Improve low water pressure: Shower Heads

We already talked about low water Pressure HERE and HERE, but this is a common problem is most of the houses so we are going to give you more tips on how to improve your Low Water Pressure Shower Heads.

The effects of low water pressure, may be offset and improved, by increasing the water flow through your shower heads.

Up until the mid to late 70′s it was standard practice for plumbers to use galvanized, iron pipe for water lines inside homes.  Over time, rust and mineral deposits build up like cholesterol in arteries.  This restricts the water flow through the water pipes in your house.

Although you can not do anything to clean out the buildup in your pipes, you still can try some things that may dramatically improve low water pressure by increasing the flow of water out your shower head.

Shower heads typically allow around 2.5 gallons per minute to pass.  Just inside where the shower head threads onto the hose or shower head extension pipe you will find the “water restrictor”.

Some shower heads have removable rubber rings that restrict the flow.  Be careful not to remove the large rubber gasket that seals the threaded shower head connection.!

By removing this small rubber (or plastic) insert, or simply increasing the diameter of the hole with a dill bit, you also increase the amount of water (GPM)  that can pass through it.  The bigger the hole(s) the more gallons per minutes.  Very logical right?  So it also should be obvious to you that this also will cause you to consume more water.   Dont increase the GPM too much by drilling the hole too big, or you will waste water!!

 

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Simply remove the shower head

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Remove the shower head from the hose or wall, most handhelds will unscrew by hand.  For wall mounted shower heads you will need some channel lock pliers to remove.

 

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Use a small screwdriver to remove the rubber water restrictor.  Water restrictors can look different.  But it is always the rubber or plastic insert that blocks the holes leading to the shower head.  You can also replace it with another one that will allow more water (GPM) or just use a drill bit a size bigger than the current diameter of the holes around where the water restrictor sits.

 

Then put the rubber restrictor back in place before reattaching the shower head.  No matter what approach you take, the idea is to allow more water to pass through it.  This increase in flow, or volume, will help compensate for, and improve the low water pressure in your shower.

 

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Use a small screwdriver to remove the rubber water restrictor.  Water restrictors can look different.  But it is always the rubber or plastic insert that blocks the holes leading to the shower head.  You can also replace it with another one that will allow more water (GPM) or just use a drill bit a size bigger than the current diameter of the holes around where the water restrictor sits.

 

Then put the rubber restrictor back in place before reattaching the shower head.  No matter what approach you take, the idea is to allow more water to pass through it.  This increase in flow, or volume, will help compensate for, and improve low water pressure in your shower.

 

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Comments

  1. Duane Warner says

    I just had my shower remodeled with a new moen faucet a shower head and the shower head pressure was really poor until I took the rubber ring out now the pressure is great thanks!

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