What to Do When There is Low Water Pressure in the Shower?

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Is there anything worse than jumping in the shower, and experiencing the lackluster water flow coming from your shower head? It is a very common and frustrating problem that many people have encountered in their lifetime. Your once excellent flowing shower, suddenly will just lose pressure and go from a luxurious downpour to sprinkles. If you find that you are in this situation, take a deep breath, there are a few things you can try to remedy the situation.

The first and possibly the most convenient solution is to try and replace the shower head itself. With the water saving movement, low flow shower heads have become the norm, but these shower heads don’t offer the same high flow as they used to. So one quick fix is to purchase a high flow shower head. Make sure though that before you do that you aren’t violating any laws. For instance, California has a regulation on what flow showerhead you can use because of the droughts. While this isn’t everywhere, it is better to be on the safe side. Usually, the showerheads you find at your local hardware store will be compliant.

The next option you will have is to clean your showerhead. Overtime sediments deposit and start to clog up the little holes that allow the water to flow. It is a natural step and just requires a cleaner, some water, and the shower head. Let the shower head soak for a few hours to loosen the sediments and then rinse. Sometimes, this quick and easy fix will get your water pressure back to where it used to be.

If you can adjust the flow into your house at the water main, this is another possible option. However, if you went from having excellent shower pressure to now inadequate, this solution probably won’t be of much help. If you have just moved into a new place and find that the water pressure is lacking, you can try adjusting the curbside main. There might be a chance that the previous occupants had it turned down to conserve water, and lower their bill.

If you think that your problem persists after trying these methods, it might be time to call in a professional. The loss of water pressure might be due to corroded pipes, and only a trained professional will be able to fix this problem.

If you have a low water pressure in shower, try not to worry and try one of these helpful tips. It might get the pressure back.


For major plumbing concerns, call 412-221-5404 to schedule service.


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Kwiatkowski Plumbing
1338 Streets Run Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15236
(412) 221-5404

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