Re: low water pressure in only one faucet (weird!)
Posted by More on August 30, 19100 at 21:56:59:
In response to Re: low water pressure in only one faucet (weird!)
: We live in an old (1850s) farmhouse with a well. All of our faucets have decent water pressure except for our shower, which has extremely lousy pressure and also doesn't put out much hot water (the rest of the faucets, even the tub spigot and sink in the bathroom, are plenty hot). I took down the shower head about a month ago and soaked it in vinegar to remove the mineral deposits (we have very alkaline water) and immediately after the pressure was better, but it's gotten much worse since then. Overal, the pressure/heat problem seems to have grown more dire over the past month. Could this be purely a shower head issue, or might I have a problem with the pipes? Why do the other faucets in the same room function normally? And can anyone recommend a good showerhead that will put out a nice, hardy spray even with low pressure!

The same pipes that supply hot and cold to the tub, supply the shower head. You were on the right track with soaking the shower head in vinegar, because that is where the calcium and hard water deposits are collecting. Your shower head is good, it just requires a lot of cleaning because of the deposits that are in the pipe from the tub fill spout, through the diverter valve and then up to the shower head. Clean and soak it again.

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