Plumbing Forum - Professional & DIY Plumbing Forum > General Plumbing Discussion > Showers and Tubs > Low showerhead pressure

Help Support Plumbing Forums by donating using the link above or becoming a Supporting Member.
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-14-2018, 08:26 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 1
Likes Given: 1

Default Low showerhead pressure


First post and extreeeeemely beginner question.

I'm a long-term renter and take care of most everything I'm capable of in the apartment. My landlord and I have tried to figure out why my shower pressure has dropped so significantly; so much so that, even though I purchased a high-pressure showerhead (and this is the third one I've tried), the spray pressure isn't even enough to engage all the spray holes.

We had a plumber in who said he fixed it. But, he said he fixed a lot of things in the bathroom (started with the toilet seal), and didn't even finish re-sealing the toilet, and couldn't explain what he did to "fix" the shower pressure. Which wasn't fixed.

Pressure in sink and tub faucet are fine. There's minimal waste when pulling the shower diverter, and then the low pressure. I hate wasting precious water, especially since my landlords are paying for it.

My bathroom is the first stop from the main, and pushing that any higher I don't believe is an option.

I just replaced the showerhead, and noticed, in the shower arm, a large rubber ring inside, leaving possibly less than 1/4 inch opening. I removed the flow regulator from the showerhead, and am wondering if I can remove this too. I don't know why I never noticed it before.

So, question: can I remove that rubber ring from inside the shower arm? It looks like this (not the best illustration, but hopefully you'll get the idea):



Last edited by uhmorphous; 01-15-2018 at 01:47 AM.
uhmorphous is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2018, 04:44 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 186
Liked 42 Times on 37 Posts


Give it a shot. You could also get a new piece that doesn't have the restrictor in it.

CT-18 is online now  
uhmorphous Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2018, 04:58 AM   #3
Easily Amused
Mr_David's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Santee,Ca
Posts: 3,740
Liked 895 Times on 726 Posts
Likes Given: 593


That is just a washer that was supposed the seal the head from leaking with out having to use tape. It just got pushed into the end of the arm. get rid of it.
how much volume do you get with out any head on the arm?
how do you divert the water from tub to shower? diverter tub spout or a diverter built into valve, or a 3 handle valve.

If you have lower volume of water at open arm, you may have a restriction in the valve.
. . . . . . . . . . -(@@)- . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . ----o00--()--00o----. . . . .

a.k.a. Krazedav
Mr_David is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2018, 05:57 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Mansfield,, Ohio
Posts: 135
Liked 29 Times on 27 Posts
Likes Given: 1


Nothing should be in that shower arm. Somehow it got stuck in there. Take it out and run the water with out the shower head like Mr David said. You should have good flow. If not let us know.
TomFOhio is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
4-way showerhead no longer 4-way Cynthiad14 Showers and Tubs 2 08-17-2016 07:28 AM
Help! Showerhead still dripping after replacing the valve. ka20 General Plumbing Help 9 05-15-2013 04:53 AM
Leaking showerhead. Arclight52 Showers and Tubs 8 08-07-2012 03:07 AM
Check valves in showerhead LesF Showers and Tubs 3 03-14-2012 03:05 AM
Outdoor Showerhead Dilemma geosbride General Plumbing Help 1 09-12-2011 12:49 PM

Newest Threads