There aren’t many better ways to start your day – or end your day – than stepping into a hot shower to get cleaned up and relax for a moment. Unfortunately, if you notice when you’re in the shower that the hot water pressure is low, your shower experience will be a little lackluster. Let’s tackle that problem in this article so you can solve this issue as soon as possible.
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Reasons the Shower Hot Water Pressure is Low
The first step toward getting better water pressure in your shower is to consider the possible causes and determine which of those is to blame. Some of the common reasons for lackluster flow in the shower include –
- An old showerhead. This cause is more common than you might think, and it’s perhaps the best place to start when trying to solve the problem. If you have used your showerhead for many years and notice the flow is lacking recently, it’s likely that buildup in the head is holding back the water from spraying out at full speed. Deposits from minerals in the water can clog the small nozzles that let water enter the shower, and your experience will be diminished as a result. If you suspect this problem is to blame, look into carefully cleaning your old showerhead or purchasing and installing a new one.
- Water heater problems. If there is an issue with your water heater, preventing it from supplying your shower with a good supply of water, you will notice a slow flow. Since you don’t use as much water when doing something like washing your hands in the sink, you might not notice this issue anywhere besides the shower. Of course, diagnosing and repairing a water heater problem is not a DIY job, so call in the professionals if you think this might be the cause.
- Leaky pipes. One of the most worrisome issues that could lead to poor water pressure in your shower is a leak. If you have a leak in one of your pipes, water will escape and that loss of water will cut down on the pressure that exists at the showerhead level. In this case, the low water pressure will be a relatively minor issue in comparison, as you’ll need to first repair the bad pipes and check for damage to your home that could have resulted from the water leak.
- Poor pressure from the main. This is not as common of an issue as the ones we’ve listed above, but it’s possible that you simply aren’t getting enough flow from the water main to deliver good pressure at the showerhead. If the other items on this list are not the problem, it might be worth having someone qualified look at the main and the valves that let water flow to your house. If this is the issue, the water pressure problem will exist throughout the home, and not just in the shower.
With any problem you are trying to fix around the house, it makes sense to start with the simplest solutions and work your way up from there. In this case, that means starting by looking at the showerhead to see if improvements can be made there. Buying a new showerhead is a relatively affordable purchase and might be all you need to do.
If your water pressure in the shower is low, it’s time to address it. Sure, you might be able to get yourself clean, but your shower certainly won’t be as enjoyable as it should be. Reach out to the team at Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric today to learn more about what we can offer, our plumbing services and find a time that works for you. Our team is excited to serve you!