How Can a Shower Head Affect Water Pressure?

Shower Water Pressure

Installing a new shower head is a simple project that does not require a huge expenditure of effort or money. If your shower head has not been upgraded within the last 5 years, then it is time to invest in an upgrade. In most modern bathrooms, the shower head is responsible for controlling the flow of water into your shower via a flow restrictor. There are strict federal and state laws in place that require manufacturers to limit the amount of water that a shower head can deliver within a specific amount of time. The goal of these regulations is to conserve precious natural resources. 

Old shower heads often contain ineffective or faulty flow restrictors, or the restrictors may be missing altogether. If the flow restrictor is missing, then the shower head can deliver too much water when a person showers, which results in expensive monthly water bills. If the flow restrictor is faulty, it can cause leakage around the shower head to occur. If the flow restrictor in your shower head cannot adequately control the flow of water, it can create a backup of pressure inside your pipes, which can result in internal leaks and necessitate a call for plumbing repair

Faulty Shower Heads Are Not The Only Factor That May Cause You To Lose Water Pressure

Although there can be a variety of reasons why the water pressure in your shower is too high or too low, most problems can easily be remedied by simply swapping out your shower head for a model that is designed for low pressure. These low pressure shower heads increase the velocity of the water, even when water pressure is too low, and it will ensure that you can take a relaxing, refreshing shower without using too much water. It will also ensure that your monthly water bill remains low too. 

Since you are using less water when you have a working flow restrictor, you will also be conserving the amount of hot water you are using. In addition to saving money on your water bill, you will be saving on your electric bill as well.

Even though changing your shower head can resolve most water pressure issues, you should not neglect proper maintenance and repair of your home’s plumbing system. Instead of attempting to fix a plumbing problem yourself, do it right the first time by contacting the trusted experts at Heaney Plumbing & Heating. With competitive prices and prompt, same day service, we have become one of the most recommended plumbing repair specialists in all of Metro Detroit. Contact us today!

Originally published on January 14, 2016 and revised on March 11, 2019.

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