When it comes to taking a shower, the experience should be both purposeful and enjoyable. Does it take forever to rinse the shampoo out of your hair? Do you dread your water bill every month? Your problems can be solved by choosing a better shower head. From pressure to volume, here are things to consider when buying a shower head for your home.
Pressure and Volume
Large volume shower heads are desirable by many. However, they require a certain amount of water pressure. Be sure to check yours. For most shower heads, water pressure is between 40 and 60 psi. If you are unhappy with your current water pressure, it could be a leak, clog or wide pipes. If you are looking for more volume, you’ll either need to remove those flow restrictions or choose a shower head that provides more gallons per minute. You may want to go with a smaller unit so that you feel the pressure more than the volume. At the end of the day, it is a matter of personal preference.
If you are looking to save money, consider a shower head that needs less gallons per minute. The average shower head uses 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm). Older units may use more. You may want to look for a shower head with the EPA WaterSense certification use 2 gpm or less. The EPA claims that a WaterSense shower head could save your household 2,900 gallons of water each year. There are some skeptics out there about this. If your water flow is so low that you have to spend more time in the shower to get clean, it may be counterproductive.
The average homeowner is probably okay to simply replace the shower head itself. However, you probably need a professional to replace the entire shower arm. Installing a shower arm incorrectly could cause leaks in the wall and other costly damages.
If you are ready to replace or upgrade your shower head, we are happy to help at Metro Septic and Plumbing. Buying new plumbing fixtures can be overwhelming and confusing at times. Our plumbers understand the important aspect to consider to enhance your daily shower experience and protect your budget.