Causes And Solutions For Low Water Pressure In A Shower

When you take a shower, do you get frustrated because the water pressure is really low? If so, this is a common problem, but it can be fixed. The first step is determining what is causing the pressure to be so low, and the second step is making the necessary repairs to fix the problem. There are many things that can lead to low water pressure in a shower, and here are some of the common causes.

Old Plumbing

If you are experiencing low water pressure with all your faucets, especially when more than one faucet is being used, it is probably due to old plumbing. Old plumbing systems were often installed with very few trunks, which means all the water supplied to your faucets are coming from the same pipe. Because of this, you are likely to have problems with all faucets when more than one faucet is in use.

In addition to this, if all faucets have low water pressure, it could be a problem with your water supply or water pump. It could also be due to a buildup of minerals in your pipes. Older homes often have galvanized steel pipes, which can be problematic over time. If this is the case, you may need to have a plumber replace some of the pipes in your home.

If you are only having problems with low water pressure in your shower, it is probably not caused by these reasons.

Clogged Shower Head

One of the main reasons showers lose water pressure is due to calcium and minerals that form inside the shower head. This problem happens easier and faster when the water in a home is really hard.

The best solution for this is to clean your shower head on a regular basis. If you can remove the shower head, you can place it in a bowl of plain white vinegar. Letting it soak in the vinegar will help loosen the minerals, which will make it easier for you to wipe them off.

If you cannot remove the shower head, you could fill a small plastic bag with vinegar and attach it to the shower head with a rubber band. This method does not provide a cleaning as thorough as the first method, but it will help.

Second Floor Shower

When a bathroom is located on the second floor of a house, it may have low water pressure due to elevation issues. Water must travel upwards to the shower, which leads to a loss of pressure.

This can be a difficult problem to solve, because it may require moving your water tank. If your water tank is located in the basement, moving it to the first floor of your home may help a little, but the ultimate solution would be to move the water tank to the second floor of your house.


If your low water pressure problem is not caused by any of the reasons listed so far, there is a chance it may be occurring due to a leak somewhere in the system. When there are leaks in fresh water supply lines, water pressure will be lost. As the water leaks out of the pipes, less water is transported to the shower.

The only way to fix this is to locate the leak and repair the pipe. This can be difficult to do, unless you know exactly where the leak is located.

Some of these problems may be simple enough for you to fix on your own. If you cannot find the problem or cannot fix the problem, you could always hire a plumber to come and fix it for you. 

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Having a house that only has two bathrooms and three teenage girls reached a point where I thought I was going to lose my mind. In all seriousness, I thought I was going to go crazy listening to the girls battle over whose turn it was to shower or who used whose makeup. After several months of dealing with the insanity every single day, I finally talked my husband into hiring a plumber to run the plumbing we needed to install a third bathroom. Adding a bathroom was a lot of work, but it was worth it. Our blog will help you understand what goes into adding a bathroom to your home.