4 Reasons You’re Struggling With San Diego Low Shower Pressure
Many people experience low water pressure in the shower or when they run their dishwashers. With low water pressure, you’re stuck with a stream that doesn’t seem to get hard enough to wash off the soap and another shampoo residue from your hair. While this can be frustrating, it’s not as bad as dealing with no shower pressure. Let our plumbers help you.
Here are four reasons why you might have low water pressure.
1) Poor Plumbing Design & Installation Problems
Installing pipes under sinks incorrectly can reduce the amount of water flow through them by as much as 50%. This problem is compounded if there are multiple fixtures on one pipe (as in most kitchen setups). When too many fixtures use the same line, each fixture has to share the same amount of water, which reduces pressure. If a pipe is too small or blocked by debris, less water can move through it.
2) Water Heater Problems
Older-style heaters may not have been designed for today’s faucets and showers. Without proper insulation, heat transfer will sap some of your hot water’s energy before it ever reaches your shower, limiting the amount that can flow from each tap. Improper gas connections or pilot lights could also be hampering your shower pressure
3) Cold-Water Supply Lines Leaking
Even if all your fixtures work well together in unison, you still need a supply line to provide enough hot water at an adequate temperature for each fixture. When a supply line runs for too long or has too many joints, it can lose enough heat to reduce its maximum throughput. Leaky pipes, valves, and joints create pressure drops that slow the flow of water through your system.
4) Pressure-Reducing Valves Installed Improperly
These valves control how much pressure comes into your home to protect fixtures from tearing apart under extremely high pressure or ingesting excessive amounts of air when they’re left open. If these valves are installed improperly, they may not be fully closed or offer consistent pressure reduction throughout your house.
5) High Flow Rate Fixtures May Cause Low Shower Pressure
High flow rate fixtures like showerheads and faucets cause low shower pressure as well. When too much water is flowing through one outlet, the flow rate becomes slow. This is because your pipe and plumbing system was designed only for a certain amount of pressure to be distributed in a home. When you have more than one of these high-flow fixtures put on the same circuit, they reduce each other’s water pressure even further.
Contact 1st Response Plumber today at (858) 203-0930 to schedule an appointment for plumbing system repairs if you are having issues with shower pressure. We would be glad to give you a free estimate on our services and answer any questions you may have.