Shower pressure is a definite personal preference for many. Some people like a calm, gentle stream, while others want it to be full blast. One real thing we could all agree on is that a weak shower because of abnormally low water pressure levels is a serious letdown. There are plenty of explanations for a low pressured shower. These explanations include a partially shut control valve, faulty pressure regulator, leaking pipe, or a clogged showerhead. You could fix a couple of these problems on your own, but some may require a professional plumber from B&D Plumbing. Read on to learn more!
Partially Shut Control Valve
If you are lucky, your low water pressure has a very easy-to-fix solution and explanation. Check the main water shut-off valve in your home, which is usually close to the water meter. If you’ve recently had any plumbing work done, this valve might still be partially closed, restricting the amount of water coming into your current house. We have also seen this valve be accidentally bumped by an unknowing homeowner, who experienced lower water pressure then and there. Make sure that this valve is open entirely, and then recheck the pressure levels.
Faulty Pressure Regulator Devices
A pressure regular’s job is to help maintain the home’s water pressure within a safe range of around 45-60 psi. It is not uncommon for a pressure regulator to wear out and eventually malfunction, which might throw off your home’s water pressure. Have a plumber inspect the device to see if it needs any replacements or repairs.
Plumbing can be a complicated network of pipes, mostly concealed behind walls, floors, above ceilings, or hidden in unfinished areas. If you have any leaking pipes, you may not be able to see them right away, but you might notice its effects or warning signs either. As you could probably imagine, there will also be less water coming from your showerhead if there is a leak in the pipes. A leak could also lead to flooding and costly water damages, so if you think that this is an issue, call a plumber as soon as you can.
Clogged Up Showerhead
As time passes, mineral deposits can form in the tiny jet holes of the showerhead. This will disrupt the water pressure and flow of your shower. A simple solution is to remove the showerhead and soak it up in a plastic bag filled up with vinegar overnight. You could use some old toothbrushes to scrub the showerhead too.
Get in Touch With B&D Today!
Dealing with any plumbing concerns that require a professional to step in? Struggling with an absolute plumbing emergency that can’t wait? Let B&D Plumbing know. B&D Plumbing Inc. services the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia. Get in touch with us by calling (301) 595-1141 or follow us on social media including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. As a small, family-owned business, we understand how important your home is—and we offer exceptional service that matches!