Low water pressure easily becomes an extreme inconvenience. This inconvenience occurs because low pressure water coming out of showerheads and sink spouts will not rinse away soap or other residues as well as higher water pressure water will. Whether you suffer low water pressure in your shower, tub or sinks, you can remedy this problem yourself without needing to hire an expensive plumbing service.
Things You'll Need
- Pipe wrench
- Bucket or bowl
- Wire-bristled pipe cleaner
- Replacement high pressure fixtures (optional)
Turn off the water supply to the house. Use a pipe wrench to remove the faucet covers and showerheads. Small debris from the pipes or minerals in the water supply often clog up the tiny holes in the faucet or showerhead and cause a reduction in water pressure.
Place buckets or cups underneath the pipes so that you may flush the pipes without spilling water everywhere. Turn the water on and allow it to run for several seconds to push out any debris in the water lines.
Take apart the showerhead or faucet spout to clean out any debris in these fixtures that may be causing a clog. Unscrew the pieces of the spout and showerhead and remove the internal pieces by poking the small plastic disk inside with a pencil. Pay attention to how the disk sits and in what direction so you can replace the disk later.
Submerge the faucets and showerheads in a mixture of warm water and vinegar to help break caked-up deposits of hard-water minerals. Allow the fixtures to sit in the water for two to three hours to soak away the hard-water deposits.
Scrub the inside of the faucet and showerhead fixtures after they finish soaking. Run a wire pipe cleaner into or through the fixture to knock loose any remaining hard-water deposits clogging the fixtures.
Reassemble the showerhead or sink faucet fixtures to reattach them to their appropriate places. Set the plastic disks back into place, facing in the same direction as when you removed them from inside the fixtures. This is crucial to the operation of the fixtures.
Reattach the fixtures, using the pipe wrench to tighten the pipes and any nuts or bolts that hold the fixtures in place. Turn the water on again and place your hand under the faucet to see if your efforts produced better water pressure or not.
Tips & Warnings
- If this does not remedy your low water pressure problems, you may need to replace the old faucets and showerheads with new or high-pressure fixtures.
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