Booster Pumps For Commercial Buildings

Jan 17, 2024 | Plumbing

Booster Pumps For Commercial Buildings

Fluctuating water pressure presents unique problems for commercial businesses. The loss of water pressure can disrupt operations in all types of industries. Low water pressure can be caused by several factors, such as gravity, water pipe size, and distance from the water source. To avoid issues with water pressure, we often recommend installing a booster pump.

Commercial Booster Pumps

All commercial buildings use a standard water pump to push water from the source through the pipes. Sometimes, the system’s original pump is enough to provide the necessary water pressure.

When the pressure starts dropping, and only a trickle is coming out of the faucet, it’s time to contact CS Mechanical to inquire about having a booster pump installed.

Commercial booster pumps can be especially useful in multi-story buildings. Gravity can make it harder for a single pump to push water to the upper floors. Installing a booster pump will help push the water through the pipes, ensuring adequate water pressure throughout the building.

Water Pressure Booster Pump

CS Mechanical will install the water pressure booster pump where the city water line enters the building. To ensure adequate water pressure, the pump is set between 30 to 50 PSI.

When the pressure inside the building’s water tank begins to drop, the pump switches to the water supply line. It allows pressure to build back up in the storage tank while boosting water pressure.

Most water pressure boosters have four components, a motor, pump, controller, and pressure tank.

Irrigation Booster Pump

Irrigation booster pumps function similarly to water pressure booster pumps. The primary difference is where the pump draws water from. The application for both types of booster pumps can also differ.

While booster pumps are traditionally used in multi-level commercial buildings, irrigation booster pumps are often found in agricultural industries.

Instead of drawing water from a municipal water line, irrigation booster pumps push water through the pipes from a pond or well. The pump is connected to the existing water system to increase pressure and improve the water flow.

Irrigation booster pumps are available in multiple sizes. Choosing the right size pump depends on a few factors. Elevation and distance from the water source play a role in pump size, along with your required gallons per minute.

Creating a flow chart can help you make the right decision, but it can be confusing. Our experts at CS Mechanical will assess the site and make recommendations on the booster pump size. We will handle everything from installation to any necessary repairs that may occur at a later date.

Submersible Well Pumps

Commercial properties with deep wells may consider having CS Mechanical install a submersible well pump.

As the name implies, the booster pump is completely submerged in the water. Submersible well pumps are energy efficient and have long lifespans. Most well pumps can last for up to 25 years. The pumps can also be installed at varying depths, making them ideal for a variety of situations.

However, there are a couple of downsides to these booster pumps. Submersible well pumps are expensive and prone to corrosion.

The pumps use a motor to draw water from the well and push it into an above-ground storage tank.

Jet Well Pump

Another option for commercial properties not on city water lines is a jet well pump. Depending on the well’s depth, you can use a pump designed for shallow or deep water.

Shallow jet wall pumps can be installed in wells up to 25 feet and function similarly to a submersible well pump. Deep jet wall pumps can function in wells up to 100 feet deep. The downside is the deeper the well, the harder the motor works to push water into the building’s system. Both types of jet well pumps are inexpensive and can also function as irrigation booster pumps.

These types of booster pumps are prone to damage from sand, which can be an issue in parts of Texas. Deep well jet pumps are also less efficient since the motor is working harder.

Our technicians can make recommendations on the best type of jet well pump for your business.

Centrifugal Well Pump

Considered a simple well pump, centrifugal well pumps are inexpensive and require very little maintenance. However, the booster pumps are only designed to function in shallow wells.

The pump’s motor uses kinetic energy to push water through. Their small size also simplifies the installation process.

Low Water Pressure? Contact CS Mechanical

Low or no water pressure can disrupt daily business operations, but you can boost pressure. Talk to CS Mechanical about your water pressure needs and learn more about the various types of booster pumps. We will assess the sight and recommend a booster pump for your property and business needs. We will also handle any repairs that may be necessary during the life of the water booster pump.