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  • Jan 27, 2005, 02:02 PM
    Albix714
    Fixing low water pressure
    Hi, I have a 3 story home with a shower on the 2nd floor and one on the 3rd floor. I also have low water pressure that gives me some pretty weak showers. Is there a way to increase my pressure? I should say that this situaution is not unique to my neighborhood. Thanks.
  • Jan 27, 2005, 03:16 PM
    branco74
    Install an electric booster pump to increase water pessure
  • Jan 27, 2005, 03:18 PM
    Albix714
    Thank you.
  • Jan 28, 2005, 11:07 AM
    labman
    A booster pump will work better with a pressure tank, see https://www.askmehelpdesk.com/plumbing/pressure-booster-tank-7403.html
  • Jan 28, 2005, 03:02 PM
    speedball1
    Low Pressure
    What is the PSI entering your house?
  • Mar 21, 2005, 11:12 AM
    vaa
    Clueless
    :confused: I feel relief to have found this site because I REALLY need HELP. I own a small bungalow in the city of chicago. I have very low water pressure in my house. You basically have to decide what is a priority when it comes to water in my house because you can only do one thing at a time, dishes or laundry. Lets put it this way, a DO NOT OPEN sign goes on the kitchen sink when anybody takes a shower. I want to know what are the necessary steps to checking the pressure at my house and how do I do it. I don't want to have any expenses that I can avoid or waste my time by not taking the necessary steps. I have had several people check my home and they claim the problem is outside with the city. The city has come out here and dug up my front lawn about 3 times and they claim that the problem is inside the house. WHAT CAN I DO. How can I tell who is right or wrong? I want to do the checking for myself if I can. PLEASE HELP!!
  • Sep 12, 2005, 11:43 AM
    dgordon1979
    Shower pressure
    I found a great website for discount shower heads, but it also has a great support section with step by step pictures and instructions for increasing water pressure.

    www.showerstore.com
  • Nov 7, 2005, 11:31 AM
    speedball1
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by vaa
    :confused: I feel relief to have found this site because I REALLY need HELP. I own a small bungalow in the city of chicago. I have very low water pressure in my house. You basically have to decide what is a priority when it comes to water in my house because you can only do one thing at a time, dishes or laundry. Lets put it this way, a DO NOT OPEN sign goes on the kitchen sink when anybody takes a shower. I want to know what are the necessary steps to checking the pressure at my house and how do I do it. I don't want to have any expenses that I can avoid or waste my time by not taking the necessary steps. I have had several people check my home and they claim the problem is outside with the city. The city has come out here and dug up my front lawn about 3 times and they claim that the problem is inside the house. WHAT CAN I DO. How can I tell who is right or wrong? I want to do the checking for myself if I can. PLEASE HELP!!!


    It isn't pressure as much as it's volume and this tells me so, " Lets put it this way, a DO NOT OPEN sign goes on the kitchen sink when anybody takes a shower." You can't have pressure when you run out of water and that's exactly what you're doing. How old is your house and what kind of water pipes do you have? Copper? Plastic? Galvanized? If the city has checked the pressure to your house and found it adequate , they certainly have the volume to back it up. It's time to bite the bullet and call in a plumber. Don't be too surprised if he recommends a repipe job. Sorry I couldn't be more up beat. Tom
  • Dec 20, 2005, 07:57 AM
    kendravixie
    Help for Apartments?
    I'm living in a 3 story apartment, energy efficient with water heater and heater in utility closet.

    I have asked my maintenance to look at my pressure, I have a little more than a trickle, takes a very long time to shower.

    They've done nothing.

    Is there any options that I can do in an apartment??
  • Dec 20, 2005, 02:18 PM
    speedball1
    There isn't much we can do until we find out what material your pipes are made of and at what pressure enters your house. Keep on your apartment manager to look into this. As a renter you're guaranteed a roof that doesn't leal, a toilet that flushed without flooding the house and water that is both drinkable and plentiful. If you are interested in applying pressure on management I know a few city departments that you could file a formal complaint with. Regards, Tom
  • Dec 30, 2005, 12:15 PM
    kendravixie
    I don't know. I'm a rentor in an apartment built in the 80's, with no support whatsoever from the office, and no phonecalls on average returned. I complained the first time I moved in, about the pressure and they took my original shower head and left, with no work being performed!

    But I did get a Cascadia Waterpik showerhead, and need help with how to remove the flow control...
    Doesn't seem to be in the instructions how, just a little diagram of where it is... not what or how to remove it, or what kind of tools necessary to help you remove this annoying bit of plastic.

    Any suggestions?:confused:
  • Jan 3, 2006, 03:05 PM
    speedball1
    "Doesn't seem to be in the instructions how, just a little diagram of where it is... not what or how to remove it, or what kind of tools necessary to help you remove this annoying bit of plastic."

    If you know where the water saver is then just pry it out and toss it. Regards, Tom
  • Jan 3, 2006, 03:39 PM
    kendravixie
    Seems a little bit more complicated, and was.

    To pry out the flow control of a Waterpik Cascadia shower head:
    1. Start at the flexible arm, near the "nut" where it would screw into the shower lead.

    2. Take a pair of needle nose plyers, or your leatherman/winchester and unscrew the "filter", making sure to bring the washer out with it.

    3. Take the tip of your needle nose plyers, (this is a delicate edge) and take the inner edge nearest the Oring that faces outwards, and pull. May take a couple of attempts to pull it, do NOT turn the flow control to the side, as it may become lodged.

    4. Replace the "filter", making sure that washer is under the edge and does not easily slip out.

    Voilą. No flow control. I can now shower in ample water without having to spend more time trying to rinse clean!

    Waterpik Cascadia Shower head, I give it a 5 out of 5 stars, best shower head I've ever had. Two settings, rainfall and power spray, easy change between the two. And no, I don't miss that 2" section from it.

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