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Old 06-19-13, 04:22 AM
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Shower Pumps

Water pressure in my building sucks.
It is an apartment building so changing the pressure building wide is not an option.
In the UK is see that they have learned to deal with the low water pressure problem with shower pumps. These pumps are installed just before the shower and they are twin impeller so they are boosting both the hot and the cold lines. It seems like such a logical solution but these seem not to exist in the USA? Can someone please tell me I am wrong and where to find one. Or what other creative solution I might use to get a decent shower!
 
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Old 06-19-13, 06:13 AM
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We call them booster pumps. We had one in a high rise office building. Try a plumbing supply.
 
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Old 06-19-13, 06:35 AM
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I have tried plumbing supply.
They have booster pumps for either the hot or the cold line, for the entire house.
But not simply for the shower for both hot and cold at the same time.
This is what I am trying to find an US equivalent of:

3 Bar Twin Impeller Shower Pump - Shower Pumps - Showers -Bathrooms - Wickes
 
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What's wrong with boosting the pressure to your entire apartment? Install the pump on the water supply line entering your apartment and before the water heater and you will have increased pressure everywhere and with a pump that is more commonly available.
 
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Exactly! Boost the entire apartment.
 
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Old 06-19-13, 04:30 PM
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I third that....................
 
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Old 06-24-13, 12:37 PM
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I am guessing that you are not an apartment dweller.
Apartment buildings in NYC run vertically. The water risers in the kitchen server the kitchen in all 19 floors below me. Then the bathroom risers do the same for 19 bathrooms or sometimes more if they share a wet wall with another apartment. There is no single point of entry for all the water into the apartment. Sorry gents... boosting the entire apartment is not an option.
 
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I worked in NYC commercial buildings. In a building that size, the cold water comes from the house tank, on the roof & the hot water comes from the sub cellar. Both hot & cold pressure depend on gravity from the tank. Most times, the upper floors have less pressure. It's strange that there are 4 risers for each apartment but I guess it could be. Here's a site the discusses pressure from house tanks.

Dispelling Myths About "Poor Water Pressure"

It also mentions the idea of using a smaller pipe to increase the pressure. Maybe even a different shower head may help.
 
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