Published at Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 - 23:42:31 PM. Showerheads. By Berman Schulz.
For most shower heads, water pressure fluctuates between 40 and 60 psi. Luckily, hardware stores sell testers that screw onto the shower arm in place of the shower head so that you can determine your home’s water pressure before buying a new one. Low water pressure typically results from leaks, clogs and old pipes that are wider than half an inch in diameter, experts say. Lon Libsack, owner of Shower and Bath Connection in Tempe, Arizona, says flow restrictors that lower water usage also cause poor pressure. “At the end of the day, you either have to try to purchase a product that has the highest gallon per minute or remove the flow restrictors to achieve. that same amount of volume,” he says.
Water pressure more important than volume. When buying a new shower head, try to match it to the existing hardware, which is usually chrome or brushed nickel, Johnson says. He highly recommends products from Pulse Shower Spas, which feature a shower head, a detachable hand shower and multiple body sprays. They range in price from $200 to more than $1,000. Libsack, however, recommends installing a smaller unit. “People like to feel the pressure even more than they do the volume,” he says. “So I recommend that they get away from large rain heads, and stick with 8-inch or smaller shower heads.”
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