Knowing if you need a booster pump is not always as easy at it sounds. You may have a trickling shower and very low water pressure, so in this case it will be obvious that a booster pump is required. The problem is, a lot of people wash themselves each day in a shower that just does enough to make them believe there isn't an issue, but it just isn't making for the perfect experience.
As soon as you go for a large shower heads or a power shower, you'll suddenly see the issue with low water pressure.
So, how do the experts check if you need a booster pump? This trick is so easy, even Homer Simpson could do it. Simply check your water pressure!
How to check water pressure like a pro in 3 steps
1. Grab a 1 litre measuring jug and set your watch/phone to timer mode
2. Ensure all your wet appliances (washers and dishwashers etc) are switched off as well as all taps
3. Turn your cold tap on fully and fill the jug to 1 litre and time it
Note down your time and use this simple calculation to find out if you have good or bad water pressure.
60 / (time) = (x) litres per minute.
So if your time is 9 seconds, calculate 60 divided by 9 = 6.67 litres per minute.
If it takes longer than 8 seconds to fill your 1 litre jug, then you have a poor flow rate which is probably due to low water pressure. If in doubt, get a plumber to take a look for you.
If your water pressure is low then you'll need a booster pump to help boost your shower power! There are lots of booster pumps available and it's important that you get the right one for your shower.
Choosing the right booster pump
You're probably asking yourself 'what booster pump to buy?' but don't worry, it's pretty straight forward stuff. Water pumps for showers vary in brand, type, bar size and performance, so the best place to start is choosing the one that provides the correct pressure.
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