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    Your best bet is to get someone round to do some tests on water pressure and flow. To be fair this should have been done before the new boiler was installed. Without knowing what you have at present and what you need it is hard to advise what is best for the situation. Stuart Turner and Salamander do a pump that you can add to the mains which will increase the flow to a maximum of 12lpm but this may not be the cause.

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    Who should I get to check pressure and flow, is that a plumber or water board job.

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    It should be done by a Plumber/heating engineer. Explain to them what you want doing before they come out as you want someone to do it properly.

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    I guess I can use my outside tap to measure my flow over a minute to see how much the homeboost would likely improve the flow.

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    Yes most of the time you can but not always. Your outside tap is likely to be fed from 15mm pipe. You may (although I doubt it from what you have said) have 22mm cold water main running after the stopcock and then Teeing off to each outlet. Check that there are no other obstructions such as service valves, check valves that can reduce flow.

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    As my shower is electric and fed from the cold water supply, is it not possible to just install a pump in the pipe running to the shower.

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    From the sounds of it, you are going to do this yourself. If you are then it can be more costly in the long run. You cannot put any old pump in. Unfortunate as it may sound you have to comply with the water regs which limit the about of water you can draw in off the mains. Have a look at the following Low Mains Water Pressure & Flow Booster | Stuart Turner Pumps

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    Seriously get it tested?!?!?!
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    Oh god no, I wouldn't dream of doing it myself lol, me and diy do not go together

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    Then enlist a pro. I'm not being short mate. Pumping the mains is doable but as above must be in line with water regs. If your water is worse than before get it tested in the first instance
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    All taken onboard so will get somebody in to check it, many thanks for all the advice.

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    Ok well I had the water board out today to check my pressure and at both my outside tap and at the tap at the pavement it measured the absolute minimum of 1bar and that was at 2pm when there would be very little usage as most of the estate are at work. The guy rang his manager to ask for advice and was told there must be a problem somewhere as my estate is set at 1.8 bar so we are losing pressure somewhere. He is now going to set up something down the road to monitor it for a week and get somebody out to check some valve somewhere.
    He did say that I was the only person to ever complain which is probably down to the fact that most will still be running off the tank in the loft, my immediate neighbours definitely are as I have asked them. As he was chatting to me a neighbour opposite that I don't know very well actually came out and started complaining about his water pressure being too low and affecting his shower as well.
    With a bit of luck I may get a result out of it although he did say not too expect too much as even if they do get it back up to 1.8 bar then that is still not very good.

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