Long luxurious hot showers can come to a halt quickly when you suddenly lose water pressure in your shower. If you have had it happen to you in the past, you know that trickling water makes it very difficult to rinse off, let alone relax at the end of a long day.
Here are 5 ways to fix or prevent water pressure loss from happening in your shower:
Install a Thermostatic Mixing Valve
Many showers have a pressure balancing valve, which will adjust the water pressure for the hot water automatically when the pressure of the cold water is affected by a flushing toilet or other water usage. That valve is not always ideal, which is why we recommend installing one of the new thermostatic mixing valves. This new type of valve will keep the water in your shower consistent even when one of your children flushes the toilet numerous times.
Diverter Valve is Malfunctioning
The diverter valve transfers the water from the bathtub faucet up to the showerhead, and it can malfunction or break after a while. Once that happens, you will not have full water pressure coming out of your showerhead.
Water Pressure Reduction Valve is Malfunctioning
The water pressure reduction valve is located by the main water line of your house. Once this valve malfunctions or breaks, you will lose water pressure throughout your entire home.
There are times when your showerhead can become clogged, and when that happens, less water will be able to flow through. This is normally easy to fix, because you can soak it in a cleaning solution for a few hours to remove the dirt and mineral deposits.
If you suddenly lose water pressure when taking a shower, and hear water running when the water isn’t on, you may have a broken pipe. This should be considered an emergency and you will want to shut off your water supply and call a plumber immediately. A broken pipe can cause significant damage to the rest of your house quickly.
Plumbing Service in Los Angeles
A couple of these water pressure issues can be easily fixed without the help of a professional, but most of them will require you to make a phone call sooner than later. No one wants to take a shower with anything less than excellent water pressure, so don’t make yourself suffer for too long. The fix may be easier than you think, and you will soon be able to enjoy your showers once again. Call us at 310-644-9757 to schedule an appointment for a consultation. We’ll check out your water pressure problems and help devise a plan to fix them.