Storage Pressure Tanks | Call (586) 646-4500
A storage tank is an important part in a well system. It must be sized properly with the pump that it is paired up with and also the application that it is being used for. A tank’s draw-down, refers to the amount of water that can be used before the pressure switch cycles the pump. Typically the pressure switch is set to turn the pump on at 40 psi and off at 60 psi, this is called a pump cycle. As a rule of thumb, a tank’s draw-down is approximately 1/3 of the capacity of the total tank volume. For example: if the tanks total volume is 42 gallons, the draw-down would be around 14 gallons. To size the pump and tank properly , the pump should stay on 1-2 mins for each pumping cycle. If a 3/4 horsepower 10 gallon per minute pump is being used, it should have a 10-20 gallon draw-down tank. It never hurts to have a bigger tank, it will cause the pump to cycle less and increase the life of the pump.
There are many different types of storage tanks out there, at Suburban, we use Flex-Lite fiberglass storage tanks. They will not rust, corrode or condensate like many of the other tanks will. Periodically every tank will need it’s pre-charge checked to make sure that there is the proper amount of air in the tank.
Quality and Care Put Into EVERY Job!
We are often asked to install new tanks in an older homes. The process is straight forward. Our crew installs everything up to code and uses quality parts. There is no need to take short cuts on parts they really aren’t that expensive especially when you consider the life of the system. Grandpa Hank always told us “do every job like you would for your mother and grandmother”.
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New installations gone wrong
It is amazing the things we see on the road. Above are a couple of photos we took before our crews corrected the problems.
In the first photo the wire that is connected to the pump is just wadded up on the floor not cut to length and not installed properly in conduit. A garden hose is hooked to the system which can easily leak is mounted close to the electrical control box. This system has “accident waiting to happen all over it”.
The next photo shows a mix and match of parts none of which collectively construct a safe system for water under pressure. Plastic fittings, garden hose with clamps do not hold up well under a pressurized environment.
If you are buying a new home you should inspect the mechanics of the house. Your water system, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems should be installed cleanly and up to code. As always you should hire a professional house inspector to let you know what needs correction. This may detour you from purchasing or advising you on a lower purchase price as you will need to spend money to bring systems up code.