Do you find it annoying when your home’s shower wets you with only a few trickles of water? Well, this is because of the shower’s low water pressure.
There is no worse feeling than getting under a shower to experience only a few drops instead of a gusty flow. It is just not possible to clean your body at this rate of shower flow.
So, is there anything you can do about it? Well, you just have to switch to a high pressure shower head to introduce the desired difference in the water flow. Such a head is what you need to be under a shower of strong, forceful flow.
You may have the best stone marble and custom shower but you will still feel miserable if you are without a high pressure shower head. This post is dedicated to convey how such heads work to give you full-fledged flow.
Overview of High Pressure Shower Heads
A high pressure shower head is useful for increasing the low water pressure when an inefficient head does not deliver sufficient water pressure for a decent showering experience. Thus, it is designed to deliver higher pressure without changing the flow quantity coming from the source.
By intensifying the shower’s water pressure, such a head enables a more enjoyable bathing experience that is similar to that of a spa centre. It is exactly what you need for your tired muscles while saving much water and cleaning your body faster by spreading water evenly across the body.
Working of High Pressure Shower Heads
A high pressure shower head fulfills its design purpose via either a pressure chamber or adjustable spray settings. The latter settings just condense the head spray for a stronger but smaller shower. In this type of mechanism, there are fewer holes for the water to flow out but the pressure is more.
On the other hand, a pressure chamber adds both pressure and air to the water in the shower due to which the water comes out faster as well as at a higher pressure level. Several modern heads work in this way.
In short, shower heads of high pressure tend to instill pressure on their own. This means there is no need for you to do anything.
Apart from raising the water pressure, a high pressure shower head is likely to come with different spray patterns ranging right from a therapeutic massage to soothing mist to give you an authentic spa experience at your home.
Usually, shower heads capable of putting pressure on water work by implementing either H20Kinetic or immersion technology. The former is a simple wave pattern that aims to preserve water.
It disperses water such that you feel as if more water is used and the flow has become broader due to more coverage. However, this is an illusion, as in reality, it is dispersing less water.
Thus, a high pressure shower head saves water. Now, there is no need to waste much water to enjoy the desired force. These heads usually come with spray patterns to ensure water conservation.
On the other hand, the immersion technology works by pressurizing the shower’s water such that it comes out with a higher force. This results in a powerful stream. Most manufacturers implement this technology in their shower heads.
The mechanism of your shower head significantly influences the temperature of water. The higher the Gallons Per Minute (GPM), the lesser is the time for which you can get hot water.
For instance, in case of a shower head with a capacity of 2.5 GPM, you will have hot water for approximately 15-20 minutes. similarly, in the case of 5 GPM, 8-10 minutes of hot water is expected. Further, the former one will save more water than the latter one.
Removing The Flow Restrictor on a WaterPik (Water Saver)
I the video below you can learn how to increase the water pressure in a Waterpik Twin-Turbo or similar water pick very easy in just few simple steps.
Check the video below how to remove the water saver (also know as flow restrictor)
Average Hot Water Usage
|ACTIVITY||GALLONS PER USE|
|Kitchen faucet flow||2 per minute|
|Bathroom faucet flow||2 per minute|
|Total daily average||64|
Source: The Spruce/Daniel Fishel.
Different Types of High Pressure Shower Heads
Shower heads are designed to work distinctly in different climates. Keeping this in mind, they are grouped into two categories namely, aerated and laminar-flow.
- Aerated: An aerated shower head works by inducing air into the water stream to generate an environment of high pressure. Thus, water that is dispersed is mistier. With this flow, it is certainly more difficult to clean some body areas such as the back. In a humid climate, these heads release a huge amount of steam. Although the resulting mold or mildew is a concern when the head is used for a long time in this climate, it is beneficial for combating dry cough. Overall, the aerated shower heads are ideal for people residing in a dry climate.
- Laminar-flow: A laminar-flow head is the standard one. It is exactly what most people have in their bathrooms. From this head, water is dispersed in uniform streams. Unlike the aerated heads, these function well in any climate.
Based on the design, shower heads are classified into the following categories:
- Fixed: Are the most common ones and are mounted on walls. They disperse water from a powerful angle and shower a robust stream of water. You can easily swivel its head to make it face the desired direction.
- Handheld: Are similar to the fixed ones but the head is linked to a long hose using which you can rinse the desired body part.
- Ceiling Mounted: Are special types of wall-mounted fixed heads that are positioned just above your head instead of being positioned diagonally. It uses gravity to disperse water at low or medium pressure.
- Adjustable: Come with a variety of pray patterns, provide soft flow, and relaxes your muscle. A few models come with a pause option to preserve water, while others have several settings to customize their usage.
- Shower Panels: Are special heads seen usually in spas. A single head consists of several other heads to spray water wherever desired at once.
Anything more powerful than its counterparts tends to give more comfort as well as satisfaction. This is exactly the case with high pressure shower heads. They not only resolve the issue of low pressure water via an air chamber or an adjustable spray but also conserve water while dispersing a strong flow to rinse more easily as well as evenly.