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How To Select The Right Booster Pump For Your Commercial Application

How To Select The Right Booster Pump For Your Commercial Application

Depending on your commercial application, there are different types of booster pumps to fulfill the building’s needs. Commercial buildings face some different problems when it comes to dealing with water pressure compared to residential. After a municipal issue is identified to not be the problem, it’s time to dig a little deeper into the plumbing work. Sometimes it could be a leak, damaged pipes, clogged pipes, or faulty water valves. But, if your commercial building is experiencing ongoing water pressure fluctuations, and none of these culprits are the issue, it may be time to install a water booster pump.

Examples of Commercial Application Building Types That Require Water Booster Pumps:

  • Office buildings
  • Medical centers
  • Hotels
  • Malls
  • Retail Stores
  • Multifamily housing buildings
  • Farm Land
  • Warehouses
  • Stadiums

In many states, residential property containing more than a certain number of units qualifies as commercial property. Commercial properties are most likely going to be used by the public or at least, by larger amounts of people. Have you ever thought about how a hotel has the same water pressure on the ground floor as it does at the penthouse suite? A booster pump is used to increase water pressure all throughout the commercial building. An everyday residential home may sometimes require a booster pump because of low water pressure as well. But a commercial building often needs these booster pumps because of the size of the entire plumbing system. The farther water needs to move through a pipe, the more the pressure will decrease along the way, creating the need for a little “boost”.

How Do You Know What Size You Need for Your Building?

Throughout the years there have been many types of equations gone into deciding how much water is being used by residents or employees in a multifamily home or office buildings, hotels etc. Sometimes these equations include the number of units in the building, or the amount of residents using the water, or many other variables. Asking a licensed professional will ultimately determine that you receive the best results for your specific commercial application needs. Many owners will calculate the flow rate of water in their building, or the gallons of water per minute being used. The “Fixture Unit” method, which was created by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers, is also another great method to determine this as well. 


After careful consideration and expert advice, there will be a perfect booster pump for your commercial application needs. After finding the building’s needs, depending on occupancy, the amount of use the building gets, the size of the plumbing system etc, a commercial booster pump can be installed so the water pressure is never low again. Towle Whitney is a leading company within the booster pump industry and pride ourselves on continuously evolving as the industry grows and advances alongside us. With expert engineers and technicians, we will have your specific needs taken care of effectively and efficiently.