There are times when the pressure of your home’s water service is so low that water cannot actually reach the faucets located on the upper floors. And even if it does, it only manages to make the faucets and the shower drip. You should not immediately blame it on poor plumbing. Sometimes it is just because the water pressure is low. This is because there are just too many consumers using the service at the same time. Another reason for this is because the water service provider’s booster pumps are having problems. If you wish to prevent this from happening, you can install a water pressure pump in your own house.
You may think that this is a complicated plumbing job that is best left to a skilled plumber. In fact, it is easy and many people with a little plumbing and soldering experience have actually done this by themselves with minimal help from some members of the household. However, when it comes to the electrical part, you may need the services of a professional electrician. You should also have the basic tools that you will use in the installation and the pump. Here are the steps you should follow in installing the water pressure pump.
- The very first thing that you have to do is to turn off the house’s water supply at the main valve. It is located near the meter. You may decide to put the pump right next to the main valve and serve as a valve pump. However, the main valve may be located at some distance from your house and this may cause some pressure to be wasted on its way to your house.
- Clean the water supply pipe to your house with an emery cloth and then cut the pipe with a tubing cutter. After this, place the pump then cut and fix a copper pipe and its fittings to connect the pump to the water supply line of your house.
- Dismantle the copper pipe and fittings. After disassembling these, clean each with your emery cloth. When it is clean enough, put flux in the connections and then solder these parts together. Depending on the type of pump you have, whether it is a ball pump or not, you should make sure that it has enough power or pump flow to meet your household demands.
- Ask a licensed electrician to install the power supply of the pump. This electrical pump line is connected to an electrical panel. Make sure that the pump has a panel and circuit breaker of its own since this may demand a higher wattage when put on.
- When all the connections are done, open the main valve. You can then go and read the gauges to check the pressure unit, pump power, and improved flow. This will provide you the basis for adjustments should you desire more water pressure to your house.
Make sure that before installing a water pressure pump, you already have enough information about the pump itself. These matters a lot in anticipating the electrical power it will need and the resulting pressure you will expect.