Common Causes For Low Water Pressure In Your Shower

low water pressure shower in a kutztown pennsylvania homeThere is nothing worse than stepping into your shower to realize that there is barely any water coming out of the shower head. While we agree that this is a major nuisance, don’t fret. Showers often develop a low flow rate due to various reasons.

By troubleshooting some of the issues…

you will be able to find the possible cause of your shower’s low flow rate. A licensed plumber can address and solve the underlying cause of this type of issue. This is not a DIY repair for amateurs. This is because this issue can be a symptom of a major issue that is not as obvious to the untrained eye. Robinson Plumbing offers high quality plumbing services including the repair of low water pressure shower. Kutztown PA and surrounding area residents can take advantage of affordable, high quality services. In this article, we will discuss some of the most common causes for low water pressure in your shower.

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Clogged Shower Head Or Plumbing Pipes

This is one of the most common causes of low shower pressures. Some of the things that can clog your shower head and plumbing pipes include hard water stains. Solid corrosion debris, which often forms in old metal pipes, can also cause this issue. To find out if the problem is only limited to your shower, try checking your flow rate at different faucets. If that is the case, you should call a plumber to disassemble and inspect your shower head. They will also check your plumbing pipes for signs of corrosion. When your shower head is dirty or clogged up with sediments, your plumber will use a commercial cleaner to clean it and dislodge the mineral deposits inside your shower head and pipes. Of course, if your pipes are extensively corroded, it is best to have your plumber replace them.

Defective Or Stuck Bathtub Spout Diverter

shower repairIf you have a shower/tub combination…

a defective or stuck bathtub spout diverter can cause low shower pressure. This is because your diverter is unable to divert water from your tub spout up to your shower head effectively. To fix this problem, call a plumber to fix/replace your spout diverter.

Low-Flow Shower Head

Thanks to federal regulations, low-flow shower heads are becoming increasingly common. According to US Department of Energy (DOE), these regulations limit new shower heads to a maximum flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) at a water pressure of 80 psi (pounds per square inch). These shower heads help to cut the cost of heating water. Also, they are specifically designed to restrict the amount of water flowing through them. More specifically, they contain a water restrictor valve. This means that they can cause low shower pressure. Fortunately, if you have such a shower head and want to increase your shower pressure, your plumber can replace the shower head with a regular shower head. Alternatively, your plumber can remove the restrictor valve if that is legal in your area.

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Main Water Shut-off Valve

When your main water shut-off valve is turned down, the water pressure throughout your house will be low. In such a case, check your main water shut-off valve. Make sure that it is not turned off. Some of the other valves you can check to ensure they are not shut off include:

  •  in-line shut-off valve (if you have one)
  • curb-side main

However, it is important to note that water providers do not usually allow unauthorized people to tamper with curb-site meters. This means that your water provider will have to turn on your curb-site meter for you.


Kutztown PA: Low Water Pressure Shower

Some of the common causes for low water pressure in your shower include problems with the

  • main water shut-off valve
  • low-flow shower head
  • defective or stuck bathtub spout diverter
  • clogged shower head or plumbing pipes

Because it may be difficult to see the real cause of this problem, you should hire a professional plumber to find and fix the problem.

Robinson Plumbing offers professional plumbing services. We will be able to properly diagnose why you have low water pressure in your shower and find the best solutions to remedy this. All of our plumbers are certified and have ample experience in the plumbing industry.

By working with the professionals at Robinson Plumbing…

you will receive a friendly, knowledgeable, and professional plumber. Be sure to call us today so that we may answer any questions that you may have regarding your plumbing issues.

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