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September 11, 2008 3:44 AM Subscribe
What can I do about the low water pressure in my apartment? What should I ask/tell my landlord, and what can I expect to happen?
posted by phunniemee to home & garden (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I just moved into a new place and the water pressure sucks. It was sort of OK for a couple of days, but last night it slowed down to a really weak stream, and not much more than a trickle in the shower. We thought someone else in the (small) building was using laundry or washing dishes or something, but it's been just as bad all night (says my nocturnal roommate).
I'm going to call my landlady in a few hours and--complain? How exactly should I approach this? What kind of hope is there for something like this getting fixed? How do you fix water pressure? The building was gut-rehabbed 3, maybe 4 years ago, so they're probably not going to re-lay pipes or anything.
Stats on the apartment:
-in Chicago (Pilsen)
-house converted into four units w/2 attic lofts
-each of the four units has laundry and a dishwasher (we've found that if we use just one of the things, water pressure decreases significantly in the rest of the apartment--really only one thing can be used at a time--but in the last 24 or so hours, it's been that bad without us running anything)
-I don't know where the hot water heater or any of the other stuff that makes an apartment work is kept, so I can't go poking around myself to diagnose any problems
-landlady/owner owns only this building and has one handyman guy come and do repair work--but he's more a dude with a truck and a tool box than and actual repairman
So, yeah, what could possibly be wrong, and how realistic is it to solve?