A typical home in New York City will usually have several plumbing fixtures including taps, faucets, showers and toilets all of which are expected to provide potable water for use within the home. However, if you live in the city, then it is likely that you may have at one time or another been disappointed to discover that there is no water flowing in any or all of these fixtures even though it might be clear that there is still water flowing through the mains water supply at ground level. The reason for this is because water will usually lose pressure as it is raised above the ground due to what are known as losses due to gravity and, when that happens, then it is definitely time to consider raising the pressure back to normal using a water booster pump.
According to Chapter 6 of the NYC Plumbing code, there are specific flow rates and pressure guidelines that have been clearly stipulated for different types of plumbing fixtures that one might expect to find within a given household. As a home owner you probably rely on the municipal water supply and this is usually provided at specific pressures. Even though you will usually expect the municipal water supply to be of sufficient pressure, this is not automatically guaranteed and therefore it is your responsibility as a home owner to make sure that you raise the water pressure to the expected standards. There are several ways to do this and they include;
- Using an elevated water tank
- Using a water pressure booster pump
- Using a hydro-pneumatic pressure booster
Each of these options has its own advantages and disadvantages which make it ideal for use in different situations. When it comes to using a water booster pump, it is a good idea to first begin by understanding typical situations where it would be of the most use and then applying them to similar situations.
When Can You Use A Water Booster Pump?
A water pump booster can be quite useful in cases where there is loss of water pressure due to any of the following;
- Tall buildings- it is generally estimated that about 0.43psi of pressure for every foot over which water is raised. In other words, one psi of pressure is lost for every 2.31 feet over which the water is raised due to gravity so you can imagine how much pressure would be lost in total when the building being supplied happens to be very tall.
- Buildings that are located uphill or very high above the pumping stations.
- Buildings that is located at the very end of or water supply lines and very far from the pumping stations.
- Buildings with very many plumbing fixtures. Generally speaking, every new plumbing fixture subtracts from the overall water pressure and a building with more fixtures of this nature may have lower water pressure that a similar building with fewer plumbing fixtures.
- In cases where there are problems within the mains water supply such as damaged or leaking shutoff valves close to the buildings.