A lot about taking a shower comes down to personal preference. The temperature you choose, the length of time you spend in the shower, and the products you use differ greatly from person to person. However, one thing we can all agree on is that a shower with low water pressure is a major disappointment. At Quality Plumbing & Heating Inc., we never want you to start your day with a disappointing shower, so today we’re discussing the three top reasons it may be happening in your home.
1. Partially Closed Control Valve
The simplest and easiest-to-fix explanation for low water pressure is a partially closed control valve. If you’ve had plumbing work done recently, it’s possible that the valve is still partially closed and simply needs to be fully opened. To make sure, check the main water shut-off valve to your home which is typically found close to the water meter. Even if you haven’t had recent work done, it’s also possible that the valve was bumped and, therefore, the water coming into your home is being restricted.
2. Leaky Pipes
Leaking pipes can wreak havoc on your home in a number of ways. And the worst part is that because your plumbing is made up of a complex network of pipes that are mostly concealed behind walls, you could have leaking pipes and not even know it. As you can imagine, if there is a leak in a pipe, there will be less water coming out of your showerhead. However, this is only one warning sign of leaks and you should be on the lookout for others. To avoid water damage, flooding, or mold, make sure you check regularly for signs of leaks.
3. Dirty Showerhead
Finally, your shower pressure may be low simply because your showerhead is clogged with mineral deposits. Over time, mineral deposits can form in the tiny holes of your shower head and disrupt the water flow and pressure of your shower. This is why cleaning your shower head should be done regularly. A vinegar soak or scrubbing with an old toothbrush should do the trick, however, if the damage is severe you may have better luck replacing it.
Don’t suffer through one more shower with low water pressure. Instead, contact the experts at Quality Plumbing & Heating Inc. Our plumbing experts can help you get to the root of the problem and make your showers enjoyable once more. Request service online today or contact us in Kokomo at (765) 450-4008.