Many people living in rural areas rely on wells for their residential water source. One of the most commonly experienced problems among well owners involves an insufficient amount of pressure. This problem can make it difficult to accomplish even the simplest of tasks, resulting in massive amounts of frustration.
Fortunately, you can eliminate well water pressure issues by installing a booster pump. As its name implies, a booster pump acts to increase the amount of pressure in your system. If you would like to learn more about what such a secondary pump can do for you, read on. This article will provide a useful overview of the role of booster pumps in well water systems.
To understand how a booster pump can work in your benefit, it will first help to understand how a well system operates generally. Gone are the days when water was drawn up from underground by means of a manual pump. Now, virtually all water wells contain a pump - either above ground or submerged in the well itself - which acts to move water out of the well into an above ground storage tank.
Most storage tanks come with an internal system meant to ensure consistent water pressures between 40 and 60 psi. Yet depending on a number of factors - the distance between storage tank and your home and the number of floors in your home, to name just two - the pressure generated by a storage tank simply may not be enough.
Insufficient or inconsistent pressure levels can be effectively eliminated through installing a booster pump. A well pump technician will install this secondary pump along the line of pipes coming out of the water storage tank. A pressure switch controls the booster pump's operation, causing it to turn on when the pressure in your pipes dips below a certain level.
Booster pumps are often sold in tandem with pressure tanks. These tanks, installed between the booster pump and the fixtures of your home, act as smaller reservoirs for pressurized water. This keeps the booster pump from having to run every time you turn on your tap.
Pressure tanks also ensure that pressure levels remain consistent. Systems equipped with a booster pump alone may still experience slight changes in pressure levels. This reflects the gap between the ideal water pressure and the pressure at which the booster pump will be triggered to come on.
The process to install a booster pump is relatively simple, yet one that should still be left to the professionals. First, the main pump will have to be turned off and the supply valve leading out of the storage tank closed. The output pipe then must be either cut or detached in order for the booster pump and pressure tank to be added to the line.
Special care must be taken to prevent leaks from occurring as time goes on. Experienced installers will insert a pipe nipple at the place where the pipe enters the booster pump - then wrap this pipe nipple with Teflon tape. Without this precaution, leaks will commonly occur at the place where water enters the booster pump.
Just because your home utilizes a well as its water source doesn't mean that you should have to compromise or sacrifice regarding your water pressure. With a booster pump, your entire home can enjoy strong, consistent water flow. Of course, for best results, you will need to hire a true professional to install your booster pump.
For more information about what this upgrade involves, please don't hesitate to contact our well and pump professionals at Loverin Pump & Drilling Co.