Why Does the Shower Have Low Water Pressure?

Possible Reasons for Poor Water Pressure While Showering

Low water pressure in the shower isn’t just inconvenient; it can point to a deeper problem within the plumbing system. When faced with such a problem, it helps to know the cause. Still, many homeowners are left scratching their heads when it comes to identifying the reason for low water pressure in the shower. Some possible reasons may include: 

A Problem With the Water Heater 

water heater If the low water pressure seems to be a problem exclusively with the hot water, it could be because of an issue with the water heater. Here are some reasons it can happen: 

  • Sediment buildup can impede water flow: Without proper water heater maintenance, sediment can build up in the water heater and restrict water flow, as well as affect water heating and the unit’s efficiency. 
  • Pipe restrictions can affect the water pressure: The problem might not lie with the water heater but with the pipes connecting it to the rest of the house. Lines can narrow with time from sediment, restricting water flow and impeding pressure. 
  • The water heater’s valves may have closed: The plumbing system’s valves may have partially closed, only allowing some water to travel through the system at a time. 

These are just some reasons why a water heater and its components can lead to poor water pressure. A professional can inspect the water heater, get to the root of the problem, and fix it. 

Leaks or Clogs Interrupt Water Flow 

The plumbing system relies on pressurized water to operate correctly. However, when water escapes the plumbing system through a leak, the fixtures the leaking pipe serves will not get the full water pressure. Also, clogs can obstruct water flow, leading to poor water pressure in whichever plumbing fixtures the clogged pipe leads to.  

If a plumber suspects that leaks or clogs are affecting the home’s water pressure, they can use specialized equipment to locate and fix the leak or clog, which will help solve the household’s poor water pressure. These are not problems that homeowners should try to fix themselves. 

The Showerhead Could Be Clogged 

showerhead Showerheads, like many other plumbing fixtures, don’t last forever. Corrosion, scale build-up, and rust can affect their function. Sometimes, a showerhead can become so damaged or clogged that it doesn’t have good water pressure. This may be the case if poor water pressure occurs only with that one fixture. 

If it is old and damaged, the showerhead should be replaced to restore normal water pressure. However, if the low water pressure is only due to mineral scale clogging the nozzle, it may be able to be soaked and cleaned by homeowners to restore proper water pressure. 

About RCL Mechanical

RCL Mechanical is a locally owned and operated heating, air conditioning, and plumbing company serving Taunton and the surrounding areas. They offer flat-rate prices, the latest technology, and a satisfaction guarantee. Call them today for plumbing services in Taunton, MA. 

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