Few things are more comforting than a hot shower, especially when you have sore muscles or are feeling a bit under the weather. If you have low water pressure, though, a shower is anything but comfortable. You might even feel frustrated by it. Get the refreshing shower you need – and deserve – by following these three tips on how to increase shower water pressure!
- Deep Clean Your Shower Head
This task has likely never wound up on your chore list. That’s because it’s not something many homeowners think about. Before you purchase a brand-new showerhead, give your current one a good clean. First thing’s first, grab a scrubber sponge and remove the surface grime located on the showerhead, before wetting it. Then, mix together a 1:1 solution of vinegar and water (roughly 1 cup). Pour the solution into a plastic bag; submerge the showerhead in the solution and fasten the bag to the showerhead using either a rubber band or zip tie. Let it soak for 15 to 20 minutes, or up to an hour. After the desired time has passed, remove the bag and wipe away the mess.
- Install a High-Pressure Shower Head
Another option is to purchase an amplifying showerhead, otherwise known as a high-pressure showerhead. If water conservation is important to you, we highly recommend this route. An amplifying showerhead uses only 1.5 gallons per minute, yet because of the increased velocity, it simulates 2.5 gallons per minute, allowing you to have optimal water pressure without the waste. If you need help choosing the best high-pressured shower head, give us a call today! We’d be more than happy to help you on your way to achieving maximum comfort.
- Have Your Plumbing System Inspected by a Licensed Plumber
Sometimes the problem is a bit more complicated, requiring the expertise of a professional. If you have corroded or blocked pipes, the solution to low pressure could be pipe repair or replacement. If you suspect there’s a problem with your plumbing system, we recommend scheduling an appointment with us as soon as possible. Our licensed, professional technicians will complete a comprehensive inspection of your system, including pipes to locate the problem, and then we’ll determine a solution that best suits your budget and needs.
What We Do Not Recommend
Showerheads today feature flow restrictors to help homeowners conserve water. During your research, you might come across other blogs and resources that recommend removing the shower head’s water flow restrictor to increase your shower water pressure. Per U.S. law, shower head manufacturers are required to install restrictors to ensure water flow is no higher than 2.5 gallons per minute. As licensed, professional plumbers we caution against this “tip” due to it being unlawful.
At Bardi Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we strive to deliver nothing short of excellence to our customers. No matter what type of service you need, whether it’s HVAC or plumbing-related, rest assured you will receive top-quality care and service from beginning to end. Schedule service with us today by calling us or visit us online!