Stepping into the shower and feeling only a light drizzle flowing out of the showerhead can really be off-putting. An unexpected episode of low water pressure can disrupt your expectations of a calming, cooling, or cleansing shower. How can you fix this, and how can you prevent it from happening again?
The best-case scenario will be that your plumbing is working great, it’s just that another fixture is using water nearby and limiting the flow to your shower. For instance, running the dishwasher, doing a load of laundry, or flushing a toilet diverts water away from your shower.
Low water pressure from the shower might be a local issue. If you have a shower and tub combo, then behind the wall is a diverter valve. This valve controls whether the water is flowing from the shower head, or from the tub spout. Over the years, this valve could degrade, preventing the right amount of flow up toward the showerhead.
For homes that have hard water running through the pipes, it is possible that a buildup of minerals is preventing the right amount of pressure coming out of the showerhead. You can try to fix this by removing the showerhead and soaking it in a cleaning solution, or by installing a water softener.
Finally, the most dreaded situation causing low water pressure is a broken pipe. You will notice low pressure not only from the showerhead, but likely in other places in your home. Low pressure from your showerhead is the least of your concerns at this point. A broken pipe has the potential to cause more extreme water damage elsewhere in your home.
The fortunate scenarios are those that you can take care of yourself. For the major plumbing issues, that’s when you need to bring in a professional plumber. When you find that your water pressure isn’t what it used to be, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.