Are you experiencing low shower pressure at home? Let’s face it, just a trickle of water isn’t invigorating first thing in the morning. A fully functioning, powerful shower is essential for any modern bathroom. With this simple guide, you can learn about the common causes of low shower pressure and how to overcome them.
Could it be an Underlining Problem with Your Water Pressure?
Put simply, water pressure is the force that pushes water through pipes. It can vary, depending on the location, type and size of your property, the appliances being used and even the time of day. Typical residential water pressure ranges between 40 and 60 PSI. Anything under or over that could signify a problem. If in doubt, always speak to a plumber.
Other common causes, which can be easily fixed, include:
The water valve has been turned down. Locate it and check that it is set to the correct pressure.
Limescale and sediment build-up can cause blockages, which affect shower pressure. Ensure you regularly clean and descale your shower head. You may also benefit from installing a water softener to tackle persistent problems.
Shower heads are used regularly, so wear and tear may also affect the flow. It could be time for a replacement and there are many options to explore.
Water-saving valves can sometimes restrict flow so it’s important to check and adjust them if necessary.
Clogged, cracked or corroded pipes can seriously reduce water pressure. It’s always best to consult a plumber, who will be able to fix and install new pipework.
Don’t Ignore Poor Water Pressure
Low shower pressure could be a sign of a bigger, more serious problem with your water system. Do not hesitate to contact a plumbing expert for advice. At Kentish Plumbers, we will investigate the cause and provide you with the best possible solution.