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Troubleshooting Intermittent Water Pressure Issues In The Shower

Patsy Peterson

Issues with water pressure levels in the shower can affect the joy of a hot shower, as well as indicate issues with the plumbing that can lead to further damage.

Signs of Shower Pressure Issues

Water pressure issues can be constant — such as a drop in pressure that doesn't recover — or it can be intermittent, which means the pressure loss comes and goes while the shower is running. Both issues are frustrating at best and indications of damage to the shower or your plumbing at worst.

There may be other issues that accompany loss of water pressure. A temperature change may accompany pressure loss, for example. or you may hear a rattling or knocking noise in the pipes during pressure fluctuations. Water discoloration is also a common issue that occurs in conjunction with pressure loss in the shower.

Causes of Uneven Water Pressure

Pressure drops are usually caused by one of three issues. The first is hard water scale blocking the emitters in the showerhead. If you suffer loss only in the shower but not from the faucet, this is likely the cause. Pressure may fluctuate as buildup flakes off and reforms.

The second common problem is a problem with one of the valves in the system. Diverter valves are present which either modulate the flow of hot and cold water or divert water from the faucet to the showerhead. Failure in either of these valves can cause uneven pressure. If the temperature gets colder when pressure drops, for example, the issue is in the hot-cold diverter. The other valve that affects pressure is the pressure regulator valve on the waterline. If it begins to fail, your water pressure may drop.

Finally, the third issue for water pressure loss is a leak in the waterline, which means less water is making it to your showerhead. Generally, leaks result in a sustained loss of water pressure, but occasionally it may seem intermittent if it is only affecting a cold water or hot water line since the temperature of your water may be set differently each time you use the shower.

Possible Solutions

Repair is typically simple. Hard water buildup, for example, simply needs to be cleaned out of the shower fixture so the water can flow easily again. You may also want to install a water softener to prevent it in the future. On the other hand, damage to valves or leaking lines requires a replacement of the damaged component. Your plumber will inspect the system to find the problem part so that it can be replaced with a working valve or new water line.

Contact a local contractor for more plumbing assistance with your shower water supply.


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