How To Install A Pressure Tank?
An air pressure tank is a plumbing device that uses compressed air to push water from a water source upward. In homes that have two or more stories, pressure tanks are needed to push water from a ground water source to the plumbing fixtures above. In most suburban areas, the force of ground water alone is not sufficient in bringing the water up.
Without a pressure tank, you won’t be able to use water in the upstairs part of your home, especially if the ground water source doesn’t have a very strong force.
Installing an air pressure tank is actually pretty straightforward, if you have the right tools and know the steps in order to do so. There is a wealth of information online about this, and you can even ask your local pressure tank dealer or hardware store for tips. While the best thing to do would be to consult a professional, here are the steps to install a pressure tank on your own.
1. Choose the right kind of pressure tank. There are various sizes. The larger ones may be more expensive, but they can hold more water so the pump switch will be turned on less, extending it’s life. There are several types of pressure tanks available.
2. Prepare your pressure tank. Pumps use electricity to be able to function properly. Be sure that you have completed the electrical connections that you need. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for any valves that need to be installed. Certain kinds of valves need to be installed in the pump in order to allow it to re-pressurize automatically.
3. Check your water source. Pressure tanks need a water source from a discharge pipe, to be fitted with a gate valve according your manufacturer’s instructions. Be sure the water is clear and free of any sediments or debris. If not, let it run until it is clear.
4. Install the pressure tank. You will need an air volume control on the pressure tank to monitor the amount of compressed air pushing the water into the pipes; it needs to be just the right amount. Place your pressure tank on a raised platform, to allow water to drain out when necessary. Concrete blocks would be good for this. Once that’s done, connect the pump to the water pipes. Test it out and allow the pressure tank to fill up until the pump automatically shuts off. Do this a few times to be sure that it works properly.
5. Install any water filters or water softener systems, if necessary. You’re done! Be sure to periodically check on your pressure tank to make sure that it is working at optimum conditions.