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Water pressure really low

Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by fullylucky, 22nd Apr, 2016.

  1. fullylucky

    fullylucky Well-Known Member

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    Problem: I feel the shower water pressure in my house is really low.

    And has significantly reduced in recent months.

    Is there any way to boost the rate at which the water comes out?
    get a better shower head? has anyone encountered this before what's the best way to imrpove it?

    or there's no way, it's controlled by where you live, just have to hope the Ubran Utitlies improves the pressure?

    Can I called them and ask them to up the pressure?

    Any advice would be helpful.
     
  2. bashworth

    bashworth Well-Known Member

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    Most water authorities have to meet pressure standards.

    To actually measure pressure is quite hard so the normal test is to see how many litres a minute flow from the tap on your boundary.

    Typically if you can't fill a 5 lire bucket in less than 10-15 secs it's worth contacting the water authority.
     
  3. Benny Boy

    Benny Boy New Member

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    Most likely a blocked water re-stricter with in the shower rose, small disc easily removed. Problem solved. Over time they get blocked up with small amounts of debris in your water supply causing a slow decrease in pressure. Provided your water pressure is better throughout the rest of the house, i would almost ensure this will be the cause.
     
  4. Westminster

    Westminster Tigress at Tiger Developments Business Member

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    Sometimes its build up in the shower head preventing water coming out. Are you only noticing it in the shower or all over the house?
     
  5. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

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    Have you checked if your fridge is running?
     
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  6. Bran

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    Wow. It must be 10 years
     
  7. Marg4000

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    Is it just the shower? Maybe ensure the mains tap is turned on fully where the water supply enters your property.
    Marg
     
  8. No Probs

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    Did you crush the water pipe while building your temple?
     
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  9. Bran

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    Are you higher or lower than the water reservoir?
     
  10. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

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    Rain water tank could have a dead mouse in it
     
  11. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Beat me to it.
     
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  12. Xenia

    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Sometimes cleaning the shower head can help.
    Is it the hot water that is low pressure?
    Do you have a gravity fed HWS? If so they are just naturally low pressure and nothing can be done except to replace the HWS
     
  13. Corey Batt

    Corey Batt Finance Strategist Business Plus Member

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    Ignoring the fact this is a FullyLucky thread - I've found the most common issue for water pressure reduction on shower heads being the water restrictor being clogged with calcium etc. Quick easy fix and water pressure back to where you want it. :)
     
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  14. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    I had a zero water pressure call out today (grumble grumble, joys of being pm).

    Sydney Water had decided to turn off the main and ot tell anyone. (Grumble again).
     
  15. beachgurl

    beachgurl Well-Known Member

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    I've just been reading this exact gripe in my local community Facebook page.
     
  16. kitdoctor

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    Yep shower restrictor/aerator is often the cause, blocked with small sand/grit/silt particles.

    We had an IP once (old house where the size of the hot water piping actually wouldn't meet current standards) where the tenant complained of low shower pressure. We didn't know but they had changed the shower head which did have a restrictor/aerator. Only twelve months before we had changed the showerhead as part of a reno but we removed the restrictor/aerator knowing it would cause a problem.