5 Reasons for Low Water Pressure in the Shower
Experiencing low water pressure in the shower can be frustrating, especially as you’re trying to wash off soap and shampoo. For some, the issue of low water pressure in the shower may elicit a shrug, as they move on to the next activity in their life. That’s a mistake, however. Low water pressure in the shower should always be investigated, as it could be the sign of a larger issue at play, and could even lead to a plumbing disaster.
Diagnosing the Problem
It’s possible to diagnose low water pressure through your shower head. Typically, the water pressure in a home should be between 45 and 55 psi (pounds per square inch). Using a gauge that hooks up to an outside spigot on your home, or through the washing machine’s cold water line, you can tell if there is a low water pressure issue. Anything under 40 psi signifies that you may need to have a professional come out and investigate.
There are reasons you may be having low water pressure issues in your shower (and house), and here are five, plus some ways to deal with the issue.
Pressure Regulator Devices
If the pressure you’re experiencing from your shower head seems to have just gone down for no reason, it’s possible your home’s water pressure regulator is broken. This device works to keep the pressure in your home between 45 and 60 psi. If you think this may be what’s happening, a professional plumber is best suited to fix the problem. Trying to fix the regulator, or replacing it on your own could lead to even bigger, more expensive issues in the future.
This is an easy one. Sometimes, it’s possible to accidentally turn the main water valve in your home toward the “off” position. Even if this valve is turned slightly in that direction, it could dramatically impact the water pressure you’re experiencing in the home. In order to fix this, locate the main water valve in your home, and make sure it’s fully in the “on” position. This will alleviate the issue, if it was accidentally turned off.
Peak periods of water use refer to the times, usually during the morning or at night, when most people are taking showers. If you’re showering during this time, you may experience low water pressure because of the heavy usage being put on the system. If you think this is the case, test your water pressure during non-peak times, and compare the readings. Your answer may be in the numbers you receive.
Mineral accumulation can be an issue in older homes, especially homes that feature galvanized pipes. This accumulation, which occurs over time, is difficult to remove, and can lead to low water pressure in the shower. If you suspect that mineral deposits in your pipes are the issue, an experienced plumber can help either to repair or replace the pipes.
If you’ve tried everything, and still can’t seem to find the cause of the low water pressure, it may be due to leaking or fractured pipes. If water is leaking out, less of it is getting to where it needs to be, creating issues with the water pressure. If you suspect that this is the culprit, you’ll have to bring in an experienced plumber to take a look. They’ll be able to use video cameras to view the insides of your pipes, and detect where any issues may be occurring. From there, they’ll be able to give you next steps toward solving the issue.
Water pressure experts in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio
Determining the cause of low water pressure in your shower can be difficult and frustrating. If you’re having issues, and can’t seem to figure out why you’re experiencing low water pressure, talk to the pros at Ohio Buckeye Plumbing. To schedule an appointment, call (440) 283-9377.