Showers at night attribute to a good night’s sleep. With the gush of warm water coursing your whole body as you indulge in your soap’s fruity scent, it’s almost like you’re in a mini spa being pampered and massaged to your heart’s content. That’s why it’s been a habit for some people to take a shower before they go to sleep.
What do you do if your shower’s water pressure decreases? The mini spa experience will certainly decrease as the stream of water that once gently massages every inch of your body is now diminished to a trickle. Don’t let low water pressure get in the way of your relaxation. Follow the tips below to increase your shower water pressure:
- Check for leaks. A leak in your pipeline will decrease your shower water pressure. Instead of directing all of the water to your shower and faucet, some of the water goes out to a hole in your pipeline. Because of this hole, the pressure in your pipeline is decreased and water is wasted at the same time. To inspect for leaks, check your water meter and then turn off all of your water taps. After a couple of hours, check your water meter again. If your water meter has increased, you have a leak in your pipeline.
- Ensure that water valves are turned on. There are two water valves that affect the shower water pressure at your home: the home valve and the customer valve. The home valve is located in front of your house close to the exterior water hose faucet, while the customer valve is situated in the water meter box. These valves are quite sensitive that they decrease the water pressure of your shower even if they are only placed slightly off from their “on” switches. Because of this if you’re experiencing a decrease in shower water pressure, check if your home and customer valves are turned on.
- Check for mineral deposits. Mineral deposits can build up over time in faucets, plumbing fixtures and water lines, preventing water to flow freely. One common mineral that clogs your water source is lime. You can try removing lime from your shower head by soaking it in a pot containing water and vinegar. Make sure that the shower head is completely submerged in water. Heat the pot in a stove and soon you’ll see little white particles floating around the water. These little white particles are the lime deposits in your shower head. Remove the shower head from the pot when you see that there are no new particles appearing and run it under tap water to cool. If the problem is still not solved, have a plumber check your house for mineral deposits.
Sometimes a decrease in the shower water pressure is caused by using the shower during water operation peak hours. Since several people are using water at the same time, water pressure becomes low as it is being distributed to several homes. Try to take your shower an hour earlier or an hour later and see if that solves the problem.