores are over before heading into the shower. Too much water demand will spread your supply thin.
- Check the Valve: If you have just moved into your property or had a plumber come by, then a shut-off valve may be the place to check. Sometime previous owners and plumbers shut the valve off and forget to open it. Go ahead and fully open it if it is shut off.
- Check for Leaks: You should have your eyes peeled for leaks in any case. Leaks will limit the amount of water that reaches your home and can also threaten your plumbing system. Be sure to call a plumber if you find a leak.
Get Help from The Professionals
If your problem is still not resolved, then give Neighborhood Plumbing a call. Our certified professionals are ready 24/7 for your call. We are happy to help.