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selsheri

11:08PM | 03/25/09
Member Since: 08/06/07
5 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
Hi all,

The water pressure throughout my entire house is low.I'd like to not have to cut into the walls etc..I'm wondering if a water pressure booster is the solution to my low pressure problem?How difficult is this to have installed,any guess on how much these run?

Thank you

LarryG

12:47PM | 03/26/09
Member Since: 07/22/04
511 lifetime posts
usually you would be better off trying to get to the root of the problem instead of covering up or compensating for it.anyway here's a link.do you have gal. steel pipes.(i don't know how to spell galvanized)

http://www.plumbingsupply.com/boostcitywaterpressure.html

selsheri

08:56PM | 03/26/09
Member Since: 08/06/07
5 lifetime posts
Thanks. I'll look into the link you provided.As far as I can tell there's copper and pvc piping,I just don't know where to begin checking for problems.Someone mentioned that I needed to be sure my main valve(the city valve)outside was completely open should I start there?

LarryG

12:56AM | 03/27/09
Member Since: 07/22/04
511 lifetime posts
checking the screens on the faucets.they're called aerators.they could be plugged.

and that valve too.

Sylvan

09:26AM | 03/27/09
Member Since: 01/24/06
1455 lifetime posts
Me_office1
If you always had low pressure then a booster pump is the answer If over a period of time you found the pressure to be decreasing it could be ferrous metal piping or mineral deposits on the inside of the piping

If you open a faucet and then have a pressure drop that is an indication that a valve or possibly mineral deposits are causing the problem because of loss of volume.

I doubt if you will need booster pumps this size
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LarryG

02:40PM | 03/27/09
Member Since: 07/22/04
511 lifetime posts
are those some kind of giant braided connectors between the pumps and the pipes to absorb vibrations?

gotta be for a high rise.

is one for back up,i see one is isolated.

i think.

Sylvan

06:55AM | 03/29/09
Member Since: 01/24/06
1455 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Correct on most accounts

BUT it is not a high rise only 8 stories

selsheri

10:08PM | 03/29/09
Member Since: 08/06/07
5 lifetime posts
The city was out doing work last summer so I know where the valve is in my my yard but don't you need a special key/tool to try and turn it?Is that something I need a pro for or can I manage it on my own?Also thinking of the house faucet by faucet, I had some plumbing reworked in the basement and we installed a utility sink,the pressure from that faucet is great it's the 1st & 2nd floors that suck.

thanks again for your help

Sylvan

02:01PM | 03/30/09
Member Since: 01/24/06
1455 lifetime posts
Me_office1
The city was out doing work last summer so I know where the valve is in my my yard but don't you need a special key/tool to try and turn it?Is that something I need a pro

Yes in most area's to tamper with the outside main requires a license

Sylvan

02:04PM | 03/30/09
Member Since: 01/24/06
1455 lifetime posts
Me_office1
I had some plumbing reworked in the basement and we installed a utility sink,the pressure from that faucet is great it's the 1st & 2nd floors that suck.

thanks again for your help

Did you check to make sure the new installation all the valves are fully open and the lines were flushed prior to being placed into service?
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