There are several possible issues that can cause noticeably lower water pressure while showering. Making sure you have an adequate water supply, properly installed plumbing fixtures, and routine maintenance are key to preventing and fixing low water pressure problems.
1. Inadequate water supply
If you have a well as your water source or limited municipal supply, during high-demand times the water pressure can drop. A larger water pump or water storage tank may fix this by providing a larger supply to draw from. Have a plumber evaluate your system to determine if any upgrades are needed.
2. Clogged or damaged water filters
Water filters can get clogged over time that reducing water flow. Replacing any old or damaged filters may significantly improve your water pressure.
3. Improperly installed fixtures
A shower head installed incorrectly can restrict water flow and decrease pressure. Ensure all are properly installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications. It can help to fix the low water pressure if you install the shower head properly.
4. Mineral buildup
Over time, the metal pipes that deliver water in the home can mineral deposits can build up reducing pipe diameter. This makes it more difficult for water to flow freely, lower water pressure. Using insulating pipe sleeves can help prevent the low water pressure problem.
5. Bad shower head
Shower heads can become damaged or corroded and result in lower water pressure. Replacing an old or corroded shower head may fix the problem if other issues have been ruled out.
As a quick check, try tightening the shower head or replacing the filter cartridge to see if this helps fix the low water pressure problem. If the problem continues, it’s best to contact a plumber to diagnose and service or replace any necessary components. Ensuring high-performing fixtures, adequate supply, and regular maintenance are keys to high-pressure, satisfying showers and other hot water needs.