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Defining the Shower Experience: The Role of Water Pressure

| Friday January 3, 2020

In today’s modern living, we expect to have water flowing freely from our taps from washing our face early in the morning to showering before we go to work, or late at night to soothe us as the day ends.
As showering is an important part of our daily routine, not only do we need to have access to water, but at the same time, it is essential to have stable water pressure to ensure a comfortable and relaxing shower experience.
So how can you tell if your water pressure is ideal for showering?
How to tell if water pressure is ideal for showering
 
The illustration above is a quick way to check if your water pressure is at its flowing at its ideal state. First, get a hold of a measuring jug and put your shower on full. Then, time how long would it take to fill the jug. According to a UK plumbing company, Anchor Pumps, the ideal time needed to fill a one-litre jug should take no more than six seconds. If it takes more than six seconds to fill the jug, this may mean that your water pressure is low.
While unstable water pressure can be caused by a wide variety of reasons, we’ve narrowed down some of the most common causes of low water pressure when showering:
 

  1. Your city’s main water system might be outdated

One of the most common reasons of low water pressure is caused by the source – your city’s main water system. Most city centers today still have old pipes, resulting in low water pressure in some of its areas.
 

  1. Clogged shower head

It is common for shower heads to get clogged with mineral deposits and gunk over time.
 

  1. Showerhead settings

If you’re experiencing normal water pressure from your tap, but low water pressure only in your shower, check your showerhead settings if it’s on water-saving mode. Try toggling the settings on your showerhead to see if you can improve water flow.
 
Additionally, choosing the right water heater for your home is essential to ensure good water pressure. When it comes to water heater types, storage water heaters are usually consistent in delivering good water pressure.
 
If space is a concern, you may want to consider instant water heaters instead. For instance, Rheem’s Prestige instant water heaters (select models) can deliver consistent water pressure thanks to its in-built DC pump. They also come equipped with Incoloy metal that offers excellent oxidation and high temperature resistance, with a minimum water flow of 1.5 L/min. and 20 kPa minimum water pressure, that is suitable even in low water pressure, so that you and your family can enjoy continuous hot water whenever you need it.
To know more about Rheem Prestige Instant Water Heaters, visit our website at https://www.rheemasia.com/products/electric-instant-water-heaters/.

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