A hot, steamy shower after a long day is one of life’s finest pleasures. However, Kara wasn’t able to enjoy the shower in her Manhattan home. “There’s absolutely no water pressure,” she said. “And I think there’s a clog in the showerhead. Water’s just not coming out.”
The most common reason showerheads clog is due to the accumulation of calcium and other mineral deposits that occur naturally in drinking water. These deposits can build up over time. They block the holes water comes out of and as a result, no shower for you! But that’s not what was happening in Kara’s case. She’d cleaned her showerhead regularly, and when the showerhead was removed, the water coming from the shower arm was minimal at best. Calcium deposits were not the issue.
If this is your issue, your Manhattan plumber will want to determine if the water pressure problem is isolated to the shower unit or if it’s a problem throughout the bathroom even the entire home. The water supply system, including water supply lines and the water pump, will need to be examined. The water heater can also be an issue.
That was the case in Kara’s situation. A significant leak had developed between the water heater and shower unit. The water had been pooling, unnoticed and unseen, within her bathroom wall, where it was actually doing damage to the floorboards and wall. This type of scenario is why it’s important to call in your Manhattan plumber at the first sign of trouble. Luckily we were able to address Kara’s shower before lasting damage was done to the surrounding area.
Bear in mind that here in New York, our water supply can sometimes be affected by water main breaks and other infrastructure concerns. So if you’ve had great water pressure and then abruptly nothing, check to make sure your building isn’t in a location impacted by an event like this. If it is, your water pressure should return once the situation has been repaired. If you haven’t had a nearby local event that impacts water pressure, it’s time to call your Manhattan plumber!