What You Can Do about Low Water Pressure in Your Shower

When you step into your shower, the last thing you want to find is your water coming out at a slow trickle rather than a relaxing heavy stream. Low water pressure in your shower can be a frustrating issue to deal with. Luckily, there are several steps that you can take to deal with low water pressure in your shower. Get to know some of these steps. Then, you can start addressing your water pressure issues as soon as possible. 

Clean Buildup out of Your Showerhead

One of the most common causes of low water pressure in a shower actually has to do with the showerhead itself. Over time and through frequent use, mineral deposits and buildup can develop on your showerhead. These minerals come from the water that flows through the showerhead. 

Cleaning out this buildup can clear blockages in your showerhead and give you better water flow overall. To clean out these mineral deposits, you will first want to remove your showerhead. Take that showerhead and submerge it in white distilled vinegar. Leave it there for eight hours or more to soak. 

This soaking will remove many of the mineral deposits on your showerhead. Once you remove it from the vinegar, you can use a toothpick or similar device to clear out any remaining mineral buildup from the holes for water flow in your showerhead. 

Replace Your Showerhead

If you work hard to clear out those mineral deposits in your showerhead, but you cannot clear them all or you still have trouble with your water pressure, it would be a good idea to replace your showerhead completely. You may simply have mineral deposits that are too hardened to be easily removed. You could also unwittingly have purchases a very low-flow showerhead that is restricting your water flow. Replacing it can resolve these issues. 

Check Your Water Mains and Valves

When you have taken steps to deal with your showerhead and are still having water flow problems, the issue may be elsewhere in your plumbing system. One of the ways to deal with this is to check your water mains and shut-off valves. There are generally two water mains in your house, one that is out by the curb and one that is located where the water enters your house. You will want to check these and make sure that the mains are sufficiently open. You could be having low water flow issues in your entire house, but might only be noticing the problem in your shower. 

Another place to check is the shut-off valve for the shower itself. Sometimes, these valves can accidentally get partially closed, especially if you have recently had plumbing work done. In such cases, you will simple need to open the valve all the way and you should have a properly running shower. 

Take these steps if you have low water pressure in your shower. If the issue is not resolved, call in an expert plumbing contractor to help you determine what other issues may be causing your shower water flow issues.