Plumbing Question

Do we need a second hot water system as mains water pressure too low for combi?

We have a powerful combi which several plumbers have told us would be capable of running two showers but the mains pressure is so low we don't have enough to run two hot taps at once off the combi. Have an electric shower in an en-suite and want to replace that with a wet room and proper shower as the mains pressure is too low for an electric or any instant heater to provide a decent flow.

Am I looking at something like a megaflow in the attic? Will that still mean we can only use one hot water source at a time as the pathetic mains pressure will be mixed with the megaflow HW and will also be trying to supply HW via the combi? Is there any way to get two good water pressure showers working at once?

2 Answers

Best Answer

If you have measured the mains pressure and had a reading with no taps running ( known as standing pressure ), and this reading was suitably poor, then you may be , what is know in the trade as, Stuffed.

A Megaflow needs good flow and pressure, so does a combi to use multiple outlets simultaneously.

The good old fashion water tank and negative head pump combination will work well in most applications.

It does sound as if you may need to rethink your plumbing options from scratch, as tanks and pumps would mean going back to a traditional set up (hot water cylinder).

On a positive note, the combi may, (refer to manufacturers instruction), be used as a heat only boiler, therefore you could possibly keep it if you decide to go traditional.

Answered 7th Aug 2012

pjb plumbing & heating

Member since 17 Apr 2012

Agree with pjb, megaflow needs the same pressures as a combi to work well. How about installing a cold water storage tank with a pumped supply to the exisitng combi, if you've got the space for this will save on costs as your not changing the whole system.
(You cannot install a pump on the mains, against water regs and you'll leave neibours with little to no water).

Answered 7th Aug 2012

Culkin Plumbing and Heating

Member since 3 Aug 2012

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