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How to Avoid Water Pressure Loss in Your Shower

Salt Lake City Shower Head

Blog Highlights

  • Fortunately, there are several things you can do to solve the problem of loss of water pressure
  • Another possible cause of the loss of shower pressure is a broken or damaged pipe
  • Speak with your plumber to determine the best course of action for your shower

Loss in shower water pressure is an unfortunate, yet common occurrence. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to solve this problem. Once you determine the cause of the loss of pressure, you shouldn’t have much trouble fixing it. You may also take some steps to prevent future loss in shower water pressure. If you live in Salt Lake City or Park City, there’s no reason to put up with loss of shower pressure any more!

Clogged Pipe or Shower Head

Occasionally, dirt and mineral deposits can clog shower heads, especially if you live where there is hard water. Unscrew your shower head and make sure there is nothing obvious obstructing the water flow. Then, soak it in a cleaning solution and scrub it thoroughly. If you know that you live in an area with hard water, you may want to consider installing a water softening system. Speak with your plumber to determine the best course of action for your shower.

Diverter Valve

Diverter valves are common when you have a bathtub shower combo. The diverter valve switches the flow of water from the tub to the shower and vice versa. If the valve begins to malfunction or breaks, it can cause a drop in the shower head’s water pressure. Typically the pressure from the bathtub will remain strong while the pressure to the shower head weakens.

Your local plumber can help identify if this is the problem and perform the necessary repairs.

Pipes

Another possible cause of the loss of shower pressure is a broken or damaged pipe. If a pipe breaks or springs a leak, the water is lost before it reaches your shower head, resulting in less pressure. If you notice water stains or hear running water where you shouldn’t, turn off your main water valve and call your plumber at once. Damaged pipes should be attended to as soon as possible to avoid any unnecessary water damage.

Valve Limitations

If your shower uses a pressure balancing valve, that is a single knob or handle to control temperature and water flow, then you may experience frequent shifts in water pressure. This type of shower set up is often subject to changes in water temperature and pressure when other water fixtures are used at the same time. Pressure balancing valves mix hot and cold water together. If you are in the shower and someone flushes a nearby toilet, cold water is diverted from the shower to the toilet tank, causing a drop in shower water pressure. It may take the balancing valve a few moments to readjust, resulting in a few seconds of scolding water, then an overall drop in water pressure as the valve limits the hot water to regain a balance with the available cold water flowing to the shower.

If you suspect or know that this is the type of shower valve you have, consider contacting your local plumber. Ask him to install a thermostatic mixing valve. This valve maintains temperature and pressure separately.

Water Pressure Reduction Valve

If you start to notice that the water pressure in all of your water fixtures is low, you may have a problem near the water source. Often times there is a water pressure reduction valve on the main water line where it enters the home. If this valve has been compromised in anyway it can affect the water pressure throughout your home, and you should contact a professional immediately.

Experiencing a drop in shower pressure? We’ll determine the cause and offer the best solution – Call us today!