Water Booster Pump Installation Tips- What You Should Know
While the normal water pressure as supplied at the mains is usually enough to pump water through all the plumbing in a low lying building close to the ground, it is never enough for buildings that extend beyond three stories in height and practically impossible for high rise buildings that go up to 75 feet in height or more. In such cases, alternative means of increasing the pressure of the water have to be used and water booster pumps are among the most popular solutions out there. However, it is important to point out that installing water booster pumps is not exactly what you would call a walk in the park and it is always a good idea to hire professionals who are qualified to help you with the same.
One of the biggest challenges encountered when installing water booster pumps is usually that of choosing the right one. While it would seem sensible to simply go out and buy the biggest water booster pump that you can possibly afford and install it, this would be a wrong way to go. In the engineering world more is not always better and by taking this approach you run the risk of over engineering, wherein the engineering designs are more than what is needed and yet do not significantly improve the overall performance. Plus through over engineering you are only going to increase the possibility of errors during installation and drive up the costs even higher.
It also makes a lot of sense to install water booster pumps with accompanying speed controls instead of pumps that push water at a fixed pressure. It might be a little more involving but it is absolutely worth it for the following reasons;
- The pressure boost needed could change according to the conditions of the building. For instance, the pressure boost may not be necessary when the demand for water in the building happens to be relatively low.
- If the variations in pressure at the mains are caused by the utility company that supplies the water. In such cases, it may be that low water pressure only occurs at times when there is peak demand being experienced and that at other times the pressure boost may not be necessary.
- To absorb inrush current. By being able to give the water booster pump a soft start using a variable frequency drive you can prevent the inrush which has been known to damage electronic devices that are sensitive.
While there is no denying the importance of installing water booster pumps, there are some situations in which installing such a system may not be the best decision since it might have zero or negative impact at the end of the day. Before you decide to install such a system, you should first check and make sure that the low water pressure is not caused by any of the following;
- Undersized piping
- Clogging or blockage in the water pipes
- Partially closed shut-off valves