May 20th, 2020
A hot shower is a great way to start your day… but not when the water pressure is low! There are several reasons why the water pressure in your home might be low. In this blog, we’ll share some things that you can try at home to improve it, and let you know when it’s time to call a plumber!
Build-up in the shower system
The first thing that you should do yourself is to check that there aren’t any clogs in the shower pipes. Using cleaning products or vinegar, cleaning out the shower pipes will make sure that there’s nothing blocking the water flow.
It could also be that the shower head needs cleaning, to get rid of any sediment or limescale build up. This can also be done with baking soda and vinegar. As we mentioned in a previous post, just fill a bag (like a sandwich bag) and tie it around the shower head, leave it to sink in overnight and then gently scrub in the morning.
After you’ve done both steps, run the shower to see if the pressure has improved. You could also try replacing the shower head at this point if it’s old or you plan to do it anyway!
Check the water valve
Most homes have a main water valve near the water meter. If you can locate this yourself, check the valve and make sure it’s still fully open. Sometimes, the valve gets knocked or is closed for maintenance reasons and for some reason, it hasn’t been switched back on.
Whilst this is unlikely, it could be that the water system in your area is experiencing an issue like a leak or a build-up. You could always speak to your neighbours and take a look at your water supplier’s website to see if others are experiencing the same problem.
Get the water pressure tested
If you’ve done all of the steps above and low water pressure is still an issue, it’s worth testing the water pressure. A basic test way to test this yourself is to put a litre measuring jug in the shower and turn it on fully. If it takes more than six seconds to fill, you have low water pressure.
Of course – it’s also worth calling a professional at this point to help you to diagnose and fix the problem!
Install a shower pump
Sometimes the easiest and cheapest way to fix water pressure in the shower is to buy and install a good-quality shower pump. When you turn the water on, it leaves the tank and activates the pump at the same time. Then before it comes out of the shower, it goes through the pump which boosts the water pressure before it reaches you. But shower pumps can be expensive and are difficult for an amateur to install correctly! They’re another method that is best left to a plumbing professional.
If you’re having problems with low water pressure or any other issues with your water supply, our expert team of plumbers are on hand to help. We can identify the cause of the problem and we will always recommend the most cost-efficient solution for you!
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