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Old 01-21-2014, 10:04 PM   #1
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I have low water pressure coming out of my shower, I have tried all the google results for answers, but I've come to the conclusion my whole house has low-ish pressure. I want to increase the pressure but don't know where to start. I have well water, comes in at 45psi, into a softener, out at 45psi, into 3/4" copper pipes which move the cold through the house, the hot into the water heater. 3/4" out the heater, towards the faucets. Within 10ft of each faucet the pipes narrow to 1/2" pipes. There are no pressure valves on the system. Hope that is all the information needed to get an answer.



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Old 01-22-2014, 01:36 AM   #2
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While not outstanding pressure, 45 PSI is enough to give a serviceable shower through most shower valves.

Have you investigated the shower head? Sometimes there is a screen or restrictor inside of the showerhead that gets debris clogged in it.



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Try running the water with the softener on bypass.

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The pressure isn't unbearable, just pathetic...

I have tried without the showerhead on, its still not good, at least compared to some youtube videos I've seen where they are demonstrating the effectiveness of removing the restriction from a showerhead.

I'll try bypassing the softener tomorrow, in the meantime, why would that help? The pressures are the same on either side of the softener.

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Your problem may be volume not pressure.

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That thought had occurred to me too, so is that what the bypass may prove? Cause, dear old dad won't touch the bypass... hes pointed out that another shower on the system has better pressure/volume, so "it cant be the bypass", which, I understand and agree with. If it will help, I will draw out a diagram of the pipes, distances, and diameters, assuming the pipe may be the problem

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Solved the problem. The shower valve is restricting my pressure. The water lines going into the valve have great pressure, but coming out it's crap. Thanks to all who helped



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