It can be beyond frustrating to step into the shower after a long day and to be rewarded with only a trickle of water. The cause of low water pressure, especially when it's affecting only one fixture, is usually a repairable complaint. This guide can help you find the cause so you can repair it yourself or schedule a repair.
Problem #1: Clogs and Mineral Deposits
This is most common in areas with hard water, although it can happen almost anywhere. If the low pressure issue is only through the shower head and not the main faucet, you can remove it and clean the head thoroughly with a lime removal product. This can clear the holes in the head so the water flows through more forcefully.
If the problem goes beyond the shower head and is in the water lines, you will need to hire a plumber to clean the clogs from the lines or to replace the pipes.
Problem #2: Leaks
A slow leak can sometime go unnoticed for quite some time, but it can greatly affect the water pressure. The reason shower leaks are harder to recognize is because the pipes are so often installed behind barriers, such as tile or plastic surrounds. If you suspect a leak, check the wall behind the shower, if possible, and make sure it isn't showing signs of water damage or mildew growth. You can also press gently on tiles beneath the shower head to make sure there is no give. Finally, turn off all the water taps in the house and check your meter. If it is still registering water flow, you have a leak. If you suspect a leak, a quick call to the plumber is necessary before more damage occurs.
Problem #3: Regulator Problems
The water pressure regulator for your home is usually located near an outdoor hose connector or near the water main. You can also sometimes find it in basement bathrooms or laundry rooms. Usually water pressure is affected to the entire house when a regulator starts to go bad, but occasionally only the faucets furthest from the regulator are affected. In this case, it could be a shower suffering the most. A plumber can replace the regulator after verifying that it is the issue.
Problem #4: Valve Issues
This problem is the easiest to fix and is akin to checking to see if something is plugged in. The water shutoff valves are often located under the sink or behind the toilet. It will affect water pressure in the bathroom if one is accidentally turned, even if it isn't shut off completely. Make sure your valves are completely turned to the on position before calling a plumber.
For more information, contact Eddie B Plumbing or a similar company.Share