Low-pressure shower heads

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Low-pressure shower heads
Low-flow shower heads can give you more water pressure in your shower. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Low water pressure can be an annoyance in the shower. It can result in invisible soap residue that is not rinsed away in the flow of water remaining on the body for the rest of the day. On top of this, more money is spent on the water bill each month for the extra amount of time under the shower nozzle required to fully rinse away soap and shampoo. Low-pressure shower heads are one of the best solutions to this commonplace problem.

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How It Works

These shower heads operate in two different ways, depending on the type that is purchased. An aerating shower nozzle shoots air through the shower head along with water, thus increasing pressure while keeping the water used at the same level. Non-aerating shower nozzles push water out with a series of pulses. In both of these cases, water pressure is maintained at a reasonable level despite the low water pressure that actually exists.

Installation

Installation is as easy as you might expect. The original shower head is unscrewed from the pipe coming out of the wall, and the new low-pressure one is screwed back in its place. Taking the original off and putting the new one on will require the use of a wrench. Note that depending on the pipe entering into the shower, the shower head may need to have its spiral threads on the inside or the outside, which you should find out before buying the new low-pressure nozzle.

Alternatives

You have a few alternatives to installing a low-pressure shower head if you have low water pressure, but few will have the same results for the low price. Removing the flow restrictor that can be found inside the original shower nozzle is one option, but it will only increase water pressure by forcing more water out, so it is not cost efficient. The most extreme alternative is fully replacing the plumbing system, which is necessary if pipes have become galvanised. This option requires you to seek the help of a professional plumber and may be costly.

Benefits

The principal benefit most buyers will probably be interested in is the increased water pressure delivered by low-pressure shower heads. While a good deal of frustration may be curbed, an even greater benefit that becomes obvious over the long term is the fact that these shower heads are conserving water. Because pressure is heightened by other mechanisms, the amount of water used is still at a minimum. Thus, these shower heads prove to be money-saving as well as environmentally friendly.

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