Why Applying Band-Aids to Water Booster Systems Doesn't Work

Author: Mike Baxter | January 29, 2016 | Category: Pumps

Pressure WashingThere are many water booster systems in operation that are challenged to meet today’s requirements. As production areas expand, the ability of these systems to keep up with demand can be compromised, generally resulting in lower pressure and less effective cleaning.

When water booster systems aren't helping to clean like they should, companies resort to other tactics to get equipment and areas clean. But some of the band-aids applied to these situations can cause issues in other ways.

PORTABLE HIGH PRESSURE CLEANING EQUIPMENT

In some cases, portable high pressure cleaning equipment is added to deal with situations where the existing system cannot keep up. Hauling pressure washers around the plant can be inefficient and cumbersome for operators. They have to find a place to plug it in, pull the pump and motor around, and it’s much louder than a central system.

Obviously, pressure washers use electricity to function, so using them in addition to your central water booster system also results in an increase in energy usage.

OPERATOR WORK-AROUNDS

When a system doesn’t generate enough pressure to effectively clean, the operator will find a way to make sure it gets clean. One of those ways is to remove the pressure wand nozzle.

Operators know that if the nozzle is removed, they’ll get more flow, and they will be able to get the area clean. On the backside of that however, your water usage skyrockets.

HELP! I’M USING THESE BAND-AIDS!

If you’ve noticed these band-aids being applied to your water pressure booster system, it may be time to upgrade or replace it. Work arounds that allow you to run a booster pump or system that doesn’t help you meet your cleaning and sanitizing goals is ok in the short term, but it’s not a long term strategy.

Take a closer look at your current system’s capacity and the demands your facility puts on it. Do a complete evaluation, understanding the procedures that occur, and what their needs are under normal operating conditions. Think about future expansions. Right sizing your water booster equipment to meet the demands of your operation today will help you avoid pressure problem tomorrow.

Not getting enough pressure from your water booster? Ask us about it! We’ll help you find a solution that’s right for your facility and process.

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Mike Baxter

Mike Baxter

Mike Baxter is a Professional Engineer, and the National Accounts Manager for Crane Engineering. He has over 35 years of experience in chemical, pulp and paper, food and beverage, power generation, OEM, as well as water and wastewater industries. His focus is on assisting customers with fluid process needs, including pumping, filtration, mixing, and packaged skid systems.

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