Four Common Causes of Low Shower Pressure

Four Common Causes of Low Shower Pressure

Decreased water pressure in the shower is annoying and time-wasting. Here are four common causes of low shower pressure and how to identify them.

Showers are only refreshing, efficient, and effective when they put out water at an adequate pressure. Low water pressure in the shower can quickly become annoying and time-wasting, so it's important to address the problem as quickly as possible. Here are four common causes of low shower pressure and how to identify them.

An Old Showerhead

Like many other household fixtures, showerheads can become less effective over years of use. This is especially true of low-flow and water-conserving showerheads, which are designed to have lower water pressure to begin with. If it has been a long time since the showerhead was replaced, buying a new one may help increase the water pressure.

A Clogged Showerhead

Mineral deposits and other particles can build up in a showerhead over time. In cases of heavy buildup, getting stronger water pressure can be as easy as cleaning the clogged showerhead. Simply remove the detachable head, soak it in vinegar overnight, and scrub away any remaining deposits or clogs.

A Faulty Water Control Valve

Some showers have a single valve that turns the water on and off and regulates its intensity. These valves can wear down over time, making them less effective for controlling the water flow to the showerhead. A residential plumbing professional can help to diagnose this problem and can assist in replacing a faulty water control valve.

Overall Plumbing Problems

If low water pressure in the shower is only one of several water issues throughout the house, there may be a larger problem with the plumbing system to address. Corrosion, leaks, breaks, and clogs in the piping system can quickly affect water flow to all the faucets and appliances in the home. A plumbing professional can examine the whole house's plumbing system to figure out what's causing problems in the shower and elsewhere.

At Able Plumbing Repair Service, Inc., we know how distressing plumbing problems can be. That's why we offer residents of the Orange Park area 24-hour emergency assistance in addition to our full range of residential and commercial plumbing services. To learn more about our services or to request emergency help, give us a call at (904) 298-2880.