Find Out Why the Water Pressure in the Shower Is So Low
Some people like the water pressure in their shower to be strong. Maybe it feels like a massage to them, turning a shower into a relaxing activity on top of a cleansing one. Other people may like their pressure a little weaker. Most showerheads can accommodate both types of people. But what happens when the pressure suddenly dies? Those who like higher water pressure have to deal with low pressure, and those who like low pressure have to deal with a pitiful trickle. This is never any fun, and it can make showering a frustrating experience.
Luckily, there are a few ways homeowners can troubleshoot the low water pressure in their shower. Read on to find out what they are!
Understanding Bathroom Plumbing
When figuring out what causes the poor shower pressure, plumbing basics are a big help. It's key to understand that the plumbing in the bathroom is all connected. Anyone who has ever been showering when the toilet is flushed knows that these fixtures are connected. The sudden change of temperature or shower pressure is thanks to the toilet detouring some of that cold water to fill the toilet.
Well, the fact that the plumbing is all connected can cause other problems. If there's a clog in a pipe, say from sediment buildup, it can cause low water pressure in the shower. This also usually causes low water pressure in the other bathroom fixtures, while the water pressure in the rest of the house seems fine.
A leak can also cause low water pressure in the shower. Since most of the home's plumbing is located behind the walls, it can be a while before the leak is identified. Unfortunately, the leak usually causes significant damage in the interim.
If homeowners experience low water pressure in the shower or at other facets throughout the home, it's a good idea to inspect walls and floors for water damage. Locating and fixing even the smallest hidden water leak can prevent serious water damage to the home.
Issues With the Showerhead
Low water pressure in the shower can also be the showerhead's fault, especially in areas with hard water. Since hard water has a high proportion of minerals in the water, it's not uncommon for the little holes of the showerhead to become clogged with sediment over time. This tends to happen all over the home, not just in the shower's plumbing. Many homeowners invest in water softeners to prevent serious damage to the home's plumbing down the line.
The quick fix for sediment in the showerhead is to soak the showerhead in vinegar overnight. The vinegar will work to break apart the sediment in the holes. Then, once it has been working for 8 to 12 hours, a small implement can be employed to clear the rest of the sediment out!
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