A beautifully refreshing and invigorating shower is a necessity in the morning or after a very tiring day. There is nothing that beats that!
Water flow rate is the main thing that we noticed while taking a shower. Sometimes the water pressure gradually becomes worse, and in this case, we won’t see it until there is only a dribble.
If you are living in a low water pressure area where water has naturally low or fluctuating pressure. You can replace your shower and install one with a built-in pump or one that pumps water directly from storage tanks.
You can buy electric showers with a built-in pump if your pressure falls outside the range. Most modern ones are specially designed to increase shower pressure.
These solutions are challenging, but you can do more to fix the shower water pressure issue.
How to Measure the Low-Water Pressure?
If you are quite irritated with your water pressure and want to measure the flow rate by yourself. Here are some easy steps to do-it-yourself at home;
- Pick the measuring jug from the kitchen, and if you didn’t have one take a 1-litre milk carton.
- Turn on the shower to its full and put the jug down to it.
- Measure the time taken to fill the 1-litre jug.
If it takes more than 6 seconds to fill the 1 litre (10 litres per minute), you have severe low-pressure water issues. A faster flow rate is ideal, but 6 seconds per litre is the slowest level.
Ways to Fix it!
There are few simple ways to increase shower pressure, such as cleaning your Showerhead, checking the Showerhead’s setting and main valves, or installing a new showerhead to increase the shower pressure. Below are the detailed possible solutions for low water pressure.
Dirty Showerhead and hose (Clean it thoroughly)
It is one of the common issues of low water pressure that’s why we are discussing it first. Showerheads accumulate dirt, rust particles, and limescale from the water, thus causing a blockage. Cleaning your Showerhead is essential as it is a ground for all types of bacteria.
You can clean them by immersing the Showerhead in a vinegar solution. For extra deep cleaning, add a few tablespoons of baking soda to the vinegar solution and mix well. This natural formula will help release blocked passages. Rinse the Showerhead with clean water before installing again. Moreover, changing the mineral balls while cleaning the showerhead lets you enjoy more clean and fresh water.
You can also buy different cleaning liquids from any local supermarket. They are super useful, but if you intend to clean your Showerhead many times a month, they can be quite expensive.
If you’ve tried the home remedies (Vinegar and Baking soda solution), then it’s time to buy a new showerhead with a new hose.
Check the showerhead’s settings
When people move into a new place, they get annoyed by the dull performance of showers and don’t notice that they might have a water-saving feature. Maybe the previous householder fitted a water-saving showerhead to reduce the flowrate and save water. Yes, water-saving showers are excellent for the environment and your water bills, but they rarely give a satisfying shower.
There is a possibility that a low flow rate showerhead installed at our home needs to be reset. Water-saving showers have a flow restrictor fitted inside that is a small hole through which the water flows. These restrictors have different-sized holes available to choose the right water velocity. It also depends on your flow rate. They have a reset option. Change the setting to allow the water to flow freely.
And if you have a showerhead, which is designed to increase the water pressure by injecting air into the water stream while using the same amount of water. You should check that this Showerhead is in the correct setting too.
Check the water valves in your home
You’ve tried the above two solutions and are still facing the low-pressure water problem. Then you must check the various valves associated with the water supply to the shower. Check the shower isolation valve, mains stopcock, and the mains valve. Observe them closely and ensure they’re fully open. Below are some details about water valves;
Shower isolation valve
Every shower, sink taps, and bathtub taps have their valve, allowing you to isolate it from the mains water. They won’t be far along the water pipe from the shower and might be behind a removable panel or even in full view. The water valve might have a knob to turn by hand, or a slot for a screwdriver to turn. Make sure it’s fully open. The knob turns fully counter-clockwise, while the screw slot should be inline with the pipe.
Main valve allows water to enter your home and isolates the whole house from the mains water. You will find the main valve under the kitchen sink. Once again, open it fully counter-clockwise.
Mains stop-cock is usually where you find your water meter, and the water supply company hands over responsibility for the water to you. It’s located outside under a small square or oval-shaped metal plate set in the ground. It may be just inside your boundary or just out on the public footpath. Once again, ensure it’s fully open.
Call a plumber
Now, if you found the problem and fixed it or probably pulled your hair out because you’ve run out of options, it is time to call a plumber. He will track down the problem and sort things out. They will increase water pressure in the shower.
Keep your plumbing free from impurities
Always keep your mains water and domestic plumbing free from contaminants like rust, limescale, slime, and other unwanted substances. Here are three possible solutions to keep your plumbing free from impurities;
- Installing water conditioners and filters at appropriate locations.
- Use water softeners filled with the manufacturer’s recommended chemicals.
- Make sure that filters are rinsed properly to prevent clogging.
Keep your plumbing free from obstructions and blockages; make sure that all valves should be open. Use the appropriate conditioning equipment. If you do these, you’ll have done everything to increase water pressure in your home.
You can buy attachments to increase the water velocity from your taps and Showerhead for any other low water pressure situation. Except for a water pump which does improve your water pressure, these increase the water velocity and give you the impression that you have a higher pressure. Same as the analogy of putting your thumb over the end of the garden hose; it works like that.
Our range of high pressure showerheads contains three different kinds of mineral filtration beads for your specific water problems. You might have limescale, rust, sand, grit and all kinds of particles floating around your pipes, but using a filtered shower head will undoubtedly prevent clogging. It will increase water flow rates by up to 200% and also saves water up to 30%. Using one of these will increase the water velocity and make it feel like the shower water pressure has improved.