Improve Your Shower's Water Pressure

October 28, 2019

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We take indoor plumbing for granted, considering it wasn't that long ago we had to bring in buckets of water inside.  But that still doesn't help when you are in the shower with low water pressure. SO try some of these tricks to boost up your pressure. First off check to see if you home's water pressure is indeed low. Place a bucket you can measure water and turn on your faucet full blast and time how long it takes to fill to 2 quarts (or 1 liter). If it takes long than 6 seconds to reach 2 quarts/1 liter, you’re probably dealing with low water pressure. The low pressure could have a number of different causes: here are a few simple ways to try and fix it yourself, without having to call a plumber. Clean your shower head.  It’s totally normal for shower heads to get clogged with mineral deposits and other gunk over time, so if you haven’t cleaned yours in a while (or ever), start with that. Unscrew your shower head from the pipe and soak it in a bowl of vinegar for eight hours. Once it’s out, if you see any remaining mineral deposits on the shower head, use a toothpick to press those out. If it’s still clogged, it’s probably time to invest in a new shower head. Another possible cause for low pressure is having a water-saving shower head. Though better for the environment, it might not be getting all the suds out of your hair. You can try to remove the flow restrictor by opening it up with a pair of wide-mouth locking pliers or just invest in new shower head. If you’ve tried both of the potential solutions above and are still having issues, you may have to check your water main valve, which controls the amount of water the flows to each of the fixtures in the house. The shower value will probably be in the crawlspace or behind the shower. Turn it counterclockwise to open it up. At this point, you’re probably going to want to call a plumber if you haven’t been able to fix or track down the issue with the water pressure. They should be able to pinpoint and then solve the problem, getting you back into a shower with adequate water pressure in no time.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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