Shower pressure is very much a personal preference. Some people like a gentle stream, while others want it to be at full blast. One thing we can all agree on is that a weak shower due to abnormally low water pressure is a major letdown.
There are many potential explanations for a low-pressure shower, including a partially closed control valve, faulty pressure regulator, a leaky pipe, or a clogged showerhead. You can fix a few of these issues on your own, but some may require a professional plumber.
1. Partially closed control valve
If you’re lucky, your low water pressure has a very simple explanation and solution. Check the main water shut-off valve to your home, which is typically close to the water meter. If you recently had plumbing work done, this valve may still be partially closed, restricting the amount of water coming into your home. We’ve also seen this valve be accidentally bumped by an unknowing homeowner, who then experiences lower water pressure. Make sure the valve is fully open, then recheck the pressure.
2. Faulty pressure regulator device
A pressure regular’s job is to maintain the home’s water pressure within the safe range of 45-60 psi. It’s not uncommon for a pressure regulator to wear out or malfunction, which could throw off your water pressure. Have a plumber inspect the device to see if it needs to be repaired or replaced.
3. Leaking pipe
Plumbing can be a complex network of pipes, mostly concealed behind walls, above ceilings, below floors, or hidden in unfinished areas. If you have a leaking pipe, you might not be able to see it right away, but you may notice its effects or warning signs. As you can probably imagine, if there’s a leak in a pipe, there will be less water coming out of your showerhead. A leak can also lead to flooding and costly water damage, so if you suspect this is an issue, call a plumber right away.
4. Clogged showerhead
Over time, mineral deposits can form in the tiny jet holes of the showerhead. This disrupts the water flow and pressure of your shower. An easy solution is to remove the showerhead and soak it in a plastic bag filled with vinegar overnight. You can also use an old toothbrush to scrub the showerhead to remove any gunk stuck on it. Finally, if the fixture is really old, you may be better off replacing the showerhead, which is a relatively cheap and easy job.
Call a plumber to solve your low-pressure shower
There’s no reason to settle for less-than-perfect shower pressure. If you can’t get to the root problem yourself, it’s time to bring in the experienced team from Rick’s Plumbing. Schedule an appointment today at (203) 874-6629.