Get Rid of Poor Shower Water Pressure

Causes of Low Water Pressure in the Shower

There’s a reason hotels often list good water pressure in the shower as an amenity. People want water pressure that’s high enough to work out sore muscles and let them relax while they shower. If a homeowner expects to have normal water pressure in their home’s shower and then finds it has suddenly dropped, it’s essential to get to the bottom of the cause of the low shower water pressure. This blog post will share some of the most common causes of low water pressure in the shower.

Water Heater 

water heaterWhen a home’s water pressure drops, one place plumbers will check is the hot water heater to see if it’s causing the problem. If the water pressure issues occur only with the hot water, this is likely the cause. Three common problems with water heaters that can impact the water pressure are sediment buildup, clogs, and problems with the valves.

If the water pressure has decreased over time, it may be from a buildup of minerals in the tank. This sediment can take up space in the tank, leaving less space for water storage. To resolve this issue, plumbers will drain and flush the tank to remove the debris. If the water pressure suddenly drops, it can be due to the shut-off valve being closed or partially closed. This issue can be corrected easily, and proper water flow should be restored. Another problem plumbers will check for is a clog in the pipes connected to the water heater. This blockage can restrict water flow and cause low pressure in the shower. 


Low water pressure in the shower may also indicate a leak in the water line. Upon arriving at a house, the plumber might start their inspection by asking the homeowners questions to see if there is evidence of plumbing leaks. If the low water pressure occurs with multiple plumbing fixtures, this is a likely cause.

After talking to the homeowners, plumbers will then perform leak detection. They have various tools to check for leaks, including video cameras, infrared leak detectors, and ultrasonic leak detectors. These devices allow plumbers to quickly and non-invasively check the water lines for cracks and leaks that could be causing water pressure problems. 


showerIf the low water pressure is limited to the shower alone and with both hot and cold water, the showerhead is likely the cause. Plumbers and homeowners may start by looking for buildup on the showerhead that can clog the tiny holes and restrict the water flow. The minerals and sediment that can cause issues for the water heater without proper maintenance can also get stuck in the showerhead.  

If it is a newer showerhead, plumbers may also check the installation to ensure it was installed correctly. Clogged showerheads can be cleaned by soaking them in vinegar, but if the showerhead is already old, it may be time to replace it altogether. Installing new showerheads can be beneficial as many new low-flow showerheads save water without sacrificing good water pressure. 

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