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Cold mains feed with the hot water pumped to the whole house or a bathroom.

 

This type of system is very common especially in flats, this type of system is technically a high pressure system for the shower and taps, this type of system has flaws involved, the first issue is that non return valves should be fitted to wherever the cold mains water mixes with the hot water to stop the hot water filling backwards, non return valves tend to slow down the flow of the hot water, the flow is what activates the pump, so this is likely to stop the pump from turning on.

This means that you are best to use a negative head pump for this type of application and also to try to match the pump pressure with the cold mains pressure as best as possible.

 

 

 

Other problems are when mixing water the cold water mains is not a constant pressure, and it will not be able to match the hot water very well causing an imbalance in pressures this can make showering temperatures unstable or even unusable.

Hot pumped cold mains water