Frequently Asked Bathroom Questions
FAQs for shower pumps
To determine if a water valve is open or closed, there is a simple general rule you can usually follow.
Basically, if the handle is turned 90 degrees to the flow, the valve is switched off. Contrastingly, if the handle remains in line with the flow path, it is on, and fully functional in alignment with your shower system.
As a mechanical item, tempering valves can be prone to failure on occasion. Tempering valve issues can cause a range of problems, including a complete loss of hot water supply to the shower system or taps, lower water pressure, or a reduced hot water temperature.
Usually, when a clicking or buzzing sound emerges from a power shower, it is a telltale sign of a blockage within the shower pump.
To combat this, you should inspect the inside of the shower system for unwanted junk and debris that could be jamming the pump or blocking a filter.
Cleaning out this unwanted grime and dirt will help to alleviate the pressure on the shower, in turn eliminating a clicking or buzzing noise when it is in operation.
Power showers can be noisy, giving off a buzzing or clicking sound, when the shower pump is jammed or blocked.
This happens as a result of dirt or debris building up within the shower system, possibly blocking a filter or jamming the pump.
Pressure is created by the unwanted debris on the system, leading to a buzzing or clicking sound emerging when the shower is in operation.
To combat the sound, give the inside of the system a thorough clean to rid it of any grime or dirt.
There are a few potential fixes you can attempt to improve the flow from your shower system.
Firstly, you can simply try cleaning the shower head, thus removing elements of dirt or grime that could be curtailing the flow to an extent.
Alternatively, you can replace the shower head with a new designer shower model, or install a shower pump or pressurised unvented cylinder.
Other options are to invest in an electric shower or a power shower which guarantee a stronger flow rate than that provided by your existing shower.
Our blog article, What Is A Power Shower, explains the advantages of this type of shower system in greater detail.
For an existing shower, you can give the shower head a thorough clean, ridding it of any dirt or debris that might be halting a free flow of water from emerging.
Alternate options include replacing the shower head with a new model or installing a shower pump or pressurised unvented cylinder.
Or, you could go for a full-scale change by purchasing an electric shower or power shower with a guaranteed superior flow rate to your existing model.
The virtues of the latter components are discussed in more detail in our blog article, What Is A Power Shower?
How much water you use during a 20-minute shower will depend on what type of shower system – and in particular, showerhead – you have installed.
Low-flow showerheads will emit around two gallons of water per minute, equating to 20 gallons per 10-minute shower, and 40 gallons over the course of a 20-minute shower.
If a standard showerhead is fitted, it will use around an extra half a gallon each minute, accounting for a 25-gallon emittance every 10 minutes, or 50 gallons throughout a 20-minute shower.
*1 gallon = 4.54 litres.
The type of shower system, and especially the showerhead, you have installed will determine how much water a 10-minute shower will use.
If you have a low-flow showerhead installed, you can expect to use about two gallons of water per minute, equalling 20 gallons throughout a 10-minute shower.
With a standard showerhead, around half a gallon more water will emerge each minute, so a 10-minute shower would use somewhere close to 25 gallons.
*1 gallon = 4.54 litres.
In general, taking a shower will ensure you use less water than when taking a bath.
For shower systems that feature standard showerheads, around 2.5 gallons of water per minute will emerge, so a 10-minute shower will use about 25 gallons of water in total.
By contrast, filling a bath can take up to around 70 gallons of water, depending on the size.
So unless you are spending an hour or so in the shower, you’ll likely use significantly more water when taking a bath.
*1 gallon = 4.54 litres.
Typically, the flushing of the toilet accounts for the majority of household water use. It is responsible for almost 30 per cent of indoor water consumption in an average home.
What type of shower system you have installed, and especially the showerhead, will help decide how much water will be used over the course of a 5-minute shower.
With a low-flow showerhead, you can expect to use about two gallons of water each minute, equating to 10 gallons over a 5-minute period.
If a standard showerhead is fit, the shower will likely emit around an extra half gallon of water per minute, so a 5-minute shower will use in the region of 12.5 gallons.
*1 gallon = 4.54 litres.
On average, shower pumps should last around eight years before they require replacement.
Shower pumps are an essential shower system component in many households, enabling the shower to provide an adequate level of water coverage at a suitable intensity.
Shower pumps can prove noisy if there is an issue with them – namely a blockage or a jam – causing a clicking or buzzing sound to emanate.
Sometimes, debris can infiltrate a shower system or home water system, blocking a filter or jamming an impeller in the process.
Pressure results in turn, creating the buzzing or clicking noise when the shower is in use.
PSI stands for pounds per square inch in relation to water pressure, indicating the force at which water enters your household from the mains water system.
Typically, homeowners prefer their household water pressure to be within the 40 and 60 PSI range, though safe water pressure gauges can vary between 30 and 80 PSI.
Typically, normal water pressure sits at somewhere between 40 and 60 pounds per square inch (PSI). The majority of homeowners like their water pressure to sit somewhere in the middle, at about 50 PSI.
When measuring the water pressure in your household, you can choose to alter it to a setting that suits everyone in the home and all typical household usage.
There are a few simple checks you can perform to see if there is an easy fix when your shower pump won’t start.
Firstly, make sure that the power supplying the pump hasn’t tripped out as a result of the pump running dry.
Then, check that there are no blockages in any of the inlet or outlet pipes, which might be preventing water from reaching the pump.
If all else fails, reset the pump by turning off the power for a short while before turning it back on.
There’s further detailed advice in our full blog guide, What Causes My Shower To Lose Water Pressure?
Power showers work by combining water from the hot and cold water supplies in the home, in the same way that a mixer shower would.
However, power showers then use a pump to bolster the water pressure, which can have a wholly positive effect on homes with low water pressure, making this type of system an especially good fit for properties like this. They represent an ideal modern shower addition in most scenarios.
Our full What Is A Power Shower guide offers a more detailed insight into the features and benefits of power showers. Plus, you can draw inspiration on some of the finest contemporary shower systems to potentially purchase in our Buyer’s Guide To Modern Showers.