How To Increase Water Pressure In Your Shower
The biggest problem facing anyone who wants to install a shower in their home, either over a bath or in a separate cubicle, is ensuring there is sufficient water pressure to operate the shower properly. People expect a shower to deliver a strong invigorating spray rather than just a trickle of water! However all too often they find that although water pressure is adequate at bath and basin taps, once a shower is fitted, where the spray head is higher than other outlets, the pressure at the spray head is nowhere near high enough for showering.The Reason
The explanation for this is the spray head being too close to the water level in the cold water storage tank. Most showers will not perform unless there is a minimum height of 1 metre between the spray head and the water level in the tank. This is called the head of water. The higher the head is, the greater your water pressure. Find out about water pressure in your area .
Traditionally, British water systems are connected to a cold water storage tank which is kept in the loft. These are known as "gravity fed systems". They are low pressure, and rely on the height of the tank to provide water flow pressure for the house. Due to height restrictions imposed on where the tank can go, low pressure is often a resulting factor; sometimes as low as 0.1 bar. If your home suffers from low water pressure, a standard shower valve is often not enough to provide a powerful and invigorating flow of water.
- NEW! Install HomeBoost
- Installing a Pressurised Unvented Cylinder
- Fitting an independent Electric Shower with a Cold Water Accumulator
- Fitting a Cold Water Accumulator improving water pressure and flow rate
- Fitting a Booster Pump or Power Shower
New! Installing HomeBoost.
The HomeBoost pump is an extremely effective way to increase your water pressure, not only in your shower, but throughout your home; and that is why it is our number one solution to this most common of problems. It is a truly innovational new product that intellegently controls a pump to increase the mains water flow in to your home. As the video below explains the pump measures the flow of water passing through it and acts accordingly, boosting water flow to the legal limit of 12 litrs/min, but only operates when it is needed, only when the natural water flow rate drops below 12 litrs/min. It is simple to install (Installation Video) and will make a real difference to the water pressure throughout your home if you suffer with low water pressure.HomeBoost is a brilliant brand new product from Salamander Pumps. It has been nominated for the 2013 Pump Industry awards
Technical Innovation of the Year.
Installing a Pressurised Unvented Cylinder
This method involves removing the cold water storage tank which feeds the hot water cylinder and replacing it with a pressurised cylinder that takes its feed directly from the mains. Plumbing has to be extended or even replaced entirely, making this an expensive and complex project, however it is something that only needs to be done once and the cylinder itself will last a lifetime.
Fitting a pump can provide very good water pressure for your shower, and by choosing different strengths of pump you can have a very powerful shower capable of pumping larger shower heads and multiple body sprays. However it is very important to understand that a pump is not a "magic bullet", and will not fix existing plumbing faults, so it is important to have the overall design checked first to make sure that your chosen pump is going to be compatible with your plumbing system, and that there are no underlying issues that could become problematic at a later date.Learn how to choose the perfect shower.
There are two methods of pumping shower water:
A pumped shower needs to have both hot and cold feeds from storage tanks. Pumps must be fitted in accordance with current Water Regulations and not be connected to the water mains, either directly or indirectly, via a mains water heater. Read the official guide to Water Regulations. You cannot use a pump to make a power shower from an electric shower or any other shower connected directly to the mains cold water supply Water pumpscannot be used with combination boilers.
Power showers use a lot of water if used for prolonged periods. Remember to consider your water bill and the environment! Ensure the waste pipe is large enough to drain the water from the shower tray, around 27 litres of water a minute.