Imagine this deplorable scenario: your hair is full of shampoo and instead of rinsing it in 5 minutes, because of these drops of water that flow from the shower head, it can take you twice or even triple the time. It’s even worse when the water is sprayed in any direction except down. Nothing more annoying to start the day! But why does the water pressure, which is usually so powerful, now act capriciously? Precisely, to overcome the problem, it is still necessary to determine the cause. And the reasons abound. But rest assured, the solution is rarely complicated. Once the problem is solved, you will transform your bathroom into a spa!
What causes low water pressure in the shower?
Before talking about the most optimal way to increase the shower water pressure, you must first know what are the causes that cause this low pressure. This information will help you understand the steps to take to resolve the issue.
- One of the main reasons may be related to the plumbing in your home. Sudden low water pressure can be caused by a clog, a faulty water heater, or a leak in the plumbing system. Therefore, you need to make sure that it is in good condition. If there is indeed a leak, it is best to call a plumber.
- You may also live in an area where the main pipes are old and therefore obsolete. This usually happens in cities where it is more difficult to improve the pipe system without causing problems with the supply of the district.
- Generally, the most common problem is related to the hardness of the water, therefore a significant presence of lime, and the cleanliness of the shower. Perhaps the knob is particularly dirty and therefore less efficient. If you think this is your case, do not miss the simple trick that we explain to you.
Is it the fault of limescale buildup?
Water hardness can cause limescale buildup. In fact, over time and wear, lime deposits can form and cause a reduction in water pressure. Perhaps these deposits are clogging the pipes. There’s nothing you can do about it, but you can try the following trick to at least lighten the flow of water through your shower head a bit. When it’s really dirty, a thorough cleaning is enough to save the day.
How to properly clean the shower head?
It is important to know that over time, shower water causes clogging in the shower head due to the build-up of limestone and minerals. No wonder it’s clogged and the pressure flow isn’t at the top! Because if it is really blocked, the water pressure is gradually reduced to a trickle, even if it is still efficient in the rest of the house. Objective: to dissolve the formation of tartar and minerals.
See how to proceed step by step:
- To clean the shower head, first unscrew it and clean out any debris inside.
- If your shower head has a filter, remove that and clean that too. Use an old toothbrush or something similar to do the job. And this, although many modern shower heads do not require specific equipment, since they are designed to be cleaned simply by rubbing with your fingers.
- If you notice that it is very dirty, the safe remedy is to use white vinegar. Thanks to its anti-limescale and anti-tartar properties, it will remove all deposits and residues. Fill a container with water and vinegar (equal parts) and make sure the knob is completely submerged. Let soak overnight. Another tip: pour the mixture into a plastic bag that you wrap around the shower head so the solution can access deep holes. Securely tie the bag to the element and leave it to act overnight. The next day, remove the bag, use the old toothbrush to remove all the dirt embedded in the holes and you will see the result. Your shower has never been so clean!
Thanks to the vinegar, the knob is operational again: you will notice that the pressure increases again as if nothing had happened. However, if this does not meet all of your expectations, repeat the method until the limestone is completely gone.
NB : You can also use an anti-limescale liquid that will have exactly the same effect as vinegar. However, we recommend that you always follow the manufacturer’s instructions so as not to damage the material of your shower.