Very little water comes out of my shower head, why?

It's always frustrating when you go to take a shower and it feels like almost no water comes out of the shower head. It's always good to know what is wrong with your bathroom plumbing and even better to know how to fix it. However, it is always better to call a plumber if you suspect there is a bigger problem than just a low flow shower head. Remember, by government mandates, today's shower heads use2.5 gallons of water per minute compared to shower heads of the past. However, contemporary showerheads should still put out an even flow of water, even if you would like more water flow, like from the older models.

So, if you have a newer model shower head that puts out less water over time, you may have other problems that exist besides the low water flow that they put out. This is because these low flow water showerheads put out so little water that they are more prone to clog with bits of dirt and rust. This is as opposed to their older counterparts.

If your shower head doesn't seem to perform anymore, there are a few things that you can do to fix the problem yourself. The first is to remove the head coming from the chrome pipe which projects out of the wall and check for dirt and rust. You may be surprised at what you will find. While the shower head is removed, it's a good idea to run the shower to blow out any residue in the pipes. Then reassemble the shower head and test for leaks. Leaks in the showerhead can make it run continuously. When this happens, the dirt and rust will still continue to accumulate. This is what makes your shower put out less and less water. If this procedure doesn't help, or seems too difficult, give us a call and we will be happy to help you get your shower up and running again.

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