There are few things as discouraging as starting your morning with a weak shower. Powerful, warm showers provide us with a few minutes of comfort and solitude before starting or ending our days.
Unfortunately, weak shower pressure can occur for many different reasons, which you'll need to work to identify.
Leaks are often a hidden cause of weak shower pressure. Leaks anywhere in your plumbing system will reduce the overall water pressure in your home.
Start your inspection in the shower and check if the tap or any parts of the showerhead are leaking. Even tiny leaks can squander thousands of gallons of water per year.
It's also worth checking your basement and water tank for any sources of water.
If you have a leak severe enough to interfere with water pressure, there's a good chance there are multiple leaks in your system.
In this case, you should contact a plumber like Gold Medal Plumbing and Drain to fix the problem immediately.
Let's look at the ways you can fix the water pressure in your shower.
Confirm your shutoff valves are fully open
If you live in a house, you may have an issue with the main shutoff valves, where water enters your home.
You'll need to go outside and check the valve that connects to your house. Make sure the valve is fully open and check for any rust or corrosion.
If you notice any rust, corrosion, or damage, avoid forcing the valve open. You can easily break the valve handle if you feel any resistance while adjusting the valve position.
It's worth contacting a professional if you notice damage to your shutoff valve.
Use vinegar to clear debris from the showerhead
Vinegar is a powerful natural remedy you can use to clear debris from your showerhead.
Over time, the water that comes out of your showerhead leaves minerals behind, which causes scale to build up. Scale is responsible for creating blockages that will reduce water pressure while showering.
You can remove this buildup by unscrewing your showerhead and letting it sit in a bowl of vinegar overnight. The acidic vinegar will work to break down any minerals caught in the showerhead.
After soaking the showerhead overnight, give it a complete wash and use a hanger or toothpick to remove any remaining debris.
It's also worth considering adding a showerhead filter which will slow the buildup of minerals and debris.
By filtering the minerals from your shower water, showerhead filters also help you maintain healthy skin and hair.
Consider investing in a new type of showerhead
Certain showerheads are actually designed to minimize the flow of water, which can result in unsatisfying showers. If you live in an apartment or condo, you may have a water restricting device installed in your showerhead.
Changing your shower head to a new model can make a significant difference in your water pressure.
Many high-flow showerheads come with self-cleaning features, which reduces how quickly sediment builds up in the showerhead.
Identify other items using water
If you have multiple appliances that use water running simultaneously, you can experience changes in water pressure.
If your dishwasher and washing machine are on, there's a good chance you won't receive as much water pressure as normal.
For those who live in an apartment complex, showering at the same time as your neighbours can cause a weak shower.
You'll need to play detective and identify the other appliances using water at the same time as your showers.
Taking the time to identify other sources of water usage will help you find the best time to take a shower.
Invest in a shower pump
If you're wondering how to fix water pressure in the shower permanently, a shower pump is likely your best option.
Shower pumps work by using an impeller to increase water pressure from your home's water tank. The increased pressure helps strengthen the force of your shower water before it exits the showerhead.
You may need professional help installing a shower pump, but it's a worthwhile investment to increase shower pressure.
It's vital to ensure that the shower pump you choose is appropriate for your system. Too much pressure can damage your plumbing system, which will leave you with bigger problems than a weak shower.
Flush your water heater
Over time corrosion and mineral buildup will begin to affect your water heater. Flushing your water tank is a process you can use to dislodge sediment from your water heater and increase performance.
If you're mechanically inclined, flushing your water heater can be a fun project over the weekend.
However, it's worth getting a professional to ensure the process is completed correctly.
Flushing your water heater involves adjusting the valves, draining water, and dislodging sediment from your tank.
Flushing your water heater regularly is an excellent form of maintenance that will help you avoid malfunctions.