Low shower-head water pressure can be frustrating. Imagine you’re late for work and your shampoo is taking forever to come out. This circumstance alone can be a recipe for a bad day. Don’t let showering ruin your mood by reading the following tips below to increase your shower-head water pressure:
- Clean your shower-head. If your plumber wasn’t religious in cleaning all the debris left by soldering your water pipes, it can clog your shower-head and cause low water pressure. To solve this problem, detach the small disc inside your shower-head and then clean your shower-head using a toothpick or a brush. Rinse your shower-head well after removing all the debris and inspect it. If the shower-head still looks dirty, put it in a pot and soak it in a mixture of water and vinegar. The mixture should cover the shower-head completely to make sure that all of its nooks and crannies will be cleaned. Heat the pot and wait till you see tiny white particles on the mixture. These particles are lime deposits that have accumulated in your shower head. When you see that there are no more white particles coming out, remove the pot from the heat. Cool your shower head by placing it under tap water before putting it back on your shower.
- Take out the flow restrictor. In an effort to conserve water and save the environment, all shower-heads in the United States come with a flow restrictor. However, as its name implies, flow restrictors, limit the amount of water coming out of your shower-head. If you feel that your shower-head’s flow restrictor take out your bliss in bathing, you may choose to manually remove it. You can still save water by lessening the amount of time you spend showering. To take out the flow restrictor, use a wrench to detach the shower-head from its arm. Place a rag in between the wrench and shower-head when you do this to protect the shower-head’s finishing. Remove the rubber washer inside the shower-head with a small flat head screw driver and fish out the flow restrictor. After you have removed the flow restrictor, put the rubber washer back. Put Teflon tape on the arm before reattaching the shower-head.
- Replace the shower-head. If you’re still experiencing low shower-head water pressure after cleaning your shower-head and removing its flow restrictor, it’s time to shop for a new shower-head. Research online and ask shower-head dealers about shower-heads specifically made for areas with low water pressure like single function and hand-held models. These types of shower-heads have simple designs that allow water to flow more freely than other models.
If your area has low water pressure, check the elevation of your water storage tank. Make sure that it is situated considerably higher than your house. This setup will help increase your shower-head water pressure because the natural pull of gravity will usher water to go down from your tank to your shower.
Aside from this, also inspect your water pipes for leaks. To do this, check your water meter and then turn off all of the faucets in your house. Wait for a couple of hours and check your meter again. See if your meter has increased. If it does, you have a leak in your pipe lines. Call a plumber immediately to repair your pipes.