Low Shower Head Water Pressure

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  1. Victoria Abdus-Salaam
    May 26, 2012

    I had my bathroom remodeled. I now have a handheld shower head and a fixed shower head in the same shower. The pressure in the handheld shower head is fine but the fixed shower head's water pressure is low. I am not happy. Did the contractor do something wrong? Can the problem be fixed? Prior to having my bathroom remodeled the water pressure in the shower was fine.

    • Tim Carter
      May 27, 2012


      You're here at the right place at this column. Just read it again and follow the advice. I'm sure you have to take apart the shower head.

  2. Reg Strong
    January 30, 2014

    Installing a new bath faucet (Pfister one handle,same as I already had) made shower lose terrible pressure, which was fine before. I removed shower head, soaked it and the filter in vinegar for 3 hrs.,scrubbed it with brush and it's still the same. Restrictor was removed when I first bought it and shower was fine until now.
    I'm at my wits end, because I love my showers.
    Plumber did flush the pipe before replacing shower head, so that's ruled out.
    Help. Thank you.

  3. Christine
    November 17, 2014

    Hi Tim, the water pressure is low in our shower head and tub but the rest of the house is fine. Also, the problem is only intermittent. We took apart th shower head and cleaned it. But no change. It happens once or twice a day and no other appliances are on at these times. Any ideas?

    • Tim Carter
      November 18, 2014

      What about installing a new cartridge in the valve? Maybe you have sediment that's blocking water flow inside the valve. What's the water flow like when you have the shower head off and just the neck arm there?

  4. Justin
    December 28, 2014

    Just get rid of all the flow restrictors, they are annoying full stop.

  5. Jeff Roberson
    February 26, 2015

    My shower has good pressurensometimes and sometimes not, I can turn it on and off back and forth and itnwill be strong, I recently changed the diverter valve, the water pressure out the spout in the tube is great and probably more than it should be. Any ideas on what the problem might be?

  6. Gloria
    May 10, 2015

    All of a sudden the water pressure for the hot water is extremely low to the point that it trickles in all faucets including the shower. The cold water is fine. What do we do?

    • Tim Carter
      May 10, 2015

      There is a blockage in the cold water side of the cartridge. Clean it out.

  7. Erica
    May 26, 2015

    Hi Tim,
    I'm having water pressure issues in both the bath faucet and the shower head, though pressure in the adjacent sink and elsewhere in the house is fine. I'm thinking mineral build up, as my hot water tank also makes a weird vibratey/rattle noise like a drill sometimes. Any suggestions or advice?

  8. Brenda
    May 27, 2015

    Hi Tim, after changing diverter valve in compression style tub to shower my shower head water pressure is only fair. Water pressure to tub spout is fine. Any ideas? Thanks

  9. Jeff Miles
    June 22, 2015

    Hi Tim,

    Our shower in our guest house has terrible water pressure. We bought the house last year & it is a new build. I changed the shower head. We also had a plumber replace the regulator but it is still terrible. The other faucets seem fine. Any advice?

  10. Nat
    December 19, 2015

    Thank you so much!!! Took 15 seconds and has made a massive difference!

  11. josh
    January 20, 2016

    First stepp worked fine for me cheers

  12. Pam Callahan
    February 3, 2016

    I have barely a trickle of water from my shower pipe neck. I already removed the shower head and even made the mistake of taking off the faucet handle with the faucet on. Plenty of pressure there, Also no other fixtures-2 sinks and 1 tub are having any low flow problems. Any ideas??

  13. Scott
    February 5, 2016

    If/then assumes that the showerhead is the culprit. What if it's not?

    Here's the scenario. We installed and ran new line direct from the water source to the newly installed shower stall. Brand new valve-set (simple 2-knob set from Lowes). Brand new basic showerhead.
    Terrible flow.
    Take off the showerhead, still terrible flow.
    Disconnect source from the valve-set, AWESOME flow, pointed at a 5-gal bucket, it flows so fast it splashes out of the 5-gallon bucket.
    The sink right next to the shower flows so hard it's like the above bucket...it splashes out of the sink.


    • Coulinjo
      March 10, 2016

      Are you in America? I don't know what a valve-set is, but am having same shower problems (onset about two weeks ago) as you. We have instantaneous hot water heater too, so what trickle is coming out is freezing cold. When I take off the shower head, the cold water pressure is fine, but hot water pitiful. We're in a rental in Australia that owner won't fix, and winter is coming on.

  14. john
    March 9, 2016

    My shower is fine when cold... ...but after about 3 mins the flow becomes much weaker. What could the cause be?

  15. Danelle
    March 12, 2016


    I have the same problem with low water pressure, but when I went to remove the shower head it looks like there is some caulking on the threading. Is it still ok to remove the shower head? Thank you.


  16. Chris
    April 1, 2016

    You were spot on, sediment from the line had clogged the flow restrictor screen in the shower pipe and once removed and cleaned, the water pressure not only returned but was better than before. Thanks so much for the help!!!

  17. Gerald Feist
    October 24, 2016

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  18. Paula Lee
    November 26, 2016

    Thank you so very much for this information. I have looked at several different sites and got the same unhelpful info until this one, this was exactly the problem and now I have great water pressure. Thank you again

  19. Marcella Edwards
    January 22, 2017

    Hello my water pressure is not good to the shower head fine for a bath but when I turn the knob to focus the water on the shower head it only stops half the water flow and the bathtub and makes for a really bad water pressure in the shower how can I fix it what could it be

  20. Karen Thomas
    March 13, 2017

    I had low hot water pressure in guest bath/shower, so I moved to the master bath. Then the guest bath started working but the master bath lost hot water pressure. Sinks are okay. I spent $500 for the plumber to replace value and faucet in master and rerouted water line through the ceiling. That works, but now the guest bath has low hot water again. Plumber doesn't know what happened. Help!

  21. Justin Roesler
    May 14, 2017

    Hi there. We had good (not the best but still good) hot water pressure in the shower up until the last 3 weeks. It is now down to a dribble if that!
    The cold works fine, its just the hot.
    Any suggestions? ??

    • Tim Carter
      May 14, 2017


      I just REVISED the column to answer your question! Your possibility was overlooked when I wrote the original column.

      Go back up and re-read the column and you'll soon have GREAT water pressure both hot and cold!

  22. John Hasenour
    July 18, 2017

    I have 3 bathrooms all with Moen single lever tub and shower combinations. In one of the shower s the water runs very slow. in both the tub and shower. I took out the cartridge and turned the water back on and had good pressure and water volume with no cartridge. I put in a new cartridge and it still runs slow. No improvement from tub spout or shower.
    What do I do next

    • Tim Carter
      July 24, 2017

      Easy. Re-read the above column. Do all I say in the column. You've skipped a step!!!

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