Imagine a sensational flow of water around your shoulder through the hair… no doubt, it’s one of the best feelings you may feel!
But if the water level is low, nothing can be as frustrating as that. It doesn’t matter how wonderful your shower looks; with lower water pressure,you can barely rinse away the soap and shampoo from your body.
Fortunately, there are plenty of options on how to increase water pressure in the shower head and have a perfect shower experience.
In this article, we’ll discuss the process of identifying water pressure, reasons for causing low water pressure, and the process of solving this problem.
Let’s get the ball rolling!
How to Test Water Pressure in Your Home?
Testing the water pressure is a simple process. You’ll need only a stopwatch and a bucket with a measurement scale. A transparent bucket is preferable. If you have that, it’s time to start the measuring process.
- Step 1
At first, turn off every device of your apartment which consumes water.
- Step 2
Now place the bucket under the showerhead and turn the water on. It allows a steady stream of water to enter the bucket. And it avoids water wastage and helps to get a proper reading.
- Step 3
Turn on the water to full capacity and let it run for at least 30 seconds. It ensures that your water will flow with maximum pressure during the testing process. Then, through away the remaining water of your bucket.
- Step 4
Now,place the bucket under the showerhead again and start the stopwatch and turn on the water to full speed.
- Step 5
Let it run for exactly one minute.
- Step 6
Now measure the deposited water of the bucket. For example, suppose the bucket has 2.5 liters of water.
- Step 7
Convert the liter unit into the gallon. The conversion rate will be as 1 Liter equals 0.264172 gallons.If your calculation results in 2 gallons, then your water pressure is 2 GPM (gallons per minute).
What Causes Low Water Pressure?
Before attempting to increase the water pressure, it’s important to identify the source of the problem. Here I’ve listed the main culprits behind facing a lower water pressure. Check the list –
- Clogged shower heads
- Narrow water supply pipe
- Water leakage
- Pressure tank problem
- Short cycling
How to Increase Water Pressure in Shower Head?
If your measurement says you’re getting a lower water pressure, it’s time to troubleshoot that. To overcome that problem, follow the tips below.
Check the Aerator
Checking the faucet aerator is the first thing you should check before starting the troubleshooting. The blockage aerators are one of the major reasons to get water pressure in your bathroom.
If you notice any corrosion, dust, or sediment inside the aerator, clean that as soon as possible. Use some WD-40 in case you can’t remove the aerator from the hand.
Clean the Clogged Shower Head
The clogged shower head is a common reason for lower water pressure. If there’s no problem with your aerator, it’s time to check your shower head.
The shower heads may get clogged because of the components of natural water, such as Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, and a few other materials. You will need a mixture of white vinegar and mineral water to get rid of the clogged shower head.
Replace the Shower Head
Cleaning the clogged shower head may solve your problem. If it doesn’t increase the pressure, it’s time to change the entire head.Technically it’s not a full repair. But it is an easy way to increase the water pressure.
However, before purchasing a new shower head, make sure that the new one has a larger opening. It helps to get more water during your bathing.
Fix Water Leakages
Water leakage is a very common reason to get lower water pressure in your bathroom. But finding the leakage area isn’t a piece of cake. You have to check the entire water supply line to find that leakage.
Remember, there might be multiple leakages on your supply pipe, so don’t sit idle after finding only one leakage. Check the whole line thoroughly.Most importantly, you have to repair that leakage as soon as possible. Because the leaked water not only reduces the water pressure but also damage your wall as days go by.
Adjust the Main Shut-off Valve
The main shut-off valve indicates how much water will flow in your house. Make sure that the main shut-off valve is at full speed. It increases the water supply on your shower head, and thus you’ll get comparatively better water pressure on your shower.
Otherwise, it’ll have a negative impact on your shower. Keeping the shut-off valve at full speed will eliminate your problem. It’s a quick fix that anyone can handle at home without any professional help.
Remove the Flow Regulator
The flow regulator is comparatively a newer addition on the shower head. This regulator controls how much water will flow via your shower head. It is a handy tool to reduce water wastage. Nonetheless, it could be a nightmare if it reduces the water pressure more than you need.
To get rid of that problem, you have to remove that flow regulator. You can look at the user manual to find out the location of that flow regulator of your shower head. However, it’s comparatively easy to locate. Usually,these regulators come with a relatively brighter color than the other components of the shower panel.
Reduce Water Consumption
If you still can’t increase the water pressure, it’s time to check how water is being used during your shower.
Maybe someone didn’t turn off the kitchen or bathroom faucet, perhaps someone is running the dishwasher, or could be a massive amount of laundry is being washed. If so many things are happening at the same time, no wonder that you will face a lower water pressure.
Install a Water Pressure Booster System
If all of these tips fail to increase your water pressure, you have only one option remaining. And that is installing a new water pressure booster. These pressure boosters increase the water pressure in your supply line, and they will help you to get your preferred level of pressure.
Before purchasing the pressure booster, take a close look at the PSI level of that booster. An ideal pressure booster can deliver your water within the 45-55 PSI range.
Getting a perfect water pressure from your shower will require some trial and error. As the reasons for your water pressure may vary, you should give a try to each of the solutions described above.
Only one tip is all you need!