Improve Shower-Head flow rate

Improve Shower-Head flow rate

To improve shower-head flow rate and remove the build up of mineral deposits found in tap water, tie a plastic bag containing white vinegar around the shower-head and leave it over night.  The acetic acid in the vinegar will dissolve the deposits and leave your shower-head sparkling and return its water delivery rate back to original.

  1. Place a plastic bag filled with white distilled vinegar over the shower head.
  2. Attach a twist tie around the shower head arm to hold the bag in place.
  3. Allow the shower head to soak in the vinegar for one to two days.
  4. Remove the bag and turn the shower head on full force.

Repeat these steps as required, depending upon the amount of deposits which can be seen on the shower-head.  It may need three or four repeats, and wont damage the shower-head even if repeated too often.

What causes low water pressure in my shower?

Low water pressure usually results when you’ve been forced to turn on two different plumbing fixtures at the same time, whether they are the outside garden hose, the kitchen/bathroom sink, the toilet, or even the shower. Although your water pressure may be sufficient when only one fixture is operational, you’ll definitely notice a drop in water flow when the second fixture comes into use.

In most cases low water pressure affects you in many other areas around the house. If low water pressure is affecting only your shower head, you should check for an obstruction in the shower head or see if your shower head has a water conservation filter installed.

Otherwise when demand for water is high (such as in the morning or early evenings) pressure can be lower than during the rest of the day. There can also be problems during dry spells when people use hose-pipes or sprinklers to water their gardens.

Other causes of low pressure can include:

  • Inadequate pumping facilities
  • Water mains that are too small
  • Reduced pressure from the water main as a result of leakage, equipment failures or blocked service pipes