Published on January 15, 2018

How to Increase Your Low Shower Pressure

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Are you dealing with water pressure issues in your shower? Low water pressure makes it harder to wash the shampoo and conditioner away. If your shower pressure is becoming a chronic problem don’t despair, there are solutions to your problem. Determining the cause of the issue is necessary before fixing the problem.

Here are several ways to identify the low water pressure in your home.

Pressure valve

If you use a pressure balancing valve for the plumbing in your home you might experience a drop in pressure and temperature change in the water. For example, when the toilet is flushed the pressure balancing valve takes a few seconds to adjust and during this time the water could turn very hot or cold in the shower because the valve isn’t getting the balance of water that it needs in that moment. This valve mixes hot and cold water to create the perfect temperature and pressure level with the risk of water pressure interruptions in other fixtures. If the hot and cold waters are not properly being balanced then you can replace the cartridge.

Ask your local Brevard County plumber at Sun Plumbing to upgrade your valve to the thermostatic mixing valve to solve your problem altogether. The thermostatic mixing valve allows you to select a temperature to maintain, preventing the water from becoming scalding hot or ice cold.

Diverter valve

The diverter valve switches water from your bathtub faucet to your showerhead. This pertains to you if you have a bathtub and shower combo. If you have full water pressure from your bathtub faucet and little water pressure coming from your showerhead this could mean that you need to repair or replace your diverter valve. This valve can break after being used for numerous years or the valve won’t be able to fully open to let all of the water through.

Valve adjustment

If your water pressure drops in all of the fixtures in your home then you may need to take a look at your main water line. Some homes have a water pressure reduction valve that connects to the main water line and if it breaks or malfunctions then you will need a professional to make the necessary repairs.

Broken pipe

This is the worst case scenario for a low water pressure issue. A broken pipe could cause leaking water and then lead to more serious damage to the walls of your home. If you notice any sudden changes in your water pressure then please give your plumber a call right away.

If you’re in Melbourne or Viera, Florida, be sure to call us at Sun Plumbing if you’re unsure of how to proceed with your plumbing.

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