How To Increase Water Pressure In The Shower

Taking a shower with low water pressure is an unpleasant experience – especially if you’re someone who looks forward to taking a long, relaxing shower. If you’re looking to fix this bothersome problem, we’re here to help. Trust our expertise on how you can increase water pressure in the shower.

How Can I Make My Water Pressure Stronger?

The simple answer to this question is yes, you can make your water pressure stronger. The more complex answer is that it largely depends on what is causing your low water pressure. Increasing low water pressure could be as quick as adjusting the pressure-reducing valve on your main line or as complicated as installing a pressure booster. 

What Causes Low Water Pressure In The Shower?

Nobody wants to take a shower with low water pressure. The faster you learn the cause of poor water pressure, the quicker you can fix the problem. Common causes of low water pressure in the shower include the following: 

  • Corroded or leaky pipes
  • Mineral buildup obstructing your shower head
  • Unintentionally closed valves
  • Stuck or worn-out valves
  • Damaged water pressure regulator

Does Changing The Shower Head Increase Water Pressure?

Changing your shower head will only increase water pressure if the shower head itself is causing problems. For instance, if you previously used a low-pressure shower head, installing one that is not low-pressure may solve the problem. Similarly, replacing a shower head clogged by minerals with a new one will fix any issues.

However, if your low water pressure is caused by something other than the shower head (such as leaky pipes, valve issues, or problems with your water pressure regulator), changing your shower head will not affect water pressure. 

Ways To Increase Water Pressure In The Shower

  • Clean Your Shower Head. Quickly removing and cleaning your shower head is the first step you should take if you’re having problems with water pressure. Make sure to scrub the inside and outside of the shower head to ensure you remove all mineral buildup. 
  • Check Your Valves. If you’ve recently had plumbing work done on your home, a valve may have been shut off and not fully reopened. Check that your shut-off valves are open by looking under sinks and near your water heater. You should also check valves for any signs of corrosion or damage. 
  • Switch Shower Heads. If you’ve been using a low-pressure shower head, buying a new one that isn’t low-pressure is an easy fix to your problem. 
  • Change Your Shower Hose. Shower hoses carry water to your shower head. If they get dented or damaged, it can affect the water flow in your shower. If you’re experiencing low water pressure in the shower, check your shower hose and replace it if you notice any damage. 
  • Install A Water Pressure Booster. You might have low water pressure because that’s the way your home is built. Luckily, a water pressure booster pump can increase your water pressure. 

Fix Your Water Pressure – Get A Free Estimate

Stop dreading the shower by fixing its low water pressure now. A professional plumber can help you understand what’s causing low water pressure and fix the problem. 

Phend Plumbing is a plumbing specialist in the Phoenix Valley area. With offices in Mesa-Phoenix and Gilbert, Arizona, our family-owned business has years of experience helping homeowners and businesses with all their plumbing needs. We offer up-front pricing and fast, professional work. Call us at 480-388-6093 or contact us online for a fast, free estimate on increasing water pressure in the shower.