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Low Water Pressure in the Shower and What To Do About It

water pressure in the showerEven if you have decent water pressure at bathroom faucets, it doesn’t always translate to a strong flow at the shower. The water must travel up to reach your showerhead which can cause its strength to vanish. But that’s just part of the story. Why do you have less-than-ideal water pressure in the shower? And what can you do to fix it?

Here are five common reasons you’re experiencing low water pressure and what to do about it.

Low Water Pressure in the Shower: 5 Common Reasons

Outdated Shower Head

Many homes, particularly in New Jersey, have low-flow or water conserving shower fixtures. If it’s an older version, you could be faced with low shower pressure and a frustrating shower. When it’s critical to have a water saving shower head, upgrading to a newer version can increase the availability of water used for a more efficient and satisfying shower.

Mineral Deposits

Over time, shower heads can accumulate mineral deposits from hard water. This blockage decreases the flow and volume of water that runs through your shower head. Remove mineral deposits by simply unscrewing the detachable shower head component and soaking it in vinegar overnight. Scrub away remaining deposits with an old toothbrush. This will greatly improve the water pressure in your shower – and prevent those annoying stray streams that shoot you in the eye!

Water Valve Problems

Low water pressure in the shower may be because of low mains water pressure. If plumbing work has been done recently, it’s possible the valve was not fully opened. If you have eliminated the first two possibilities, it may be time to call in a professional. An experienced plumber can evaluate the situation and discover what’s contributing to your low water pressure.

Clogged or Corroded Plumbing

The most complicated cause of low water pressure in the shower points to a problem with your plumbing system or pipes. Over time, pipes can become clogged or corroded, which constricts the flow of water to outlets in your home, like the shower. While corroded plumbing commonly occurs in old houses, if you suspect any clogs or damage to your pipes, it’s critical to have it investigated as soon as possible.

Water Leaks

If your pipes are damaged, they could be leaking, which will result in low water pressure. Check to see if you have a leak by noting the water meter reading before you leave town, then read it again when you return. You can also do this before you go to bed and when you wake up. Also, if you notice higher than usual water bills or damp spots on the floor or walls, you could have a water leak.

Start Saving Today

According to the EPA, taking showers is one of the leading ways homeowners use water. “Accounting for nearly 17 percent of residential indoor water use, for the average family, that adds up to nearly 40 gallons per day.” The average showerhead uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute (gpm); water saving brands that feature the WaterSense label use no more than 2.0 gpm. Conserve water by simply switching your showerhead to save 2,900 gallons per year.

Brown’s Plumbing Services

At Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, we provide professional plumbing installation services, maintenance and repair for customers throughout Monmouth and Ocean County, New Jersey. If you’re experiencing low water pressure in the shower or suspect a bigger problem is to blame, call our experts at 732-741-0694 today.

We also offer dependable emergency plumbing services for residential and commercial throughout Monmouth and Ocean County, NJ and surrounding areas. We’re here to help any day, night 24/7!

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