There's nothing quite like unwinding before bed after a long day with a nice, warm, high-pressure shower. Or maybe you're a morning shower-taker, and that steamy stream of hot water is just the jolt you need to kick off your day. But by the same token, a bad shower experience can certainly get under your skin after a while.
When you have tried the common household tricks and your water pressure still is not improving your water pressure check out these quick tips that might help you optimize your shower experience.
Take out your flow restrictor
One of the most common shower-related problems is weak water pressure. When your shower stream is too gentle, it makes the task of rinsing off all those suds a little more time consuming.
An easy solution to improve shower pressure is to remove the flow restrictor. This is a fairly straightforward process that can be done with a few household tool such as pliers or a pipe wrench to disassemble the shower head.
You will know you found the restrictor when you see a white plastic disk with a small hole in the middle of it. The way it restricts your waterflow is that the white disk only allows water to flow through the small hole in the middle. By removing this you can improve and increase your water flow and pressure.
While removing the restrictor will quickly improve water pressure, it will come at a price. For instance, your water bill could increase significantly over the course of a month and you'll also notice substantially increased humidity in the bathroom during showers, which may damage paint, wall paper, mirrors and plumbing fixtures over time.
Another alternative for homes that inherently have low water pressure is to invest in an amplifying shower head. These are water efficient and easy to install, and they will help you make the most of your shower experience.
Get some new hardware
Unusual fluctuations in shower temperature can be extremely unpleasant. No one wants their relaxing evening ruined with a cold shower, or to be unexpectedly greeted by scalding water on a hot summer afternoon.
Often, temperature fluctuations are caused by the use of another appliance such as a toilet or a washing machine. By installing a pressure-balancing valve it would ensure that the lapse in cold water pressure wouldn't cause the shower stream to become too hot. It does this by obstructing the hot water valve to balance out the pressure.
Unfortunately, if this isn't the problem, it could be a sign that there is an issue with your water heater. If you seem to only be able to take half of a shower before the cold creeps in, you might not have a large enough tank. Alternatively, there could be a maintenance issue, such as a broken pilot burner, or something else.
When all else fails, call in a professional. They'll help you identify the problem so that you can make the most of your shower.
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