If you have been experiencing issues with low water pressure from your well pump, there could be a number of reasons this is happening. One of the issues might simply be that the pressure switch on your pump is bad. These switches tend to fail over time, and you can have yours tested and replaced if necessary. If this does not fix the issue, though, you might want to consider getting a booster pump installed. A booster pump can help with low-water-pressure issues tremendously, and here are a few things to know about these pumps.
A Booster Pump Works With The Pressure Switch
The pressure switch on your well pump is designed to control the amount of pressure supplied from your well to your faucets. This switch can be set up to around 70 psi, but that doesn't always mean that this is the amount of pressure you will get. There are a lot of factors involved with the actual amount of pressure that comes from your well to your faucets. If you cannot get the amount of pressure you desire with a switch alone, adding a booster pump tends to be an effective solution because it will work with the pressure switch to help you achieve more pressure.
How A Booster Pump Works
A booster pump is a device that is attached to the well pump, and its main purpose is to increase water pressure. It works with the use of an expansion tank. The expansion tank contains a bladder, which fills with water each time the pump runs. The water that enters the bladder tank is compressed, and compressed water contains more pressure than regular water. Because of this, a booster pump allows you to have more water to use when it is needed for your faucets.
The Cost For A Booster Pump
To get a booster pump, you should expect to pay at least $800. This price typically does not include the cost of labor though, so it will cost more than this to have one installed by a professional. The good news is that getting a booster pump will most likely solve the problems you have with low water pressure.
A Word Of Caution
If the pipes in your home are really old, you should understand that increasing the water pressure too much can increase the risk of pipes breaking. Even brand-new pipes can only handle so much pressure, and this is why you cannot set your pressure up too high on your pressure switch. Old pipes, on the other hand, may not be able to handle as much pressure as new pipes, and this is primarily because they may be weak.
If the pipes in your home are really old and weak, the added pressure you add to your system could be enough to break the pipes. This could result in major leaks in your pipes, and leaky pipes can lead to water damage.
If you are concerned about the condition of your pipes, have a plumber examine them before adding additional pressure to your system. If the pipes are weak, you may want to consider having them replaced before you add a pressure booster system to your water pump. On the other hand, if your pipes are in good condition, you should have nothing to worry about.
Low water pressure can be the result of a bad pressure switch and many other things. Adding a booster may solve this problem, but you should always talk to a plumber before you decide to take any steps just to make sure you choose the right option. For more information on well pumps, contact a company like County Pump & Supply Co.Share
10 October 2016
Hi everyone, my name is Linda Strickerts. I am going to talk about plumbing pipes problems, repairs and upgrades on this site. Although the pipes hide beneath the floors and behind the walls, they are an integral part of the home. Without plumbing pipes, we would still be heading out to the outhouse to do our business. Washing clothes, dishes and ourselves would also not be possible without carrying buckets of water in and out of the home. I hope to explore the different ways plumbing pipes changed our lives for the better. I will talk about keeping the pipes in great shape as well. Thanks.