I have just bought a new house which requires extensive renovation to remodel the inside and probably build an extension. One issue (of many!) I have which I need to resolve temporarily until the works are completed is my shower. It is one of those integrated bath mixer taps and shower head with the shower head fixed to the wall. The trouble is that the water literally dribbles out of the shower head making it almost unusable.
Having read the great posts here, I initially thought about spending £100 or so and fitting a shower pump but on investigation, from what I have read here and on the manufacturers websites, the plumbing would have to drastically change which I don't really want to do as we will be replacing the whole lot in around 6 months.
My layout is as follows.
I have a cold water storage tank in the loft with the hot water cylinder in the airing cupboard on the floor below next to the bathroom. Due to the way the house was extended previously, although they are on different floors, there is about a 5m horizontal distance between the hot water cylinder and cold water tank (if that makes any difference).
Problem 1 The hot water is taken from the top of the cylinder and has 3 branches (each with a cut off valve - the red round handle type) the 3rd of which is the one to my bathroom and what looks like a vent pipe back to the cold water tank upstairs. It would be easy to "break" into the bathroom feed pipe to put the pump in line but if I have read things correctly, the pump needs to be the first thing off the tank and have no valves between it and the tank. There is not enough room between where the pipe comes out of the tank to the first branch to cut it in there.....
Problem 2 There are 2 feeds from the cold water storage tank. One is a supply to the bottom of the hot water tank, the second for the rest of the house. Again, cutting in to this would be easy but I assume if I could solve problem 1 to just pump the hot water to the bathroom, I would then have pumped cold water but "normal" hot water throughout the rest of the house.
Is there a device which I can fit on the pipe run to the bath which would give me some more pressure? I am not looking for a power shower merely a usable one.
Sorry this is a little lengthy........
Once again, any help gratefully received as I am stumped on this one.