A booster pump may not seem essential… until it fails. These pumps are designed to help increase water pressure to serve multiple areas with water and when something goes wrong, it can mean you’re without water for a while. Since they’re only boosters, many people avoid regular maintenance and that’s where the main issue is. Proper servicing is essential in keeping your water supply going.
Long before the pump fails, you may need to service it or have repairs done. It’s best to do this early on, before a small problem becomes a big one. Considering this, you should contact someone about maintenance if you notice any of the following issues:
Excessive Vibration and Noise
Is your pump shaking things up? It may be that something has come loose and needs to be tightened to reduce the vibrations. In addition to this excessive movement, you may notice that it’s making more noise too. If the noise level is increasing, have a professional check it and replace any parts that may be causing this.
Reduced Water Pressure
The entire reason for having booster pumps in the water system is to increase water pressure, so if it drops suddenly, there’s something wrong. There may be a leak or something mechanical may have broken. Either way, you’ll need a technician to look after the situation and remedy it.
It’s a good idea to check your pipes and booster pump for potential leaks at least once or twice a year. Leaks can not only lower your water pressure, but they can also cause water damage. Inspect the pump unit for moisture and watch for any pooling of water on the floor around the pump. All pipes and joints should also be checked for dripping. Even small leaks can cause big problems.
Higher Energy Bills
If your booster pump is working harder than usual, it may drive up your energy bills. The increase could be caused by any number of things, but it’s worth checking the pump to ensure this isn’t the source. If you notice higher bills along with any of the other symptoms on this list, the culprit is likely your pump.
Rust or Worn Parts
During your annual inspection, look for any signs of wear and tear on the pump. Rust should also be of concern, as it can mean the pump’s parts are breaking down and may need replacing. If you notice anything like this, call in a repair technician as soon as possible.
Booster pumps can add a lot to your water pressure and improve the experience throughout the building. However, when they start to break down, it’s best to sort the problem out as soon as possible to avoid more expensive issues.
Do you need maintenance help with your booster pump? Call us here at H2O Comply today to schedule a technician.