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SugarPGH

07:23AM | 04/06/04
Member Since: 04/05/04
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Bvplumbing
I recently purchased a third story garden apartment style condominium. The water pressure in my showers is horrendously low, almost unbearable, but it is fine throughout the rest of my home. The water company says that I live in a "high pressure" area and the condominium association claims that the water flow into each unit is open to full capacity. The person who I bought the place from said that the pipes were replaced a few years ago. My neighbor across the hall says her pressure is great, but the person below me is having the same problem as me. I have taken the flow restrictor out of my shower head, but this hasn't even put a dent into the problem. What should I do?

plumber Tom

08:18PM | 04/06/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
810 lifetime posts
Check to see if you have a PRV (pressure reducing valve) after your water meter. It's possible the PRV can be adjusted higher. Optimal pressure should be between 40 -60 PSI. To find out your exact incoming water pressure, you can purchase a test gauge that can be attached to an outside hose bibb or the drain valve on your HWHeater.

SugarPGH

04:26AM | 04/07/04
Member Since: 04/05/04
3 lifetime posts
Thank you! I'll check it out.

erik peterson

05:31AM | 04/07/04
Member Since: 06/23/03
224 lifetime posts
Simply remove the "flow-restrictors" from each shower head, very common for restrictors to partially clog with debris giving the appearence of low pressure. if your unable,,, call the building maint. or a local plumber. erik

SugarPGH

07:46AM | 04/07/04
Member Since: 04/05/04
3 lifetime posts
The flow restrictors in the shower heads have already been removed. It helped a little bit, but not nearly enough. It's so bad.

erik peterson

02:15PM | 04/07/04
Member Since: 06/23/03
224 lifetime posts
Hire a reputable "repair-plumber" to diagnose your problem...if not the shower heads it could easily be the type of "shower-valve" each with a localized restriction...hence the pressure everywhere else. Hire a professional, its worth the money. erik
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