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63 flats in block, mains insufficient, is a pump the answer?

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by Dammit, 2 Dec 2019 at 3:57 PM.

  1. Dammit

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    Our 1930's block doesn't have any pumps so rely totally on mains pressure to deliver water to the 63 flats. It's very weak by the time it gets to us, on the 1st floor.

    Is this situation something that a pump on the mains supply within my flat would help, or would that simply overwhelm the supply?
     
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    A pump may help, but you're only allowed to pump up to 12 litres per minute flow rate, using a pump approved for the job. You may also **** off your neighbours if you end up making their supplies worse
     
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    How many floors high is this block of 63 flats of which you complain of low pressure whilst only being on the first floor. Something isn`t stacking up here, are you certain there isn`t tanks on the roof.
     
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    Four stories, there are tanks on the roof but they only feed the cisterns, direct mains to the taps and boiler.
     
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    Nah... Has to be distributed somehow... Off of a big ass supply... Be it main or tank(s).
     
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    Any idea what is it like on the fourth floor, have you just moved in by any chance?
    So much depends on what you are allowed to do and room
     
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    Check your stopcock and speak to neighbours.
     
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    Main supply comes in then it's distributed throughout the block through pipework, when I reported the low pressure to the water board they took a look and said it is what it is - in a modern block there'd be a big pump between the mains supply and the flats, but given the age of the block that had never been installed.

    There used to be communal hot water fed from a boiler in what is now flat 63, and there was gravity fed cold water from tanks on the roof.

    When the communal heating was ripped out they ran mains water to each flat as well (no one has explained why), and the cold water tanks were left there.

    In my flat the water tanks feed the toilet cisterns, the mains feeds the basins, sink, bath/shower/boiler.
     
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    Hah, no - moved in nine years ago. Water pressure is rubbish for everyone in the block, always has been. You get used to it, but then you go away on holiday (as I did last week) and the water pressure is a real "oh, oh dear" moment the first time you step in the shower.

    It's been on the list to attend to for 8.9 of those 9 years, but I've not got round to it (not really known how to get round to it).
     
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    Stopcock is fine, 100% of neighbours report low water pressure for the entire time they've lived here.
     
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    Not a lot you can do apart from "put up with it" or "move" my friend :(.

    Maybe do what I do and work so bloody hard that I don't get to go on holiday so never have a chance to experience the perfect living environment! :cry:;):LOL:

    You can try and form a pressure group (pun intended) to improve services, but that'll probably see you lying in dirt before it sees you lying in a bath of piping hot water! :sick:
     
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    So a tank and pump type thing in my flat isn't going to achieve anything? It's pointless trying to organise anything through the building management, they're as venal as they're useless.
     
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    stuart turner do small pump systems worth looking at.check the db rating
     
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    Do you have active communal communication between everyone in the 63 flats? Sounds like a ripe candidate for some big assed accumulators and pump sets or mains booster sets installed.

    If split between 63 flats then cost would be minimal.
     
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    Honestly, it'd be a disaster - the managing agent would stick his hand out so fast there'd be a sonic boom, then he'd get a quote for £180,000 for the work.

    Also, I don't know where those would go - sounds like more kit than would fit in a broom cupboard?
     
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