The Answer: Can Shower Heads Increase Water Pressure?


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Who doesn’t like to reenergize by taking a shower? For most people, a powerful shower is essential to start the day. If you are among those, you might have wondered how you can increase the water pressure of your shower.

You would be surprised that in most cases, your shower head is responsible for the water pressure.

Can Shower Heads Increase Water Pressure

Well, if you really want to know that at first, you need to check whether you have low water pressure in your shower. You can check it by a simple ‘gallons per minute’ test. After conducting the test, if you find that the water flow in your shower head is weaker than the standardized flow of your state, then you can take the following measures to increase the water pressure in your shower.

Replacing water restricting shower head

Your showerhead can be responsible for weaker water pressure if it is a low-flow showerhead or it has a shower filter or water restricting device installed.

You can easily replace your low-flow showerhead or can remove the water restricting device from your shower head. But you also need to check whether it is allowed in your state. To restrict water usage in our daily life, showerhead flows have been narrowed. So make sure you are not violating any law.

Cleaning the showerhead

Your showerhead can be clogged up by mineral deposits and scale and can cause low water flow in your shower. So you need to clean up your shower whenever you feel the shower water flow is decreasing.

To clean the showerhead, you can follow the following tips.

Rubbing the nozzle

Some showerheads have flexible nozzles which allow you to clean it easily. You can simply rub your finger on the nozzles or use a brush to clean the clogged nozzles.

Soaking in vinegar

You can fill a plastic bag with vinegar and then wrap it around the clogged shower head with a rubber band or a tape and then leave it for a couple of hours. After that, you can remove the plastic bag with vinegar and then turn on the water for a minute to clear the vinegar from the head.

If you can remove the showerhead, then you can soak it in a container with vinegar and leave it for a couple of hours.

Cleaning the filter screen

You can easily clean the filter screen by following the shower head manual. Usually, the filter screen is located in the showerhead where the pipe connects. At first, you need to remove the head to find the filter screen.

You can you brush out the screen or use tweezers or pliers to remove it from the pivot ball. After removing it run water in the screen and use a brush gently to clean it.

Conclusion

In most of the cases, the shower water head is responsible for low water flow. Regular cleaning can help you to get normal water flow, and it can also make you aware whether your shower head is responsible for weaker water flow.

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