A booster system (or simply booster) is a system that ensures a water supply remains pressurised. Such a system can be used for various purposes:
- Flushing the toilet
- A second or third shower in the home
- Multiple washbasins
- Appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, coffee machines etc.
When using multiple water appliances at the same time, the pressure in the water supply naturally reduces. These means a lot less water will come from your shower or tap. To prevent this and keep the water supply pressurised, one may opt for a booster system.
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Operation of a booster system
The booster pump sucks water through the suction diameter, after which the water is pumped into the pressure vessel. As soon as the pressure vessel is full, the pump turns itself off. The pressure vessel (often with a capacity of approx. 20 litres) is now filled with water.
The booster pump is also connected to a drain pipe. This drain pipe may lead to several supply points (e.g. multiple taps) in your home. As soon as a supply point (e.g. a tap ) is opened, water flows directly from the pressure vessel to the tap. If only a few litres of water are used, the pump won't have to turn itself on, given that the pressure vessel contains enough water to supply the supply point.
As soon as the pressure vessel starts to become empty, the pump will automatically turn itself on to replenish the vessel. After it is full, the pump will automatically switch itself off again.
Different types of booster systems
Generally speaking, a booster pump is an irrigation pump equipped with a pressure switch and vessel. An irrigation pump doesn't automatically turn on or off (without any additional accessories) depending on the water demand, but will run continuously. By equipping an irrigation pump with a pressure switch, such a pump can be turned into a booster pump. However, this would be a booster pump without pressure vessel, as shown in the picture on the left.
Below is a list of the advantages and disadvantages of every type of system:
- + The pump automatically stops when the reservoir is filled
- + The pump automatically starts to replenish the water level
- - Takes up more space
- + Is smaller due to the lack of reservoir and therefore better suited for small spaces
- - Must always be turned on when water is used, resulting in noise and additional power consumption
Waterpompshop.nl recommends using a booster system with reservoir, as shown in our assortment.
Installing a booster system
A booster system must be installed in a well-ventilated, dry and frost-free place. Preferably in a place that is easy to reach. In addition, the following matters are important:
- The pump must be connected via a ground connection
- The pump must be placed on an elevation, i.e. not on the ground
- A safety valve must be fitted on the system's opening
- This safety valve must be equipped with a filter (clean this filter regularly)
- The water supply pipes are connected by means of special PVC or brass connectors. These connectors have an insertion end and a fixed nozzle end. Planning on installing the system outside? Always use brass connectors.
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