Low Flow Shower Heads - what to do when water pressure is decreasing

You just bought your new shower head six months ago, and already it needs some plumbing.  Water is not coming out any more like it should be.  Do you need to go out and buy a new shower head?  Do you need to call a plumber?

New water conservation requirements dictate that shower heads only use 2.25 gallons of water per minute.  To do that, new shower heads use smaller nozzles than older models.

The downside is that these newer models tend get clogged up with mineral deposits  and rust easier than older, water-guzzling ones.  When this happens it is more difficult for water to pass through, reducing water flow giving the feeling of less pressure.

But instead of giving up, it is entirely possible to put on your plumbing cap and clean the shower head - or get someone to do it for you.  In order to clean the shower head, skip to the last section in my faq, very little water comes out of my shower head, why.

Leaks in the shower arm are another common problem, shooting water from the base of the assembly at strange angles.  This process is a little more involved but is certainly within reach of anyone who can handle a wrench.  You will need: 1) an appropriately-sized wrench; and 2) teflon tape.

First, Carefully unscrew the shower head from the shower arm with a wrench in a counterclockwise direction

Second, clean the threads in the shower arm, Now turn on the water and flush any debris out of the shower arm, next remove any debris is the end of the shower head

Third, Tape the end of the shower arm with the Teflon tape.  Be sure not to put too much on or too close to the end of the threads, or it might stop up the shower head. This stuff is so thin that you will be able to reattach the shower arm without any problems.

Fourth, Now screw the shower head back on the shower harm in a clockwise direction and tighten in till just past snug.Now turn on the water and check for leaks.

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