If you try using the hot water in your shower and suddenly notice a lack of water pressure, then this is a sign that you have an issue that needs to be resolved. Low water pressure can be caused by a wide variety of things, but you can start to examine and repair the issue with a few simple tricks.
Replace The Aerator
Shower heads are made with government regulations in mind. Specifically, the head can only release 2.5 gallons of water per minute by law. These laws help to reduce both water and energy waste. To help produce a refreshing shower, the heads are fitted with aerators. These devices help to mix air with the water to create a more widespread stream of fluid. In essence, the aerator is a small screen with holes in it. The water is forced through the holes to widen the stream and to help air mix in.
Aerator holes can easily become clogged with debris, and this will reduce the flow of water coming out of your shower head. If the head is an older model or if you have not changed the aerator screen in some time, then do this now. Turn off the water that feeds into your bathroom and twist off the shower head. Look for a rubber washer at the base of the head where it screws into the shower. Remove the washer and also the small metal screen underneath. Look for white deposits on the screen. If you see them, then take the screen to your local home store and find a replacement. Add the replacement into the shower head and reattach it.
Clear Sediment From Your Water Heater
If you know that you have hard water, but do not see any residue on the aerator screen, then you may have an issue with minerals forming a layer of sediment in your water heater. This sediment can move through the pipes. The minerals can then deposit in the pipes and reduce water flow.
To increase water flow, you will need to break up the mineral deposits both in the water heater and in the pipes leading to your shower. You can do this with vinegar. Start by shutting off the cold water inlet valve so water does not flow into the water heater. Go to your bathroom and run your faucet (on hot) for two minutes. This will drain some of the water from the tank. Afterwards, remove the anode rod from the top of the water heater so you can access the tank.
Pour three to four gallon jugs of white vinegar in the tank. Allow the vinegar to sit for 15 minutes to remove the tank residue. Turn the cold water inlet valve back on and run water through the shower for 15 minutes. The vinegar will move through the pipe attached to the shower as well as the shower head itself to remove mineral deposits.
For additional information, contact a plumbing service like Allcounty Plumbing & Heating Corp.