How to Increase Water Pressure in Your Shower | Ep. 135

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Low water pressure can increase your shower time, but there’s a simple way to fix this problem!

There are many ways to increase water pressure in the shower, but first, it helps to understand the underlying cause.

Low pressure could be due to a number of issues, but the No. 1 factor is typically corrosion in the showerhead.

The first thing you’ll want to do is remove the showerhead and clean it out. If you see mineral deposits, soak the showerhead in white vinegar.

If you don’t want to remove the showerhead, take a plastic bag partially filled with white vinegar, slip it over the showerhead and secure it with a rubber band or string. (Watch the Simple Solution here.)

This will dissolve the minerals and solve your water pressure problem!

If these actions don’t provide satisfactory results, you can always replace your showerhead with a new modern one.

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Simple Solutions

Lost Sock Saver — When a sock goes missing on its journey from the washer to the dryer, the first place to look is in the narrow space between the two appliances. Socks, underwear, handkerchiefs and other smaller items often fall down into the gap. 

To avoid this game of hide-and-seek, go out and buy a length of foam-rubber pipe insulation. Wedge it into the horizontal gap across the tops of the two appliances, then bend it and force it into the vertical gap.

If necessary, use scissors to cut the insulation to length. The insulation will not only prevent socks from falling into the gap, but it’ll also absorb any vibration between the washer and dryer.

Watch: The Secret to Preventing Lost Laundry Between Your Washer and Dryer

Fast Fix for Landscape Lights — Low-voltage landscaping lights will often flicker or fail to light up, even if the bulb is good.

Before replacing the fixture, try this: Turn off the electricity to the faulty light, remove the bulb and check for corrosion inside the socket. Use an emery board to lightly sand away any rust from the metal contacts.

Then, spray the socket with automotive ignition (and battery) sealer, which will help block out moisture and prevent future corrosion. Repeat once per year.

Question of the Week

Q: How can I insulate a dirt crawl space? Can I use closed spray-foam insulation?

A: I wouldn’t recommend doing this yourself in a space like this. While foam is a good insulator, for a crawl space, we wouldn’t use it in case of repair — it’s hard to get to and can be difficult.

We would use ROCKWOOL Mineral Wool Insulation! The first thing you would need to do is put down a layer of 6 Mil Plastic Sheeting and overlap the seams so no moisture can migrate from the ground into the house. Then start putting the insulation into the spaces needed.

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