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How Much Could a Booster Pump Energy Check Save You?

Booster Pump Set

Booster pumps are an effective method of increasing water pressure and ensuring building users can access water of a suitable pressure, regardless of the number of outlets in use or size of the building.

Booster pumps are often used in larger sized buildings with multiple occupants such as flats, apartment blocks, office buildings, hotels, schools and Government buildings where mains pressure alone isn’t enough to meet demands.

Many booster pumps we find in operation are old units with antiquated controls which become less economical and efficient over time. With environmental impact becoming very important and the cost of electricity always rising, it can pay dividends to understand how economical your pump is and take steps to improve it.

Read our blog post to find out more about the considerable savings that can be unearthed through an energy check, the benefits of a modern booster pump and the importance of keeping your booster set professionally maintained.

Booster Set Energy Check Savings

A pump energy check gives you a clear view of your pumps current performance and the associated cost savings that could be made by upgrading your existing booster pumping system. When carrying out an energy check, the following factors are considered:

  • Pump & head flow
  • Motor power data
  • Operating hours per year
  • Age of pump
  • Pump use
  • Operating needs

From this data, the test can ascertain what energy savings could be made with the installation of a new booster set, including how long the payback time would be.

At Mawdsleys Pumps, we regularly carry out energy checks in line with the ISO 14414 Pump Energy Assessment Standards before making system recommendations to clients, often revealing thousands of pounds worth of energy savings that could be made.

In a recent test we carried out, we uncovered potential savings of over £40,000 over a 10 year period at an NHS facility in Bristol, read the full case study here.

The Benefits of a Modern Booster Set

Modern booster sets are made up of several components designed to enable adequate water pressure to any sized building. As technology has improved, so have the number of benefits a booster set offers, the key advantages are:

  • Variable Speed Drives – Modern booster sets are fitted with variable speed drives, these drives have pressure sensors and flow sensors which keep the pressure constant with varying demand, extending the life of the pump and meaning you only pay for what you use.
  • High Efficiency – As technology has improved, booster pumps have become more and efficient, offering adequate pressure on a normal mains water supply.
  • Environmental Benefits – As a result of improved efficiency and variable speed technology, modern booster sets use less energy, reducing the carbon footprint.
  • Duty, Standby and Assist – Modern booster sets are usually compromised of multiple pumps, meaning that there is a backup should the demand exceed the main pump, plus a standby pump should one fail. These are known as ‘duty’, ‘duty – assist’ and ‘standby’ pumps.
  • Lower Running Costs – Equally, improved efficiency and reduced energy use results in lower overall running costs, building owners can expect a booster pump to pay off its installation cost long before the end of its life.

Keeping Your Booster Set Well Maintained

Due to their critical nature, there is never a good time for a booster pump to fail or start to underperform.

In order to keep your booster set running at maximum efficiency, it is recommended that you have your pump serviced by a professional pump engineer.

As well as keeping the pump running at full strength, regular servicing ensures that any developing faults are rectified, reducing the risk of breakdown.

Additionally, there are maintenance checks such as visual inspections that can be carried out every month to complement annual servicing.

To help keep on top of routine maintenance, we have created a free inspection checklist for responsible persons. Click the button below to download your copy.

Download free booster pump maintenance checklist

Booster Pump Installation, Energy Checks & Service Contracts

At Mawdsleys Pumps, we offer an end to end service for the design, installation, repair and ongoing servicing of booster sets; with servicing contracts including regular preventative maintenance to keep your pump running efficiently, which will reduce risk of breakdown.

We also carry out energy checks for booster pumping systems, to highlight and inefficiencies in your system and suggest upgrades which could improve efficiency, reduce energy usage and save on running costs.

For more information about our energy checks, booster pump service or maintenance contracts, give one of our expert team a call today on 0117 954 8030 or fill out a contact form and we will get back to you.

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How To Improve Water Pressure

Water pressure is an essential part of any building with a water supply, yet it’s often taken for granted until something goes wrong and the pressure drops.

Low water pressure can be caused by a number of factors such as high demand and can affect every water outlet in the premises including toilets, showers, taps, pumps, washing machines, and water tanks.

Experiencing low water pressure is extremely frustrating for building users and in commercial and agricultural environments, can result in huge drops in efficiency due to the extra time taken to output water.

Read our latest blog post to find out more about the causes of low water pressure and how you can improve your water pressure.

What are the Causes of Low Water Pressure?

Water pressure is effectively the force that transports water through your pipes, so lower water pressure means that the water flows at a lower velocity.

There are a number of reasons why your water pressure may have dropped. The most common reasons for low water pressure are:

  • When demand for water is higher, pressure may be impacted
  • Properties that have a shared supply are more likely to experience issues with water pressure
  • In larger buildings such as hotels, offices, or blocks of flats, water outlets at the top of the building tend to get lower pressure
  • In gravity fed systems, your water pressure depends on how high the source of water is above your property
  • Additionally, the distance your property is away from the water source will impact the pressure you get
  • Old or damaged pumping facilities may no longer be able to cope with the demands of the building
  • Pipes restricting the flow of water due to diameter, corrosion, blockages, and leaks can reduce the water pressure

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Why Water Pressure Matters

Low water pressure can create several issues in all environments, whether it’s a domestic premises, commercial office or leisure facility.  The most common complaints about low water pressure include:

  • Showers and taps can be reduced to a trickle of water
  • Toilets may not flush properly
  • Results in reduced efficiency in commercial premises
  • Any activities requiring higher pressure such as irrigation or high-pressure cleaning may not be possible
  • Certain modern appliances do not work below specific pressure thresholds
  • Equally, certain pumping equipment requires a specific amount of pressure to work

All of this can contribute to a poor experience for the users of the building and in a commercial building such as a block of flats, gyms, schools or a hotel, is likely to attract complaints.

Steps To Improving Your Water Pressure

If you’ve noticed a drop in your water pressure, here are steps you can take to try and increase it once more:

  • Check that the outlet for your water is not clogged up or blocked in any way
  • Check that the water valves for your property are fully open
  • Check for blockages in your water system
  • Check for any leaks in your water system
  • Ensure that your current pumping system meets your requirements
  • Test your appliances at peak times vs quieter times to see if there is a difference in the water pressure you receive
  • Invest in appliances such as power showers which can enable higher output even when overall pressure is lower

If you own the premises, you can take it upon yourself to check these or contact a professional if you do not have the expertise.

However, if you are a building user or rent a space in the building, it is likely that you will need to contact the landlord of the building to investigate further.

Benefits of a Booster Pumping System

If you are still struggling with water pressure, it is likely that you need to consider taking measures to increase the pressure of water to your system, this can be done very effectively with a booster pump.

Booster pumps are installed to increase the water pressure throughout a building and are an effective means of improvement in any type of building.

They can be installed in most properties whether you rely on a typical water supply or get your water from a private supply (such as a borehole or well).

A booster pump is a long term investment that will serve your property for years if properly maintained, download our free booster pump inspection checklist to find out more.

Booster pumps are available to suit any premises, whether it’s fixed speed or a range of multiple pump variable speed sets to meet demands and offer energy saving benefits.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can changing a shower head improve water pressure?

Yes, in some cases simply changing the shower head can improve the water pressure you get.

Shower heads can also become blocked up with limescale which restricts the amount of water that can be output, so in some cases a simple clean will help improve the water pressure.

Additionally, some showers have water saving heads that intentionally reduce the water pressure to save money.

How to improve water pressure from a well?

If you rely on a well as your water supply, it’s critical that you get adequate pressure from your system given that there is no backup.

A booster pumping system can be used to effectively increase the pressure received from private domestic water sources.

Can I install a booster pump to the mains water pump?

Yes, a booster pump can be installed to the mains water pump.

However, due to water supply regulations, pumps that draw more than 12 litres of water per minute cannot be connected to a supply pipe without permission, therefore, it’s typically a better option to install a separate water tank for your booster pump.

It’s highly recommended that you engage with a booster pump installation company who will be able to recommend the best course of action based on your situation.

Talk to the Experts

We hope that this post has given you some ideas on how you can improve the water pressure at your premises.

If you are still struggling with water pressure and want to find out more about how a booster pump could significantly improve your situation, talk to Mawdsleys Pumps today.

We are experts in booster pumping systems and have installed units in locations including domestic properties, schools, hotels, apartments, and regularly work with facilities management companies to keep booster systems performing well.

If you would like to know more, contact our expert team today on 0117 954 8030 or fill out a contact form and we will get back to you.


What’s The Cost of a Sewage Treatment Plant?

Sewage treatment plants are used in commercial and domestic properties when access to mains drainage is not possible. The plant treats water to make it suitable to be discharged into a drainage field or watercourse.

With cesspits and septic tanks having a number of drawbacks including potentially dangerous gases being released, pollution and complications when trying to sell the property; most home and business owners are making the switch to a sewage treatment plant.

Whilst a sewage treatment plant is more expensive than a cesspit or septic tank, it provides superior performance and means that you can safely discharge water from the plant once treated.

In this blog post, we will examine the costs of buying and running a sewage treatment plant at your home or commercial premises.

Benefits of Sewage Treatment Plants

A sewage treatment plant is robust and extremely effective, offering many benefits over other methods of sewage treatment and disposal such as cesspits and septic tanks:

  • Sewage in a plant is treated to a safe level
  • Does not harm the environment
  • Reliable and modern solution
  • Cost effective over time
  • Compact system
  • Improve resale value of premises
  • Safer and poses lower risk to health
  • Simple and easy installation

Above all, a sewage treatment plant is a solution for the future. As environmental agencies impose stricter rules on the process of treating and disposing of wastewater; a proper biological wastewater treatment system ensures these standards are met.

Cost To Install and Supply a Sewage Treatment Plant

The cost to install a sewage treatment plant will vary dependant on a number of factors such as the size of the tank, the condition of the site and any additional extras you may wish to have installed.

In domestic premises, prices start from £2,000 subject to the size of the sewage treatment plant. The price of installation will vary and a site survey is generally required for an accurate figure.

Additionally, the price will be different if you are replacing an old system or a different type of sewage disposal unit or if you are installing one from scratch.

At Mawdsleys Pump Services, we design sewage treatment plant systems to meet the exact needs of our client; meaning you don’t pay anymore than you need to for a plant that meets your needs.

Additional Costs To Consider

As well as the initial cost to purchase and have the plant installed, there are other additional costs after installation that should be considered:

  • Annual Service – An annual service is essential to the ongoing performance of your plant and reduces the risk of breakdown. An annual service starts from just £350 in most cases subject to equipment and location.
  • Emptying – Once the sewage inside your plant is treated, it will need to be discharged. When a sewage treatment plant is emptied, there are costs involved including contractor fees and tanker charges.
  • Discharge Consent – In order to release sewage from the plant, you must first apply for discharge consent and will incur a fee for doing so. At Mawdsleys, we can help with discharge water testing and can also acquire discharge consent for your unit.
  • Repairs – In the event of damage to your plant, fast and professional repair is critical to ensure that you can use the facilities in your property once more. At Mawdsleys Pumps, we offer a 24/7 emergency pump breakdown service.
  • Power Costs – As sewage treatment plants require a power source, you will incur a cost to run the unit. However modern units are extremely efficient and use a small amount of power to run.

  • Talk to the Experts

     Do you want to find out more about the cost of a sewage treatment plant at your premises? Whether you have an existing sewage treatment plant that needs upgrading, are currently relying on a septic tank / cesspit, or do not have any sewage treatment method currently installed, we can help.

    Mawdsleys takes your bespoke requirements and budgets into account and designs a system that meets all of your waste disposal needs.

    Once the system is installed, we can manage all the aftercare, giving you the peace of mind when dealing with a single contractor for everything related to your plant.

    For more information, give one of our expert team a call on 0117 975 87030 or fill out our contact form and we will get back to you.

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Best Practice for Controlling Noise in Booster Pumping Systems

If you’re a facilities manager, public building owner or a tenant living within an apartment or block of flats; you will understand the vital role an efficient booster pumping system plays – providing water of sufficient pressure to every water point within the building.

However, one of the main reasons we are called out to attend booster pumping systems is due to noise coming from the system, attracting complaints from residents who may have been woken in the early hours of the morning by the pump.

In our latest blog post, we’ll cover off reasons why booster pumps make noise, how you can control it and essential regular maintenance checks you can carry out to ensure your pumping system runs efficiently without generating excessive noise.

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How Working from Home Could Be Impacting Your Pumps

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One of the biggest impacts on people’s daily routines because of COVID-19 is the increased amount of time they are spending at home, with many continuing to work remotely where they can to adhere to lockdown rules.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal that in April 2020, when the first lockdown was announced, 46.6% of Britain’s workforce did some work at home.

The shift to remote working has posed many challenges, with businesses and staff needing to adapt quickly to ensure staff can work efficiently from home whilst retaining a work/life balance.

A victim of remote working that has perhaps been overlooked is pumps. These systems that we rely on every day keep water pressure high and facilities such as toilets working properly, but with increased usage; these essential systems can run less efficiently and are at a higher risk of failure.

Find out more about the types of pumps that have been impacted by working from home and how building owners can ensure users always get a high level of performance from their pumps in our latest blog post.


Golf Course Pumping Systems – Tips for a Successful Winter

As winter starts to bite, golf courses across the UK will be making preparations for the challenges that the cold weather brings including frost, snow and stressed grass.

Clubs and groundsmen are generally well prepared for the challenges that winter brings, with many being able to continue serving golfers for the majority of the cold season.

However, pumping systems found on golf courses such as irrigation, boreholes, booster sets, multistage pumps and sewage pumps are often overlooked – with a lack of expertise available on site to complete vital maintenance and prevent potential failure when the cold hits.

In our latest blog post, we run through essential steps clubs and groundskeepers should be taking to ensure they can continue to operate throughout the winter months or reduce the risk of damage to pumps during winter closure.

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Top 5 Things You Can Do To Fix Your Submersible Pump

There is nothing worse than having a sump pump fail on you. If it’s a sewage pump, the first thing you might notice is that the electrics have tripped on the control panel, or that when you flush the toilet it starts backing up and the water level isn’t subsiding.

Worse still, sewage could start overflowing out of the manhole cover. If it’s your sump pump you might notice that your electrics have tripped and the water level is rising. If this is flood water coming into your basement this can rise very quickly and cause damage to your property and belongings. Here is a list of our top 5 Tips on what to do when your sewage or sump pump fails.

1. Always isolate the electrical supply to the pump

If you are in any doubt, please phone a qualified Electrician for assistance.

2. Make sure the pump hasn’t tripped

Have a look at your control panel or fuse box to see if the supply to the pump has tripped. If the supply has tripped, you will then need to consider the following:­

  • Has there been a power cut? – If yes – re­set the trip switch.

Has it been raining heavily? – If Yes, this puts the pump under increased load, the pump will need removing and checking.

3. Is the Sump full of fibrous material and/or debris?

If yes – This could block impellor, causing the electrical supply to trip – the pump will need a visual inspection for blockages.

4. Is the equipment old and unmaintained?

If yes – Pump and associated equipment will need to be checked.

Only consider the following if the size and weight of the pump allows:­

  • Remove sump cover
  • How is the pump mounted? Free standing on guide rail system? Only consider removing pump from sump if it is a free-standing system.
  • Locate lifting chain and slowly raise pump from sump?
  • Visually inspect for damage or blockages.
  • Remove any visible material from impellor and outlet.
  • Lower pump back into the sump, re­set electrical supply, and test for free operation of equipment.

5. Check the level control floats are operational

  • Floats can be attached to the pump or wired in separately?
  • Is the pump running continuously or is it not running at all? Either way, lift float or pump and float from sump, clean off and give a quick shake to re­activate.
  • If this does not work, the floats appear to have failed and will require replacement.
  • Check floats are not stuck on pipe work or debris, free up if necessary.
  • If in doubt, call the experts for advice

Need a Hand?

If none of the above tips help and the pump still won’t start, then now is definitely the time to call in the experts and get the problem fixed before greater damage occurs. Give us a call on 0117 954 8030 or fill out a contact form and we will get back to you.


The Dangers of Septic Tanks and Cesspits

If your home or business is out in the countryside or otherwise ‘off the grid’, you may use an alternative sewage treatment method such as a septic tank or cesspit/cesspool.

As well as upcoming changes to legislation making sewage treatment plants the only approved method of waste treatment, septic tanks and cesspools pose a number of risks and can damage the environment around them.

Find out more about the hidden dangers of septic tanks and cesspits and why you should upgrade to a full sewage treatment plant in our latest blog post.


Sports Pitch Maintenance Tips for Groundskeepers

Having a pitch maintenance plan is essential for groundskeepers at any level of the sport. Without proper care and attention, the quality of the pitch can slip; impacting the standard of play, increasing the risk of injury, causing financial loss for the club and even leading to games being cancelled or forfeited.

At Mawdsleys Pumps, we recognise the importance of keeping a high standard of pitch and have worked with sports teams of all standards to help keep their pitch in order, from semi-professional football pitches to rugby world cup pitches.

If you are a groundskeeper, owner, manager or volunteer that’s responsible for the upkeep of a football, rugby, cricket, golf, equestrian, bowls or other sports field; our top tips to sports pitch maintenance will help you take proper care of it all year round.