No Water Pressure in your Shower? Follow The Clues
We all expect a steady stream of water when taking a shower. And usually, that’s the case. But what happens when you turn the handle, and there’s no water pressure in the shower?
Low water pressure can really “rain on your parade” during your morning or evening routines. Let’s take a look at what might be going on and some easy fixes.
What Causes Low Water Pressure in the Shower: The Basics
Restricted water flow
Actually, it might seem like low pressure, but it might be an issue with restricted water flow.
Over time, mineral deposits in the water will collect in the shower head and restrict the openings. The water has a hard time pushing its way through the narrowed paths which slow the flow.
This is good news, as it’s not a water pressure problem but a problem with your plumbing fixture. And this is usually a DIY fix which we’ll cover in a bit.
Your shower diverter valve can also be damaged by hard water. The corrosion over time will cause it to leak, where half the water goes out the tub spout, only leaving the other half for the shower.
It is possible for you to clean the shower diverter valve yourself. Check this out! (LINK)
Not enough water
Another common problem that can cause a brief water pressure issue is too much demand on your plumbing system.
There will be a brief fluctuation in water pressure if a new showerhead has just been recently installed. You will experience this fluctuation during your first shower, however the pressure should automatically adjust itself.
We all know about the dreaded toilet flush or “cold water surprise.” Fortunately these only cause a temporary water pressure problem.
This sudden low pressure problem is common in showers that have a single handle that controls the water temperature and water flow.
If you find this happening too often, you can eliminate this sudden cold water surprise with a thermostatic mixing valve. It provides two separate valves to independently control the water pressure and temperature.
This upgrade can easily be installed by your local “go-to” plumber. Don’t consider this as simply a nice convenience. Even if you have no problem living with this shower pressure issue, it’s also an important safety feature, as a sudden rush of scalding hot water can cause serious damage.
Don’t forget that any work being done by the city might cause a temporary loss of pressure. You can call your local Arlington government office for more info.
Poor Water Pressure Issues in the Shower
Leaking or clogged pipes
Low water pressure can be a result of a clogged pipe. This is more of a water supply problem, as the low shower water pressure is a water supply issue.
In short, not enough water is getting up to the showerhead.
There might be water leaks in your plumbing system. A leak in a water pipe or at one of the connectors will also reduce the water flow available to your plumbing fixtures.
Some signs of a leak, besides no water pressure in the shower, are water stains on the wall or ceiling.
As a leaking pipe is a serious problem that can cause all kinds of damage, this is a plumbing service problem that needs immediate attention.
If the shower head is clogged, you can remove this from the water pipe that sticks out from the wall in your shower.
Be careful not to use too much pressure when removing. Try using only your hands when loosening and tightening.
You can place this in a bowl filled with vinegar. Leave it overnight and flush with hot water in the morning. This should fix the problem.
After the shower head has been soaking, you can also take a toothbrush or a tool with similar soft bristles to scrub away hard water stains, bacteria, and soap film.
A similar repair can be done on the shower diverter. It takes a bit more effort and time, but you can remove it and clean it.
If you continue to experience this problem with your shower head or diverter, you can install a water softener. The system will prevent the accumulation of mineral deposits caused by hard water.
If rust stains are also a problem, a water softener can help reduce the iron in the water, which will help reduce rust stains.
This plumbing upgrade will require a professional plumbing service. But the benefits you will receive more than justify the expense.
Do I Need Professional Service
As we mentioned, any problems with the pipes that carry potable water can cause low water pressure. This can be from the hot water heater, water meter, or any other pipes in the system.
You might also have problems with the water pressure regulator or pressure-reducing valve.
For any of the above problems, you will need to contact your local plumber.
When in doubt, reach out to us at All Masters Plumbing of Arlington Texas check it out! We will get to the bottom of why you have no pressure in your shower, and fix it fast.