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Why is My Shower Pressure Low?

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Why is My Shower Pressure Low?

Whether the shower pressure in your new home is low, or the shower pressure has decreased after a few years, you need to trouble shoot the issue to identify the actual cause. As a homeowner you need to be able to understand the various reasons that can lead to a low pressure in your shower. This will enable you to fix the problem and enjoy your showers once more.

  1. 1.Inadequate Plumbing

    If the plumbing is not adequate the connections or number of plumbing fixtures in your home, then the shower pressure will be low. This can be spotted with ease if you turn on the shower with all other plumbing fixtures closed. If the shower then has sufficient pressure which reduces when you turn on another faucet in the house, it indicates inadequate plumbing. This can occur even if you have added additional plumbing fixtures to your home recently. In such cases, you need to ensure that the pipes in the house are replaced with wider ones. This should include the main pipe that connects the municipal water pipe to your home.

  2. 2.Small Water Mains

    Sometimes, the water mains from which your house gets municipal water supply might be small. This can lead to low pressure water supply to your home. In such cases, there is little you can do about the mains problem, but must try and solve the challenge using other methods.

  3. 3.Leakage

    Another reason why your shower pressure can be low is water leakage from the pipes. This loss of water will lead to a lower supply to the shower head or other plumbing fixtures. You need to check all the water pipes for signs of leakage. This includes the pipes that supplies water to your home from the municipal pipe as well as all the interior pipes in your home.

  4. 4.Patch Leaks

    Once you have checked and identified leaks in the pipes, examine them to see if the leaks can be patched up. If there are only a few leaks, it might be possible for you to patch the leaks using a variety of material and systems available. If you feel that it is a difficult task you can call up a plumber to locate the leaks and patch them. Some leaks can be fixed by replacing only a small section of the pipe, a few joints, or even with water proof tape or putty.


    Make sure the leak is actually fixed. Leaking pipes can cause costly damage to your home. After patching a leak, come back 2 days later and even a week later to see if your patching job was sufficient. Do not not check your patching job; that would be neglectful.

  5. 5.Replace Pipes

    In older houses or even places where the water has a lot of sediment, the pipes might have corroded in many places, and become weak in others. If the pipes in your home show extensive signs of damage, you should replace the pipes in a single move. This might take time and effort in the short term but will help you in the long term as you will not have to encounter leaking pipes again in the near future. In order to replace the pipes effectively and neatly, you might need to retain the services of a qualified plumber. However, once the pipes are replaced not only will your shower have high pressure, your water bill will be lower and the other plumbing fixtures in your home such as faucets will also function more effectively.

  6. 6.Most Likely, Just Change Shower Head to Low Pressure

    While there are a variety of reasons why the water pressure in your shower is low, you can easily remedy the issue by just changing the shower head to one designed for low pressure. These low pressure shower heads will increase the velocity of water even when the pressure of water reaching them is low. This will ensure that you have a satisfying shower without using a lot of water. A low pressure shower head will ensure that your water bill remains low, that you do not have to spend time, effort, and money revamping your plumbing system, and still enjoy showers that help you rinse away the tensions of the day or the sleep of the night in a short time.


    As a busy homeowner with multiple responsibilities, you would like to have quick and effective showers without spending too much time and money overhauling the pipes and plumbing system at home. This can be done by systematically examining the cause for the low pressure in the shower and identifying the actual cause. You then have the option of fixing the issue or just installing a low pressure shower head and leaving the plumbing untouched.

You should consult with a plumber if you are unable to identify the real cause of the low pressure. If the low pressure is caused by leaking or damaged pipes, you might want to remedy the situation instead of ending up with a high water bill and damp walls. By consulting with a qualified plumber you will be able to ameliorate this issue and save yourself time so you can focus other things – things you know more about.

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