When it comes to water wells, whether on a residential property or a commercial or municipal one, one of the single most important factors to keep in mind is water pressure. Even the very best water wells are of little value to a given building or area if there isn’t enough pressure present to move water from the well into needed areas.
At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re happy to cover everything from water well pressure tank systems to various other water well drilling and pressure-related areas. One particular pressure system we often recommend to our clients when installing or rehabilitating a given water well: The constant (or continuous) water pressure system. This two-part blog series will go over what this system is, how it works and the pressure issues it helps solve in water well situations.
Private Well Pump Concerns
For those who operate a private well pump system on their property and for their home, pressure may be a common concern. Whether due to low water levels, higher levels of water usage or an irrigation system that draws too much pressure away from the home, residents often find they do not receive enough pressure.
This is because these systems are designed to operate at a given pressure per square inch (psi) level, usually the 40 to 60 psi range. Your tank’s pump is set to this single range – when it reaches 40 psi, it starts to pump and continues to do so until pressure reaches 60 psi, then shuts off. But if you use multiple water sources at once within this system, there is no ability for it to raise its pressure range temporarily, and your fixtures may experience poor pressure levels.
Municipal Well Pump Concerns
If your home is served by city or municipal lines, pressure could be a concern here as well. Pressure varies based on city infrastructure and the distance your home is from the main water line, often resulting in fluctuating water pressure levels.
How Constant Pressure Systems Work
Constant water pressure systems, however, are made to change the speed of a given pump to meet the demand for water throughout a given home or property. A pressure sensor is in place, sending a signal to a controller that stops it from turning off anytime the tank reaches a certain psi – rather, the system continues to run, keeping the tank at a consistent pressure level so all fixtures receive the same pressure.
When demand increases, pump speed increases right along with it. This system will work on both water wells and municipal water lines, boosting water pressure and making it more consistent across the entire home. In addition, these systems tend to come with small, light tanks that stay out of the way.
For more on constant water pressure systems, or to learn about any of our water well drilling or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.