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Why Is My Shower Water Pressure So Low?

Posted On: August 29, 2016

A disappointing shower is never a good way to start or end your day. Most people prefer high water pressure in their shower to give them a relaxing experience. Is your shower not producing the water pressure you need to enjoy your shower time? Don’t settle for weak pressure. Maximize your shower experience by following some simple suggestions or calling a local professional to have this issue fixed right away!

Causes for Low Water Pressure in the Shower

Your low water pressure could be the result of several different issues. Some of the most common causes include:
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  • A water flow restrictor is on your shower head
  • An old galvanized pipe has built up deposits, making the opening narrower
  • An incorrectly sized pipe is attached to your shower’s plumbing

To determine which of these issues is causing low water pressure in your Scranton, PA home, contact T.E. Spall & Son today.

Ways to Improve the Water Pressure in Your Shower

Try these methods to increase your water pressure:

  • Remove the flow restrictor from your shower head
  • Clean out your showerhead to remove any sediment buildup
  • Replace your shower head with a high pressure model
  • Hire a professional company that specializes in plumbing repairs

How to Remove a Flow Restrictor From Your Showerhead

To see if there is a flow restrictor device limiting the water usage in your shower, you will need to use a pair of pliers or a wrench to take the showerhead apart. To get to the flow restrictor you will likely need to first remove the filter screen using the end of a paperclip (be sure to put the filter back when you are finished). Then you can remove the flow restrictor. This piece is a plastic disc that covers the shower head inlet. Some homeowners may find that they only need to remove the center of the restrictor to get the results they need.

Remember that when you remove this piece, you are allowing more water to flow through your pipes, which will likely increase utility bills.

Why Is there a Flow Restrictor on My Shower Head?

Not sure what a flow restrictor does or who put it there in the first place? You will find that many newer showerheads come with a flow restrictor to help homeowners avoid wasting water. The flow restrictor is designed to reduce the water flow in a shower head to 2.5 gallons per minute. The National Energy Act is responsible for this regulation. While all showerhead manufacturers must include the flow restrictor in their products, it is up to the consumer whether they decide to keep this piece intact.

The flow regulator is typically a white plastic disk with a small hole in the middle of it. Before coming out of the showerhead, your water has to pass through that small opening. By removing the flow restrictor, you can significantly improve your shower water pressure!

Want some help with this project? Call your local plumbing experts at 877-591-7508 to get your water pressure fixed in the Scranton or Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania area.

Low Water Pressure throughout Your Entire Home?

Is low water pressure an issue in other areas of your home as well? For this larger scale issue, contact a qualified plumber for assistance with determining the problem and identifying the best solution.

Increasing Water Pressure in Scranton, Pennsylvania

T.E. Spall & Son has been servicing homes throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania since 1985. You can rely on our team of plumbing experts to handle all of your needs!

Our number one goal is your satisfaction. We take extreme pride in our craftsmanship and love when customers tell our owners, Tom and Jean, how great their experience was. In fact, we stake our reputation the work we do, including any plumbing repairs in Scranton.

Read our customer testimonials to see what your neighbors are saying about our work!

When you need a plumber in the Scranton area to complete your home plumbing repairs, give us a call. Our team is here to help you with any plumbing repair you need, and no job is too big or small.

Call 877-591-7508 or contact us online to request service.

We provide plumbing repairs to the following areas: Archbald, Carbondale, Clarks Summit, Dunmore, Fleetville, Hawley, Honesdale, Kingston, Lenoxville, Moosic, Moscow, Scranton, Susquehanna, Tunkhannock, Union Dale, Wilkes-Barre.

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