In the world of personal hygiene, people generally have liberal control over how and when to care for themselves. Unfortunately, there is one problem that can cause a perfectly good shower to turn into a disappointing chore. The threat of weak or low water pressure can make it difficult to completely rinse soap, shampoo, conditioner, and other cleaning products off of the body. When the skin and hair dries, this can invariably lead to chafing or dandruff, which often can seem worse than not bathing in the first place. To prevent this dilemma, here are a few simple suggestions if you feel your water pressure is too low.
Determine Where the Problem Lies
Generally speaking, low water pressure is caused due to a problem with the plumbing in your bathroom. Most building codes require pipes no thicker than a diameter of ½ inch. If you have a fairly old home, you may find that your plumbing is outdated. This problem can be solved easily by installing a pipe reduction apparatus, which can be found in your local plumbing supply store.
Check the Aerator for Clogs
If you find that your pipes are perfectly fine, you may have a clogged aerator. Thankfully, this issue is easily solved as well. Simply unscrew the aerator from the faucet, clean it and the pipe leading to it of any hair, dirt, or other impurities. Once it is clean, reattach the aerator and test the water. If the pressure has increased, your problem has been solved.
Check Your Pressure Regulator
Occasionally, the water pressure problem in your house may be due to a faulty pressure regulator. In most homes, this device is located somewhere near the point at which the plumbing and structure meet. If this is the case, unfortunately, you'll have to call a certified plumber to reset it. If the regulator is inside of your house, however, you can take care of it yourself by installing a water booster system.