The house I just bought and moved into has a fancy 6-head shower setup
in the master bath. But the water pressure seems completely
insufficient to the task of running more than one head at a time... if
I try to run more, they essentially dribble. I presume that the water
pressure and volume throughput from the well is simply too low. Is
there a product that might help? I was thinking of something along the
lines of a holding tank that could be pressurized and provide the
Clearly this is something of a lark, since who really needs a
carwash-like setup for people... it is just a matter of having a
useless bunch of showerheads irking me.
If it's a shower, you probably want hot water.
That means that a pressure-tank would need to
be BEFORE the water heater, otherwise, you'll
fill the pressure tank with hot water, and it
will then cool in that tank all day, and at night,
you can take a nice cool six-head shower that
turns warm just about when the pressure finally
drops to zero...
You need sufficient pipe-diameter from the pressure
tank, through the heater(s) and to the shower-heads.
If you have a well, you already have a pressure tank*. If the pressure
gauge on it is reading the range of 20/40 (weak), 30/50 (adequate),
40/60 (maximum recommended) then you have plumbing problems -
blockages, restrictions or the like. Do the simple, cheap thing first
if you have a filter - clean it.
* there are constant pressure pump set ups. I am not familiar with
them but I believe they also run through a pressure tank.
I guess it can feel good having the spray all over.
What you really need to know is the volume required to feed them all, the
volume the well pump and pressure tank that you have can produce. There may
be restrictions in the line from small line size, clogged filters etc. I'd
think you can get more than one to run under normal conditions. Check for a
filter first; if so, replace the cartridge.
I can appreciate a good shower, that's why when we moved to a place
with a private well, I bought a booster pump. I have 80 psi now and the
shower just blows you away unless you restrict it at the tap. They are
neither prohibitively expensive nor particularly difficult to install
assuming you have a large enough space to put it. I'm sure it would do
even better if there were no 1/2'" fittings or restrictions of any
kind, but enough pressure mutes the effect of all but the most severe
of restrictions. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat, and when it wears out
the replacement pump since I shouldn't need the little tank or flow
switch will be about $150.
On 26 Sep 2006 07:33:12 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
Most definitely a pressure tank would help. Of course you must
assure that the water lines are adequate size and there are no
I put in a drip irrigation system once and ended up having to know
exactly how much every single faucet on the whole place used in gpm
(gallons per minute). My shallow well had to ration out it work load
to do the numerous tasks needed with lots of timers. God, I love city
Along with everyone's advice of checking pressure and clogged pipes and
filters, etc. You also need to know how much your well can produce. We can
run the front sprinklers for 30 or so minutes and we are out of water.
You can get a second or larger Pressure Tank, which will store some water
and hold your pressure longer.
If your well is not producing that much water, then you would need a Storage
Tank (non-pressurized) and then a booster pump to pressurize the system from
the storage tank.
We are going with the Storage Tank and the 2nd Pressure Tank as we are now
feeding 2 houses off the same well.
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