Originally Posted by KBW
I tried it a few minutes ago and it literally takes seconds...I'll make a video of it Thursday as my day is completely free. I removed the head and I don't notice anything that looks like the regulators in the pictures above. In regards to the plumbing of the beach I have no clue we had it inspected before closing and everything was said to be done right (has was built for us). We've only been there for two nights so far but I'll check into it when we go back later this month. If removing the regulator doesn't do anything I'm going to have to re-pipe it. I have really thick hair and it annoys the hell out of me showering with low pressure and feeling like I haven't washed all of the shampoo or conditioner out. The pressure was so low it was barely getting my liquid soap off. I think it will end up having to be re-piped as the faucet in the bath had little pressure as well. I'm sure it'll be a fortune to re-pipe the house
...if/when I do so what do you recommend me using?
If it took less than 20 seconds, you probably don't have a water flow restrictor. Either that or your house pressure is jacked up way more than normal. (which is bad for some appliances) As for the beach house: You could have someone retrofit a pex line directly from your heater to your shower. That shouldn't be too incredibly expensive. And depending on the situation, it might help. Then again, it might just be an obstruction in the pipe, and its possible that it will either fix itself over time - or get worse depending on what it is. Isn't that a great answer?
Its possible that a plumber got a little sloppy with the solder, and its blocking your waterflow. Or that there is something else right there in the shower wall blocking your pipes. Or it could be an air bubble. I've seen that happen too. trapped air somewhere in the line can cause inconsistent and low pressure. There are a lot of things it "might be". But if its your whole bathroom, and not just your shower, its definitely a pipe issue and not a shower head issue. Re-piping your shower *might* solve the problem, but nobody is really going to be able to tell you that for sure. The part that makes people cringe is usually tearing out the shower wall and starting over. I don't like telling people they should do it. I'm sure people don't like hearing it either. Is it your main bathroom? And how far away would you say the water heater is? I wonder if this is a planning issue or a workmanship issue. A new house really shouldn't be having a lot of pressure loss problems. I wonder if that bathroom is the end of the line on too-long a run of copper or something. Well, best of luck to you.