Solar Booster Pump Installation Photos
For folks who are not familiar with booster pump installations to pump water to pressure in a home or cabin installation these photos should be helpful. To the left of the Dankoff Flowlight booster pump on the wooden platform, there is cutoff valve on the incoming water line and a 10 micron filter canister which is recommended for the Flowlight but may not be required for other booster pumps. But, filtration is always a good idea.
The pump is connected to the incoming water line and discharge line on the downstream side of the pump with flexible hoses with wing nut female couplings. This makes replacing the pump quick and easy without cutting pipe and also helps to dampen pump noise to the plumbing. The hoses shown here are a SHURflo accessory. We keep them in stock.
The ball valve to the left in the photo is a drain line with enough room beneath for a 5 gallon bucket. The ball valve on the right is to turn the water off to the rest of the system.
Beneath the ball valve top center in the photo is a high quality all metal check valve that prevents the water from the red pressure thank (aka bladder tank) from back flowing through the pump. The small gray box over the pressure tank is a Square D pressure switch that turns the pump on when the pressure in the tank drops to about 35 psi and turns the pump off when the pressure reaches about 55 psi.
Note that some small booster pumps have a pressure switch and check valve built into the pump head. At the base of the pressure tank the tank is connected to the water line with a union which allows the tank to be removed without cutting the pipe. To the right of the base of the tank there is a pressure gauge so you can read the pressure level in the tank. Note that there is another ball valve that allows you to turn off the water to the rest of the system downstream from the pressure tank.
The silver insulated tank is a 30 gallon electric hot water heater which is being used as a hot water storage tank. It is not connected to a power source. Above the storage tank is a little 150 watt inverted that converts 12 volt DC to 115 VAC to power the controls for the on demand flow though propane hot water heater. On some occasions it is more convenient to fill the storage tank with hot water than to run the flow through heater directly to the plumbing.
At the location of the black pipe insulation horizontal to vertical transition there are three ball valves that allow the tank to be used for storage, or to divert the hot water directly to the plumbing. Note that there is another drain valve at the bottom of the black insulated pipe with room beneath for a 5 gallon bucket and another drain valve for the hot water heater. Drain valves strategically located are a real benefit for keeping the basement floor dry.
A properly installed booster pump gives you all the convenience of "city water". In the case of this installation, the water coming into the house is drawn from a 550 gallon storage tank which is in the pump house with our well.
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