Comprehensive User Guide to Pressure Booster Pump

Posted on Oct 22, 2020

Pressure Booster Pump

You definitely don’t want to live in a place with low water pressure. Imagine yourself having to shower under a trickle of water that is barely power enough to rinse out your shampoo and body wash – It could be quite a nuisance! Let us introduce you the pressure booster pump, it can meet all your needs.

What is a Pressure Booster Pump?

A pressure booster pump, also called the water pressure booster pump, is a water pumping machine that can solve such problem by increasing the pressure and volume of water. A water pressure booster pump is similar to a gas compressor, but is less mechanically complicated which often has only one single stage of compression, and is used to increase pressure of gas already above ambient pressure. Two-stage water pressure booster pumps are also available which may be used to increase gas pressure, transfer high pressure gas, charge gas cylinders and scavenge.


Do I need a Pressure Booster Pump?

To answer this question, we need to first understand what causes lower water pressure in the first place:

  • Gravity:
    Gravity can either drives or slow down water flow. When the elevation is higher where the water must be delivered, the lower the water pressure becomes, let along the fact that one gallon of water weighs at least 8 pounds. When water is traveling upward, the gravity will want to pull it right back down. Buildings lower than their water source are less likely to experience the same problems. Apartment buildings and multiple story homes may need a larger water pressure booster pump to move water up multiple stories.
  • Distance from the water source:
    The water pressure is also affected by how far the water source is and the size of water pipes. You may experience low water pressure if your home or business is located at the end of the water supply line. Also, if you water pipes are not big enough, only a small amount of water will be able to flow through.
  • Low city water pressure:
    You may experience low water pressure when your house is below the city water supply line, let along that your plumbing pipes may be clear. Sometimes, this is attributed to low water pressure from your local water supply plant.
  • Additional water system:
    Extra water treatment system or other water fixture to your home provides you with fresh water, but may lower your water pressure. This can be solved by installing a water pressure booster pump.
  • Plumbing issues:
    There are times where low water pressure is caused by more uncommon means other than gravity, transportation or additional water systems. Plumbing problems are just one of them which revolve clogged pipes or the fact that the pressure reducing valve may require adjusting.

Now that we have a fundamental understanding of the causes of low water pressure, ask yourself the questions below question to decide whether or not you really need to buy a water pressure booster pump:

  • What is my water flow rate?
    Calculate how much water (in gallons) you receive per minute, while taking all fixtures into account.
  • How much water do I need?
    Determine how much water your home or business need.
  • Where is your water source located?
    Determine if the water source is above or below the pump. Your water may be traveling uphill for several stories.
  • How much pressure do I need?
    Determine how strong you want your water pressure to be. Although higher water pressure for bathroom shower is generally preferred, pressure that is too high may be bad for fittings, plumbing and appliances.

In a nutshell, determining what model of water pressure booster pump you need (or whether need one at all) is largely dependent upon how much water you use, what the desired pressure is, and where is your water source located. If you have a large house with multiple stories, you may need a stronger water pressure booster pump that can supply water up to third floor.


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Pressure Booster Pump Installation Tips

To start, you need to know where to install your water pressure booster pump. Follow the simple guidelines:

  • In case your booster pump malfunction, always have a bypass available which allows you to isolate the pump if it stops working and requires troubleshooting. You can bypass the booster water pressure booster pump and still get water into the house.
  • Do a few test trials before connecting your water pressure booster pump to the house. A leak may sometimes cause the pump to cycle due to low water flow. Cycling will make the pump to start and stop in rapid repetition.
  • Water pressure booster pumps can be activated by water flow rate, pressure, or by both. If a leak is spotted, isolate the water pressure booster pump and test it to make sure the pump isn’t the problem. You can then find the actual cause having ruled the pump out.

How to Keep Your Pressure Booster Pump Quiet?

Your water pressure booster pump can make a lot of noise from the vibration if you are not careful with the installation process. Refrain from installing the pump directly to copper lines because the vibration of the pump will sound like an airplane motor through the copper. Use a flex connector for the inlet and outlet instead to keep the sound coming from the vibration to the minimum.


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