You flick on the bathroom lights, yawn, toss off your clothes and step in the shower. It’s time to wake yourself up before you head to work. You turn the valve expecting a blast of refreshing water to rouse you but, to your disappointment, the water drizzles out…hopefully a strong cup of coffee will salvage your morning because there’s no way your shower is going to wake you up now. So you suck it up. Accept the fact your shower will take twice as long, and pray you won’t bump into this problem tomorrow.
Does this situation sound familiar? Low water pressure, as we all know, can be nothing short of a nightmare. No doubt it can start your day off on the wrong foot, which is why it’s vital to figure out what’s causing the problem in the first place. If you’re clueless, here’s a few typical culprits that may be sabotaging your mornings, and how to reconcile them.
If you’re like most people, you either shower first thing in the morning, or last thing in the evening. For this reason, it should come as no surprise that your water pressure is low, as there’s a strong chance everyone in your building or neighborhood is showering at this time too. And if they’re not showering, they may be watering their lawns or doing laundry at the same time, causing low water pressure for everyone.
Solution: It’s worth experimenting with your shower schedule to see if this is the problem. With that said, the solution is simple: if you shower before you eat breakfast at 7am and typically get low water pressure, slightly adjust your schedule. Instead eat breakfast and grab a cup of coffee first, then hit the shower at 7:15 or 7:30. This small adjustment can be applied to whatever time of day you shower, and it may just eliminate your problem completely.
THE SHOWER HEAD
Oh, the innocent looking shower head. As it sits sweet and quietly above your head, how could it possibly be causing any problems? Well, more often than you may think. There could be a number of ways the shower head could be the source of your low water pressure. Believe it or not, a good deal of shower heads are actually designed to restrict the flow of water—in an effort to save water. Of course, this isn’t the only way a shower head could be causing water pressure issues. It could also simply be that the inner components of the shower head may be clogged.
Solution: First, test your other water sources to see if the shower head is the only one with the water pressure problem. That means test the bathroom faucet, tub spout and kitchen sink. Are they having flow issues too? If not, then there’s a good chance the issue could simply be your shower head. In which case, you’ll need to inspect it. Remove the shower head, look for any clogs or blockages and then clean accordingly. If the pressure is still low after this, you may want to try and remove the flow restrictors or widen the washers inside of the head with a drill.
If all this sounds like too much trouble for its own good and you’d rather just replace the shower head, we would highly recommend our X Jet shower. The X Jet uses up to 35% less water than a normal shower head without reducing the power of the spray. The result is a spray that is powerful, regardless of external water pressure issues.
Could it be that your low water pressure is completely out of your control? Yes, it could. Your neighborhood or building (if you live in a condo or apartment) could very well be the source of the problem. But how do you know if this is the case? Well, it’s actually quite simple.
Solution: Talk to your neighbors. Ask several of them if they’re experiencing the same low water pressure as you, and if they are, there’s a good chance the problem is where you live. In this case you don’t have a lot of options, and we would highly encourage you to give the X Jet a try. As mentioned, it uses up to 35% less water than a typical shower head while providing a powerful spray. So this simple switch may just fix your water pressure issues for good.
If none of the above options work, then it’s time to move to plan B—call your plumber. From water leaks to faulty pipes, there could be a number of issues within your home that could be causing the low pressure. An expert is likely needed to resolve the situation.
Whatever the cause of your low water pressure, there’s no need to let it continually ruin your mornings. We hope these ideas will help you fix the problem. And regardless, if you’re looking to experience one of the best showers money can buy, why not give X Jet a try? While it is known for its ability to boost water pressure, it also provides a cascade spray that feels similar to showering under a waterfall. You can check it out right here.