Low water pressure at the shower head is a common complaint. If youve ever had low shower pressure before you know what I mean. Not being able to rinse properly, or just feeling like your shower is dribbling out so weak, and taking forever to wash your hair is annoying.
If you have low shower pressure problems, the FIRST thing you want to check is the shower head.
Since the 1990s shower head manufacturers have been forced to comply with water saving compliance’s. All shower heads are restricted to 2.5 gallons per minute. There are often restrictions located in the shower-head that can get clogged with sediment and debris. To check this, just unscrew the shower head from the shower arm and remove any debris with a pick, or rinse the shower head out in hot water and tap it on a hard surface to dislodge any clogged particles.
The difference between water pressure and water flow.
Water flow is the SPEED and VOLUME at which water flows out from the tap. This is measured in volume per time. The 2.5 gallons per minute restriction is a FLOW restriction, NOT a pressure restriction!
Water Pressure is the force of the water, often measured in pounds pre square inch. There is a direct relationship between water flow and water pressure, but they are not the same thing! You can have low water flow at very high pressure, and you can have high water flow at fairly low pressure.
Pressure can be as high as you want, as long as it is safe. There a number of high-pressure shower heads on the market that can deliver high water pressure without wasting water with high water flow!
High Pressure, low flow, shower heads.
If you have done all you can to fix your existing shower head, and you still are not satisfied with the pressure, there are a number of specialty shower heads on the market that are designed specifically to boost shower pressure. They work by taking the existing water flow and pressure and forcing it into small streams. This has the effect of multiplying the pressure of the force of the water. Have you ever had your thumb over a water hose to get a high pressure jet stream of water? Well that is exactly the effect that these shower heads are going for. By restricting the flow into smaller jets, the pressure per space is increased and these tiny jets can boost a weak shower into an exhilarating experience.
Buy one of these specialty low flow, high pressure shower heads and report back the difference youve noticed.