5 Tips to Improve Water Pressure in Your Shower

After a long exhausting day or after a long restful night of sleep, there’s nothing like a refreshing shower. You get in your shower and stand under your showerhead only to be greeted by a lackluster dribble of water.

Luckily, most causes of low water pressure can easily be fixed and are often inexpensive.

Here are five tips from the trusted plumbing experts at Chas Roberts that will help you restore the water pressure in your shower.

1.    Clean Your Shower Head

One of the most effective ways to increase water pressure in your shower is by simply cleaning out the mineral build up in your showerhead.

To clean, unscrew your showerhead and with a toothbrush or similar tool, scrub any sediment from inside. If your showerhead has a filter, you’ll want to remove and clean that as well.

If there is visible build up on the shower head, we recommend that you fill a bowl with vinegar and completely submerge the shower head and leave it to soak overnight.

After thoroughly cleaning your showerhead, screw it back on and assess the water pressure.

2.    Check for Leaks and Kinks

Inspecting your showerhead hose for any leaks or kinks is another quick fix to improve the water pressure in your shower.

If your shower has a flexible line instead of pipes, kinks can easily form and thus prevent the flow of water.

Additionally, leaky plumbing pipes can reduce the amount of water that reaches your shower and can cause costly water damage.

At Chas Roberts we offer a 10-point inspection for homeowners to prevent costly repairs. It includes:

  • Water quality test
  • Water heater check
  • Water softener check
  • Reverse osmosis check
  • Shutoff valve check
  • Supply line check
  • Toilet check
  • And more

If any issues are found, they’ll be addressed with you directly and together, we’ll help you decide your next course of action.

3.    Remove Water Flow Restrictors

The use of low-flow showerheads is increasing in popularity due to requirements outlined in the United States Energy Policy Act of 1992.

These types of showerheads are designed and are intended to reduce water bills by conserving as much water as possible.

However, in some instances these restrictors may be limiting too much water.

To remedy this, you can easily adjust the restrictor or remove it completely and replace your showerhead.

4.    Make Sure the Water Valve is Completely Open

Most homes have several water valves located throughout their plumbing system – and if they’re closed even partially, you can experience low water pressure in your shower.

Occasionally contractors or plumbers can forget to reopen these valves after completing work. So, if you’ve recently had work done or have purchased a home, check your water valves.

If you need assistance locating your water valve, a Chas Roberts technician is ready to help you.

5.    Install a Shower Pump

Installing a shower pump is another great option to restore water pressure in your shower.

A shower pump can increase the water pressure by giving the water a boost as it travels from your water heater to your shower head.

We recommend speaking to one of our certified and professional trained plumbing technicians about purchasing and installing a shower pump.

They’ll provide you with quality service to help you identify the best plumbing solutions for your home and budget.


Cleaning your shower head, removing water restrictors, checking for leaks etc., are quick and easy ways to improve your water pressure in your showers.

If you’re still experiencing low water pressure in your shower, it’s time to contact the pros at Chas Roberts.

Chas Roberts is the oldest and largest plumbing provider in Arizona. Contact us for quality, reliable service.