How to Increase Water Pressure in Your Shower

How to Increase Water Pressure in Your Shower  

Have you noticed a change in your shower’s water pressure? Is it not as good as it used to be? If you said yes, chances are there is most likely an issue at hand. Say goodbye to the days of enjoyable showers. Learn the causes of low water pressure and ways to increase it with help from the professional team at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. 

Causes of Low Water Pressure  

The water pressure in your shower may be low for a number of reasons. First, there may be a clog in your showerhead. Clogs can occur due to buildup from hard water. Another reason why your pressure may be low is because of a leak in your pipes. Low water pressure may also be the result of an issue with the main shut off valve, water pressure regulator, or water heater. Lastly, poor pressure may be caused by too much water usage. 

Ways to Increase Water Pressure in Your Shower

To resolve the issue of low water pressure, you must identify the source of the problem. Below are some ways to get your shower’s pressure back to the way it previously was. 

Clean Your Showerhead

If your showerhead is clogged, it’s time to get cleaning. You’ll need a plastic bag, rubber band, and white vinegar. Place about a cup of white vinegar into the bag and cover the showerhead. Secure the bag using a rubber band and allow the showerhead to soak overnight. Following this process, you may want to scrub on the showerhead to ensure there is no leftover debris and then rinse it off with water. 

Make Sure Main Shut Off Valve is Open

The main shut off valve controls the plumbing in your home. It is typically located on your home’s exterior or in the basement. If your water pressure is low, there is a possibility that the shut off valve is not open. The valve may not be completely open due to previous plumbing work or issues. 

Remove Sediment From Your Water Heater

Your water heater may have a buildup of sediment, causing low water pressure. To remove the sediment from the heater, it is important to turn the heater off along with the cold water valve. Once the water has cooled, you can drain the heater using a hose that you attach to the drain valve. Turn the drain valve on and begin draining the tank. Once this is complete, you can turn the drain valve off and turn both the cold water valve and heater on. 

Replace the Water Pressure Regulator

Lastly, the culprit of your low water pressure may be the water pressure regulator. A water pressure regulator allows water to reach plumbing fixtures at a safe level. If the regulator is no longer working properly, it can cause the water pressure to be low. The solution to this problem would be to simply replace the water pressure regulator. 

For Quality Shower Repair, Replacement, & Installation, Contact Stephens

When your shower isn’t functioning the way you want it to, you may experience a lot of stress and frustration. But don’t worry! The expert team at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has the skills and experience necessary to help get your water pressure back to normal. We offer quality shower repair, replacement, and installation as well as other bathroom plumbing services. When faced with a plumbing issue, you can count on us to be there when you need us most. To schedule an appointment, you can contact us by phone or fill out the contact form available on our website. We look forward to seeing how we can best serve you!