6 Dec 2000 at 5:48 pm #274079MasterPlumbersKeymaster
How can I increase water pressure through out house so we can take 3 showers at once. Have city water service.Is there some kind of a pump?
8 Dec 2000 at 6:01 pm #289111
You have establish the reason why the piping can’t deliever adequate amounts of water. Eiher:
1. Waterworks operating pressure. Call your local waterwork and ask what they are delivering in your residental area. This should be between 300 and 600 kPa. If that is in order, you can rule it out. Then your problem should be either of the following.
2. The pipe leading into the house. Either clogged or to small diameter. Inadequate capasity.
3. The pipes delivering inside your house. (Same as in 2)Inadequate capasity.
4. The faucets. Pressure lost due to dirt inside or as with self-regulating temperature faucets causing much resistance.
You could increase the capasity of the main intake pipe by installing a pre-pressurized tank. And you can increase the pressure delivered from the waterwork by means of a pump. And there exists systems combining the two, increasing the capasity. Installing this could be one solution. Another solution could be to replace old and clogged pipes with new and wider diameter. You could also replace faucets and shower gear into something causing less pressure loss.
9 Dec 2000 at 4:16 am #289112
Sir If you increased your pressure and did not take into consideration your pipe size and piping materials You kind sir are looking for an RE PIPE as you just most likely just caused excessive velocity ESPECIALLY on hot water piping.
Seeing how this velocity on most ferrous piping will cause erosion and on non ferrous systems pitting your would be better off doing proven hydraulic principles.
Anyone can say INCREASE pressure but knowing what can happen takes a person with brains and common sense.
You could safely install flow restrictors to prevent one shower/faucet from sucking up all the VOLUME and causing a pressure drop PLUS you would save water and energy plus helping your piping last a long time.
I would suggest you contact a REAL Plumber who has a masters license to size your system to optima performance. You certainly dont want the house “Jack built”
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