A partially closed control valve, a defective pressure regulator, a leaking pipe, or a blocked showerhead are all possible causes of insufficient shower pressure. Some of these problems are simple to solve, while others may necessitate the services of a professional plumber.
Partially Closed Control Valve
If you’re lucky, the cause and remedy to your low water pressure are both easy. Check your home’s main water shut-off valve, which is usually located near the water metre. If you recently had plumbing work done, this valve may still be partially closed. It may be limiting the quantity of water that enters your property. We’ve also seen this valve unintentionally pushed by an unaware homeowner, resulting in decreased water pressure. Recheck the pressure after making sure the valve is fully open.
Faulty Pressure Regulator Device
A pressure regular’s responsibility is to keep the water pressure in the residence within a safe range of 45-60 psi. It is not unusual for a pressure regulator to wear out or fail, causing your water pressure to fluctuate. Allow a plumber to check the equipment to determine whether it needs to be fixed or replaced.
Plumbing can be a complicated network of pipes hidden behind walls, above ceilings, beneath floors, or in unfinished places. You may not be able to see a leaky pipe immediately once, but you may detect its consequences or warning signals. As you might expect, if pipe leaks, there will be less water coming out of your showerhead. A leak may also cause floods and costly water damage, so if you suspect one, contact a plumber immediately.
Mineral deposits can build in the showerhead’s small jet holes over time. A simple remedy is to remove the showerhead and soak it overnight in a plastic bag filled with vinegar. You may also clean the showerhead with an old toothbrush to remove any muck that has accumulated. Finally, if the fixture is very old, you could be better off changing the showerhead, which is a pretty inexpensive and simple operation.
Call a plumber to fix your low-pressure shower.
Fixing low water pressure in the shower is sometimes a simple task that may be completed with basic do-it-yourself skills. However, the issue may be less with your water pressure and valve and more with the quality of your home’s plumbing lines. There’s no need to accept less-than-ideal shower pressure.
If you’re having difficulties determining the reason for your low shower pressure or believe you need the assistance of an outside expert to repair your home plumbing system, it’s time to call the experts at Plumber Ryde. Call our customer help desk now to make an appointment.