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Shower problems -- changing water temperature & low pressure

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Ever since I moved into my apartment (around July) I've been having problems with my shower. The water temperature is simply not constant. Sometimes the change is just annoying from luke-warm to hot and sometimes it goes from really cold to really hot and back in seconds.

I have pestered the management agency a few times and they have changed the shower head and the tap (they call it "battery"). Didn't work.

What else can I do? I really like the apartment and don't want to move. Is there some kind of magic tap that monitors the water temperature and keeps it constant by adjusting the pressure of hot and cold?

Any other ideas?
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Re: Shower problems -- changing water temperature & low pressure

I would go ask your neighbours if they are experiencing the same issues, if not and it's just your place get the agents to put a plumber in to test the water pressure and the boiler in your apartment. Is the variation the same on the bath/basin taps?
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Re: Shower problems -- changing water temperature & low pressure

Ah, you must be in our apartment block - a neighbour came round as they thought the problem was caused by someone installing a dishwasher or washing machine...a note went up, the housekeeping was informed, but I'm not sure the problem has been solved - it's definitely a problem with the cold water pressure...

The neighbour who came round said she'd lived in the apartment for 15 years and they'd never had the problem before...
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I would go ask your neighbours if they are experiencing the same issues, if not and it's just your place get the agents to put a plumber in to test the water pressure and the boiler in your apartment. Is the variation the same on the bath/basin taps?
I think there is one boiler for the entire apartment block, but I am not sure.

I think the variation is the same on basin taps, but less noticeable (probably due to lower pressure?)

Another thing I have noticed, is that if I the shower is running, and I use the basin tap, its temperature changes immediately and predictably...

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Re: Shower problems -- changing water temperature & low pressure

We have the same problem: the shower in the bathroom changes from scalding to freezing within seconds, whereas the shower in the shower room remains nice and constant. Probably something to do with the general plumbing in the flat or possibly, how many other people are using hot water at the same time in the block on that particular water pipe.
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Re: Shower problems -- changing water temperature & low pressure

Cold water pressure it is then, are you sure you don't have a hot water boiler/immersion heater in your flat. If it's a persistent problem solely for your flat, then a communal boiler problem in unlikely. In our building the heating is communal but the ho****er is serviced by individual boillers.

If you are the only person suffering the problem insist the agent visits, and show them the full extent basin/bath/shower. Also make sure you have evidence of communication about the problem so you can show how long it's been going on.

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