Everyone likes the idea of having a shower installed in their bathroom.

Whether it’s a top of the range “wet room” style experience or the simple addition of a rail-based system that utilises a bathtub or shower enclosure, the ease of use and time saving aspects of taking a shower are an important lifestyle choice.

However, not all showers are equal and some can give quite a disappointing performance for a number of reasons. So what are the 5 most common causes of a poor shower experience and what can you do to avoid them?

1. Leaks

One of the great things about a shower is that it is a simple, quick and easy process. There is no time delay in waiting for a bathtub to fill up and no need to clean up much afterwards. However, a leaking shower can undo all of these advantages in seconds.

It could be the piping, feeding pressurised water to the head, the shower head itself or the enclosure/shower curtain that you use. If any of these parts leak you can find yourself with pools of water in the bathroom and a big clean up job to take care of.

If your leak persists and you can’t find or fix the cause of the leak, investing in a new shower head can resolve the problem as well as giving you an excuse to give your shower a much needed refresh.

2. Slow-draining shower

Although it uses much less water than filling a bath, a shower still pumps out quite a volume in a short space of time. If there are any drainage problems then you can find yourself standing in an unpleasant pool of water.

This can also be dangerous as water that collects waiting to drain is usually soapy and therefore slippery too. Over a period of time, slow-moving water also promotes the growth of mould and bacteria. Always check that your drainage is clear from obstructions as solving a slow draining shower can usually be as simple as de-clogging it.

Should your shower waste be too clogged up or beyond fixing, we’d recommend buying a new waste. A shower tray waste from VictoriaPlum.com is the ideal solution to your slow draining issues should you need a replacement.

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3. Poor ventilation

Any bathroom needs to be properly ventilated or else condensation build up can cause damp and other associated problems. If your shower or bathroom doesn’t have windows that open to the outside you need to make sure that extractor fans are in place and are turned on when needed. The Xpelair standard bathroom fan is an excellent budget option for ventilating your bathroom.

4. Poor shower head

There are many different types of shower head on the market today, from high pressure direction specific ones through to large “rain can” models. Your own choice of shower type and pressure is a very personal thing but if your shower head is old, clogged or corroded it can make all the difference to the performance.

5. Water pressure

Low water pressure can ruin even the more carefully chosen equipment’s performance. There are many potential causes, such as old galvanised pipe which has built up deposits, through to incorrect pipe size.

Unless you live on one of the top floors of a very old building your water supply pressure in most modern urban environments should be more than adequate for any style of shower that you favour.

If you’re experiencing low water pressure then in some scenarios it could be worth buying a new shower pump. A shower pump will improve the flow of water to the shower head, creating a more invigorating shower experience. Find out if you need a shower pump, with our handy guide.