There are few things worse than getting into what you had hoped to be a relaxing shower and finding yourself dealing with plumbing problems. From clogged drains to faulty hot water heaters, there is a lot that can go wrong in your home’s bathroom.
Low water pressure is one of the more irritating issues, thanks in part to the wide variety of possible reasons for the problem. If you are noticing the water pressure in your shower isn’t as high as usual, here are four possible reasons to consider.
1. You have multiple showers going at once
If you’re showering at the same time as someone else in another bathroom, your water pressure will likely drop temporarily. This can also be the case if you’re showering while the washing machine or dishwasher is running, or if you live in an apartment building and shower during peak periods – such as in the morning before work or at night before bed. Showering at peak times can also alter your water pressure if you live in a neighborhood with a shared water supply. The fix to your issue might be as simple as adjusting your daily routine by a few minutes.
2. Your pressure regulator is faulty
Most showerheads have pressure regulators or flow restrictors to control the water pressure level in the shower. If this regulator is faulty, it might be restricting flow too much. You can remove this component completely or replace it within your shower head to reinstate optimal pressure.
3. Your pipes are blocked
If you have hard water, you will want to check to make sure your pipes aren’t blocked by mineral buildup. This can even happen in homes with soft water and old plumbing. If you have mineral buildup in your pipes, we highly recommend a pipe cleaning service to remove any residue before it causes larger plumbing problems.
4. You have a leak
Four words no homeowner wants to hear: “Your pipes are leaking.” Unfortunately, low water pressure is sometimes a symptom of leaks in your plumbing elsewhere. Even if you don’t have any noticeable leaks in or near your shower, your low water pressure in the shower could be a result of pinhole leaks in other pipes or larger cracks in your plumbing system. In this case, you will want to call in a professional plumbing team as soon as possible to locate the source of the leak before it results in major property damage.
How to fix low water pressure
Low water pressure isn’t always caused by a big plumbing problem, but it shouldn’t be ignored. Whether you are dealing with a faulty pressure regulator, blocked pipes, or leaks in your plumbing system, the issue can be addressed quickly to prevent any possible water damage.
To find the cause of low water pressure in the shower, call Liberty Plumbing today. Our professional team of plumbers can help you locate the source of the problem quickly and efficiently so you can get back to enjoying your shower in no time. Schedule a hassle-free appointment today by calling (951) 760-4215.