Water pressure is so important throughout your house but in a shower its paramount. Well, for me its important!So here are a few reasons why you may not have water pressure and what to do about it.
City Water Department
Find out from your local Water Department if there may be a problem in your area or perhaps just for your specific household. They can do a once over check and compare it to your neighbors water pressure. If they find its an area issue, then you will need to be patient while they go through the surrounding piping. If its specific to your household, you may find they will ask you to get your local plumber to check it out first.
Next step would be to call your plumber. They will have the equipment to check whats causing the water pressure issue.
Be sure to check upfront with the plumber what his costs are including call-out, ongoing, whether its per hour or per job. Reason we warn you is because if the water pressure issue is throughout the house you may find it means replacing all the piping or worse and this can cost a pretty fortune.
But sometimes it doesn’t mean that all the piping needs to be replaced. It may mean its an isolated section of the house. So do your homework and get involved in the process, so you understand.
A good clean of the shower head screen can do wonders. Not all shower heads have a screen, but if it does, it will be found at the inlet of the head. Remove it and give it a good clean by running water through it.
Remove the Flow Controller/Restrictor
Removing the flow controller or restrictor from the shower head will increase the water pressure. The flow controller is installed into shower heads for the purpose of restricting the water flow and pressure to aid water usage throughout USA.
So while we are suggesting you remove this we do insist you still focus on saving water by having shorter showers.
If All Else Fails
At times your water pressure could be as a result of the area you live in and then there isn’t much you can do, so here are a few options if you really need to have a shower that jets out pressurized water.
- Fitting an Electric Shower with a Cold Water Accumulator
- Fitting a Booster Pump or Power Shower
- Installing a Single Impeller Pump
- Installing Twin Impeller Pumps
All these are available at most online stores or sanitary ware shops. Just ask the consultant and they will give you the full run-down on each. If you’re a visual kind of person, here is a short, nifty video that will help you along the way too.
So, next time you’re standing under a drippy shower, take a try at one of these options on how to increase water pressure to shower.