I want to replace 10 showerheads with low flows -recommendations?

starfish11040March 6, 2011

I would like to begin replacing the showerheads in my ten tenant's apartments with low flows.

I have hesitated to do this because I have been concerned that these low flow heads would not give as satisying a shower as the old one and so the tenant would simply replace it. That's why I would like one with good pressure and which doesn't reduce temperature as it leaves the head. Also how low can I go with the gpm without the tenants reacting?

So I think the issues are good pressure, aerated vs. non-aerated, gpm, and price (of course I want inexpensive).

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Who pays the water/sewer bill?

    Bookmark   March 6, 2011 at 1:28PM
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I'm the owner. I pay the water bill anf the water-heating bill.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2011 at 2:38PM
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There's an online review of the various ones somewhere. The good ones are around $50 as I recall. Main thing is to avoid the budget-priced Delta from the big box stores since it's quite painful (stings) to use. They won't tolerate it.

Also, avoid the ones that are so-called water-saving, but still have regular flow and save the water only by having the user shut them off "mid-shower" while they shampoo, etc. That'll never happen.

Installing flow restrictors are another way to go.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2011 at 8:21AM
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These seem worthy of some further investigation.

Here is a link that might be useful: Green shower heads

    Bookmark   March 10, 2011 at 8:44AM
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Go to the contractor service desk at your local home depot. They have a solid brass water saver shower head that is $5.99 for a pack of two.

The first time I saw these shower heads was at a large motel near here. I asked their chief of maintenance and he told me they had installed 340 of them and have had no complaints. In fact, the guests seem to like them so much that they actually sell the shower heads in their gift shop for $10.

I have one on my personal shower and the best way I can describe the pressure is imagine you are standing under a pressure washer.

Here is a picture of the shower head.

You can get them at Home Depot through their commercial Maintenance Catalog at the contractor service desk and sometimes you can find them on the rack in ACE hardwares.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 1:00AM
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Unfortunately the item pictured might be the type that Homebound indicates causes painful stings. Kids are more sensitive. The whole thing reminds me of an incident that occurred at a family gathering a few years ago. One of the kids, about 10, who usually showers was headed for the bathtub. When asked why, he responded that he did not feel like being "power washed". We all had a good laugh.

Personally, I like them.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 2:02PM
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Not quite. The stinging one is the Delta Faucet 75155, 1.6 GPM Water-Amplifying Showerhead. Here's a link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Delta 75155

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 5:27PM
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Check out the Delta 54752 - 1.5 gpm. Around $28 dollars. Looks nice.

Look for something with the EPA water sense logo, at least there will be some standard imposed.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2011 at 8:32AM
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