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
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
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 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
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.