Water Pressure Issues
Posted By droberson on January 30, 2020
WATER PRESSURE ISSUES
If you’re experiencing reduced water pressure during your shower first trouble shoot that it is not a clogged shower head.
First, remove the shower head from the fixture source and turn on the water. Is the pressure still low? If not, then pressure to your unit is fine and your aerator/fixture just needs to be internally cleaned of trapped debris.
Is your shower head the only location with low water pressure and when you remove the fixture is it still slow? If yes, then this could mean that the cartridge within the handle assembly may be in need of cleaning or replacing. Cartridges have an estimated life span of 10 – 15 years so if your cartridge is original to your unit it could be in need of replacing. Cleaning your cartridge is a bit more complex as it has a lot of parts to disassemble and may require a plumber. You may also want to have a plumber inspect your cartridge check valves as well.
If after taking all these steps you are still experiencing pressure issues, please contact Management. We will do our best to give guidance and troubleshoot the Association’s components. Please remember that our building engineer and staff cannot conduct work to any component within your unit.
Aerators are also the most common place to find sediment build up. You will need pliers, paperclip, and an old tooth brush.
Step 1: Remove Aerator: Wrap a cloth around the jaws of the pliers or around the aerator to prevent scratches. Grip the outside of the aerator with the pliers and turn the aerator clockwise to loosen it.
Step 2: Disassemble and Clean: Using a paperclip, push the internal parts out of the aerator’s housing. If they get stuck, soak it in white vinegar for about 30 minutes to loosen it. Use an old toothbrush to gently clean the parts.
Step 3: Reassemble and Reinstall: Insert the screen, disk, and washer/o-ring in reverse order of disassembly. By hand, screw it in counterclockwise. Use the pliers to tighten it securely but don’t over tighten.