How Do Power Showers Work?

It's hard enough to get up in the morning without receiving a proper shower.

Definition

When the water pressure is low, it can be frustrating and can make taking a shower an arduous process. To combat low water pressure, you can install a power shower and receive a high-powered, endless stream of water each morning.

Power showers are designed to increase pressure in the shower head, and they provide a more powerful spray. You can have a power shower by installing a pump that concentrates the water flow through a shower head. A powerful spray may provide a better showering experience and expedite the bathing process. Soap and shampoo may be washed off more swiftly, and a power shower may make bathing easier and more relaxing.

Operation

Installing a pump into the plumbing system will create a power shower. While a single pump may be sufficient to create additional water pressure, a double pump may be needed when the pressure is extremely low. Once the pump is installed, it will regulate the flow of water and force more water through the shower head. By taking water from both hot and cold water supplies, the pump regulates the water temperature as well.

Problems

Installing a pump to create a power shower may create some major problems that will damage the shower or piping system. The pump creates additional stress on the pipes, which will cause them to erode more quickly. A sign that the system is starting to break down is when the temperature becomes erratic and water alternates between being hot and cold.

Energy Efficiency

Before installation, you need to be aware that power showers are not energy-efficient and increase the amount of water used during a shower. Because the system will go from low water pressure to high water pressure, additional quantities of water are going to be used in the process. If you have family members who are also using the power shower, it may increase the utility bill significantly.

About the Author

Ted Marten lives in New York City and began writing professionally in 2007, with articles appearing on various websites. Marten has a bachelor's degree in English and has also received a certificate in filmmaking from the Digital Film Academy.