Monday, November 17, 2014

Rain Water Pump vs. Pressurized Tank

If you plan to start collecting rainwater, then you should have a rainwater collection system. This system is ensures that you can collect water from the rains in your neighborhood. There are many ways to collect rainwater. You could let water drop from the heavens and into a basin. That is a normal method. However, if the rainwater in the basin method is not working for you, do not worry. Why? Because there are other methods that involve using the right machinery. These machines are made for that process. They are made to ensure that collecting rainwater is efficient and effective. What are these devices? Well you can look at pressurized tanks and rain water pumps. Both are effective in monitoring and collecting rainwater. But what are their differences? Below is a rundown of the pros and cons of having either a rain water pump or a pressurized tank to help you in gathering rainwater.

Pressurized tanks are common technology. The process mimics pressure tanks used by factories and other industrial structures. This however is fit on a smaller scale. The typical pressurized tank holds about 35 gallons of filtered water. It is a closed steel tank with a plastic bladder inside to provide water pressure. The pump turns on to refill the bladder once the pressure declines. Buying a pump that shuts off when a specific pressure is reached is necessary with this type of system. Residential installations sometimes use a small pressure tank to lessen pump cycling. This reduces the life of a pump. Pump cycling happens when there is a drip in irrigation. And that happens when there is a leak in the system or the use of flow. So if you own a pressurized tank, you must always have that checked.

Here are the pros and cons of owning a pressurized tank:
Tested technology
Can be used alongside lower powered pumps or low flow rate pumps
Easy to use
Available everywhere

Requires maintenance
Needs separate enclosure

Rain water pumps are add ons. These pumps can be screwed directly onto an existing pump or water line. Like pressurized tanks, rain water pumps detect pressure changes. That is why a rain water pump automatically turns on when it detects a variation in pressure. The pumps also detect the quality of the tank. It can detect if the tank is out of water condition. When alerted, the pump turns off so that it does not burn out.

Here are the pros and cons of owning a rain water pump:

Can be added to existing system
Requires little maintenance
Can be used to almost any pump
Less expensive than pressurized tanks

Separate unit with separate guidelines
Another unit to maintain

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