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Low water pressure can be a real problem especially at times of peak demand.
The consequence can be low pressure and scalding hot showers, trickling taps, slow-filling toilets and washing machines and dishwashers to malfunction. As well as reducing your comfort, low water pressure in the home can cause damage to your boiler and showers and could even reduce the value of your property.

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Can I connect a booster pump directly to the mains?
The short answer is yes. However, you can only use a pump that restricts the flow to 12 litres a minute in accordance with UK water regulations. Mains booster pumps are only suitable for unvented systems.

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Why is the water pressure low?
Homes at the end of the supply line or on the top floor of a high-rise building quite often experience low water pressure unless they have a booster pump installed.

Decide whether you really need to boost the pressure in the whole house
Sometimes when a shower is added, the pressure is not what you had expected. It may be that you simply need to boost the pressure to that shower.

Calculate how much water you are likely to use at peak times
It is no use boosting the mains pressure if the likely consumption from showers exceeds the incoming flow of 12L/min. In such cases you will need to consider a storage tank. This might be a vessel or a break tank. See our Q&A section below.

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Home boosting Q & A

Things to consider when selecting a pressure boosting pump

  • Check the pressure requirements of your system and appliances. If in doubt consult a plumber.
  • Where will the pump be situated and what space do you have?
  • Do you require a water storage tank (Break Tank) between the mains supply and the pump? (Some pump sets have built in tanks whilst others such as the Esybox have separate tanks)
  • Do you require constant pressure at your taps and showers? If so choose a variable speed pump which will provide constant pressure regardless of the demand.
  • Work out the likely flow and the maximum pressure required and check requirements against the manufacturers data sheet.

  • Fixed or variable speed?

    Whilst variable speed booster pumps are generally more expensive to purchase, they are far cheaper to run and invariably far quieter than a fixed speed pump. This is because the variable speed booster pump only runs as fast as the home demands thereby consuming very little power when the water pressure demand is low. The advantage of the variable speed pump is that it will provide constant pressure even when the demand is varying, such as when more than one shower is being used at the same time.

    Can a booster pump be connected directly to the incoming main?

    Possibly. There are some pumps on the market that can be connected directly to the incoming mains water supply. However, these will only add to the incoming pressure available i.e if the incoming pressure drops during the day by 0.5 Bar then the pump will top up the shortfall; If the drop is due to demand in the house such as showers running at the same time as a toilet is flushed or a bath is running, then you require a variable speed pump to cope with the increased demand. The issue here is that the mains will not be able to cope with that increased demand at peak periods. In this case you will need a break or storage tank. This tank will need to be sized to hold enough water for the maximum expected peak demand.

    How can I test the water pressure and flow in my house?

    Using the first tap off the supply pipe (usually the kitchen tap)
    1. Fill a 4.5 litre (1 gallon) bucket with water
    2. Make sure all other taps and appliances using water are turned off.
    3. It should take 30 seconds to fill the bucket with water.
    If it takes longer to fill then it's likely you have a water pressure or flow issue.

    What is negative and positive head?

    A negative head system exists when there is insufficient pressure or head of water under gravity to provide a flow / pressure at the outlet. Typically a negative head condition exists where the flow from the outlet is less than 1 litre/min.

    A positive head system exists when sufficient pressure is available under gravity to provide a flow at the outlet. Typically a positive head condition exists where the flow from the outlet is more than 1 litre/min.

    How do I size a pressure boosting pump?

    You need to work out the height to which you need to pump, the pressure required at the outlets and the likely flow demand. Below is a table that will give you an idea of the duty requirement in a typical home.

    The duty required can be found by looking at the two following items:-

    1. Pressure requirement.
      This has 3 elements to consider:-
      1. Static head.
        This is the height above the break tank water line in the booster set to the highest outlet.
      2. Friction loss.
        These are the losses through the pipe work including bends.
        In the example below, estimating the total length of pipe to be 25 metres and limiting the velocity to 1.5m/s an average pressure loss of 15 metres per 100 metres can be expected.
      3. Residual pressure, this is the pressure required at the outlet.
        Static height = 4m
        Friction loss = 15/100 x 25m = 3.75m
        Residual pressure at highest outlet = 20m
        Total pressure requirement is 4 + 3.75 + 20 = 27.75m or 2.7bar
    2. Flow requirement.
      The flow requirement will depend on the number of occupants and the number and type of outlets that will be served.
      Daily water demand as recommended by the Plumbing Engineering Services Guide:-
      1 bedroom 210 litres
      2 bedroom 130 litres each
      3 bedroom + 100 litres each

    What size break tank is required?

    Water Storage
    The water supply companies are empowered to insist on specific terms,including the volume or period of storage. However, many water supply companies only recommend that storage be provided in accordance with BS6700 placing the responsibility and decision firmly on the consumer. If the water supply companies do not specifically dictate the storage volume then 50% of the daily demand is generally acceptable.

    Likely Requirements:

    Number of occupantsMaximum expected flowMaximum pressureMinimum storage requirement
    1 0.4 ls 4.2 bar 105 litres
    2 0.5 ls 4.0 bar 130 litres
    3 0.6 ls 3.8 bar 150 litres
    4 0.7 ls 3.6 bar 200 litres
    5 0.8 ls 3.2 bar 250 litres
    6 1.0 ls 2.7 bar 300 litres

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