The smallest amount of pressure loss in your shower can be an annoyance, even if it is simply a short disruption due to a flushed toilet. Below are some ways of fixing and preventing this common issue due to several different causes.
Clogged Showerhead or Pipe
Remove your shower head and soak it in a cleaning solution for 10 minutes, then use a toothbrush to scrub away. Stains, bacteria and debris are often caused by hard water.
Pressure Balancing Valve
New shower head models often adjust water pressure automatically, which can cause a brief fluctuation in water pressure. When someone flushes your toilet and you feel the water pressure decrease, that is due to nearby fixtures causing water pressure interruptions. Investing in a thermostatic mixing valve that provides separate controls for water pressure and temperature is recommended to prevent pressure loss.
Worst-case scenario is that you have an obstructed or broken pipe. It is recommended to search the floors, walls and ceilings for water stains. This is a sign that broken or leaky pipes are the root of your issue. In this case, you should have your pipes inspected by a professional.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding a decrease in shower pressure, or have a general plumbing question, call Nebrasky Plumbing, Heating and Cooling at 1-800-989-0299.