Want higher shower pressure

Discussion in 'Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Barry J, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Barry J

    Barry J New Member

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    I've got a two part question:
    First of all I got a "Watts" regulator on my main line, (25-75psi). I have a "Symmons-Temptrol" shower/bath controler, model "A", and a cheap shower head from ..let's say..Walmart.
    First: How can i get more water pressure out of my shower.
    Second: Isn't there shower heads on the market that make there own higher pressure??? I kind of like the showerheads that are on hoses, We had one at the house we were at, on vacation and it worked great.
    Any suggestions on my questions
    Thanks
    Barry
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Are you on a pump system? If that's a PRV, what's it actually set at? Showerheads are limited by federal regulation to a max of 2.5 gallons/minute. You can sometimes take out a restrictor in the showerhead to get more flow, but it won't make any differece to your incoming pressure. Just like when you put your finger over the end of the hose, it can give the appearance of higher pressure. Some showerheads are better than others, but first, what's your incoming pressure?
  3. Barry J

    Barry J New Member

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    I do not know what my actual pressure is, but, on the valve itself, it listed as range 25-75psi, set 50 psi. So, I'm thinking that it's 50 psi. The plumber that put it in said that "he has not heard of any pressure problems in my town"
  4. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    The number one complaint heard by landlords and plumbers is low pressure in the shower. That is only going to get worse, as some states move from the federal 2.5 GPM, to even lower like 2.2 and 1.5

    If your pressure is 50, you would see a slight inprovement in performance if you had it adjusted up to 65.
  5. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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  6. Barry J

    Barry J New Member

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    How do I go about adjusting the valve????
    Also, as for the shower head...is there one out there a little cheaper than $80. But, also with a hose to be handheld also??
    Thanks
    Barry
  7. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Before you start adjusting, you need to buy a pressure gage. Loosen the locknut on the threaded shaft and (I think) tighten it (i.e., turn it in). You need to open and close a valve to see what the end result of your adjustment is doing and see what's on the gage.

    It costs more to engineer a decent showerhead...often, but not always, you get what you pay for.
  8. Barry J

    Barry J New Member

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    Has anybody had any experience or luck with these showerheads:
    http://www.highpressureshowerheads.com/
    They have a couple of heads that is suppose to boost pressure....do these seem good...or are they just "blowing smoke.."
  9. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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  10. Barry J

    Barry J New Member

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    Redwood, thanks for the info,
    but..... Has anybody had any experience or luck with these showerheads:
    http://www.highpressureshowerheads.com/
    They have a couple of heads that is suppose to boost pressure....do these seem good...or are they just "blowing smoke.."
  11. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    You be the guinea pig...
    Let me know!
  12. James_B

    James_B New Member

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    Hi Redwood,

    Thanks for providing information here.
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