It isn’t uncommon for homes to suffer from low water pressure. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as a slow-filling bath, poor flow from the shower or inadequate performance from your combi boiler, then you too may be experiencing low water pressure.
But although it’s a widespread problem, that doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed. The solution lies in a booster pump / booster pumps in order to improve the flow and get things back to how they should be.
Type of Pump
One of the leading options for correcting low water pressure is the Home Boost range from Salamander pumps. These are able to raise your water pressure by around 1.5 bar whilst still ensuring you stay compliant with water-use and installation regulations. They’re compact and easy to install and quiet in operation too, so they won’t disrupt your home with extra noise. Intelligent control means that the pump will only operate when it’s needed, so it won’t hit your energy bills either.
Where to Fit
Your booster pump / booster pumps need to be installed on your incoming mains water pipe. It should be fitted after the stop tap but before the central heating boiler. The pump needs to be on rigid, fixed pipework. In this position it can boost the flow to all taps, showers and appliances like washing machines and dishwashers in your house.
The unit needs to be positioned with its inlet and outlets vertical, and it should be somewhere that’s protected from frost. Make sure that it’s easy to access for when it requires servicing too. Don’t box it in where you can’t get to it.
There’s a video showing the installation process and how quiet Home Boost pumps are in operation.
Installation is much simpler and quicker than for some other solutions. All of the fittings you need for installation are included in the pump kit. You get washers, a filter washer, a straight connector, an isolation valve connector and some adapters to cope with either 15mm or 22mm pipe connections. Full instructions are included too, so you’re ready to start installing as soon as you get the kit.
Installation should only take about an hour. If you’re not confident doing it yourself, you can get a qualified plumber to carry out the work for you. You’ll need to turn off the water supply at the stop tap and drain the pipes by running the taps before starting work.
You can then cut into the pipe to fit the pump – make sure you allow room for isolating valves as well as the pump itself. With the pump fitted, the inlet pipework needs to be flushed and the pump filled with water before you switch on the electrical supply to the pump. This makes sure you have no airlocks in the system.
Once the power is connected, the pump should activate automatically as soon as a tap is turned on. A light on the pump indicates that it’s operating. You can then enjoy your improved water pressure throughout the house. These great tips from Anchor Pumps will help you to install one properly.