How to Fix Low Pressure in the Shower

Are you facing a low pressure problem with your shower? Here are some tips to fix it easily.
HomeQuicks Staff
After a hard day's work, what you need is a hot shower to relax and soothe all those strained nerves of your body. However, it is a big disappointment, when it has low pressure. When you are expecting a steaming torrent of hot water, what you get is a whimper. It is highly inconvenient. Personally, I love the feeling of hot needles of water hitting my face and thoroughly rinsing my hair in the process. So when my new apartment shower turned out to have low water pressure, I decided to do something about it, as soon as possible.

Dealing With a Low Pressure Shower Problem

One of the prime reasons why your shower head has water flowing out at very low pressure, is its inbuilt design, which limits pressure. In order to achieve economy of water flow and save money spent on bills, designers have built the heads that way. Other than that, there may be many more reasons, which we will explore in the following lines.

Fix Low Water Pressure at Main Line
If low water pressure is a problem that is affecting all your fixtures, including the head, then you will have to check the flow volume settings of your water main line, which may have been set too low. A change in the volume settings may solve your problem quite easily.

Remove Flow Constrictor
Most shower heads are fitted with a device called the flow constrictor, whose function is to reduce water pressure. It is a plastic object with perforations in between, fitted in the head itself. All heads for low pressure water are equipped with this. To solve the problem, all you need to do is remove this constrictor. Check out the kind of attachment the head has. It will mostly have a screw fitted in, that attaches it with the water supply line. To let the water pressure increase, take a screwdriver and remove the head. Locate the constrictor and pull it out. Later, you can fix the head back again. This will definitely solve the problem. That is why, choosing the right shower is important.

Clean Clogged Shower Head
Despite removing the constrictor, if the low pressure still persists, then you need to thoroughly clean the head and open up blocked perforations to restore the pressure to normal levels. Remove the head and clean up all the deposits that block water flow, with a wire brush and vinegar. Make sure that all holes are completely cleaned out to restore pressure back to normal.

Change the Shower Head
If none of this works, replace the head to increase water pressure. Simply go for high pressure heads and replace the one with low pressure. Go for the best one available in the market.

All that you need to do is follow the above suggestions and enjoy a high pressure shower anytime.
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