Water Pressure is the measure of water pushing through the mains and into your household pipes. It is measured in bars (one bar is equal to the force required to push water up to the a 10m height).
Normal water pressure in your home should range between 30 and 80PSI. Anything going above 80PSI would be considered too high and cause serious damage such as leaking pipes, mould growth etc. if left un-repaired.
To test low water pressure at home, you will need a few items; first a 1-2 litre and your phone timer. Start running the water once you start the timer. Stop the timer after 6 seconds – Now multiply the volume of water in litres (eg. 0.9 litres) by 10.
This equals the flow rate in litres per minute – i.e. 0.9 litres in 6 seconds equals 9 litres per minute. If it is less than 10 litres per minute it would be considered low. Ideally 15 litres and above per minute is considered good.
To determine if you have low water pressure check the system you have in your home if it is a Gravity-Fed system you will have a cold water tank stored in the loft and a large hot copper cylinder in the hot press upstairs.
If you have high water pressure you might have combi-boiler it will usually be located in your kitchen close to wear the cold mains enter your property or an unvented system boiler which can be installed anywhere. Indirectly heated by a boiler, solar panels, or directly fuelled by electricity, gas or oil.
As mentioned above, a low pressure water system typically is through a Gravity-Fed system. The water pressure supplied around your home is determined upon the height in which the cold storage tank sits from the location of the taps around your house.
Every 1 metre drop from the water tank is approx equal to around 0.1 Bar in pressure. The upstairs bathroom will normally sit around 2 metres below your tank, resulting in a water pressure of 0.2 Bar, and in the kitchen, around 5 metres below your tank, therefore you get approx 0.5 Bar of pressure.
Depending on your system an electric shower could be a good option. They are easy to install and will only heat the water used while showering avoiding wastage and saving you time and money. Take for example the Mira Elite SE pumped electric shower. If you are unsure call us we can help point your in the right direction.
Short answer, yes you can have power shower other-known as a pumped shower with a low pressure system. In fact, the Mira Event XS thermostatic pumped electric shower is a powerful addition to your bathroom. It has a built-in electrical pump used to increase the flow rate which makes the showering experience much more enjoyable.
There is ways that may help increase your water more cost-effective than replacing your entire plumbing system.
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