Have you ever been in a shower that had such low water pressure that you were not able to effectively wash your body? What good is a shower if you can not wash off your soap and shampoo?
There are a few things you can look out for and do to make sure you are not stuck with low pressure in the shower at home.
- If your shower has a single handle or knob that controls the water and its temperature, your faucet has a pressure balancing valve. The valve mixes hot and cold water together at a specific pressure level. If the pressure level drops, for example if someone else is using another faucet or flushing the toilet, there can be a drop of pressure and change of temperature in the shower. You are able to avoid this by replacing the valve with a thermostatic mixing valve, which offers separate controls for pressure and temperature. Call your trusted plumber to install the new valve for you.
- If you have a bath/ shower combination, you are likely to have a diverter valve. This valve is part of the switch that changes the water from the bathtub faucets to the above shower head. These valves can malfunction or become damaged over time, which causes the water pressure to becomes unbalanced. A broken valve is normally the case when the pressure is normal in the bath faucet but not the shower head. Call in a plumber to confirm the issue and replace the valve.
- If the water pressure in your whole home is low, there could be an issue with the pressure reduction valve. This valve is usually connected to the main water line, where it enters the house. A professional plumber will need to be called in to replace or adjust the valve.
- The cause of the low pressure can also be in the shower head itself. Make sure your shower head is not dirty or clogged. It may need to be unscrewed from the wall and soaked in water and a cleaning solution for several minutes, before being scrubbed with an old toothbrush or cloth.
- The worst case would be a broken pipe that is leaking water. The leak will lower the water pressure and cause other unseen damages. If you notice water stains, dripping or hear water running where it shouldn’t be, you should switch off your water at the main and call a plumber. At Inspector Jet, we are able to use CCTV cameras and monitors to investigate pipe systems to look for a break or leak that could be affecting water pressure. Our technology allows us to pinpoint the exact location of the leak, so that we are able to repair the pipe without the unnecessary digging up of your property.
In any one of these cases, if you are unable to determine the cause of the low water pressure, it is always best to call in a professional to assess the situation and prescribe the best course of action.