View Full Version : The best way to add water service

12-27-2006, 02:39 PM
I am new here.. hence post No. 1... I have started a detached garage and apartment 40 feet from my house. I am on well and septic. I have already installed the waste, and hooked up to the drain field. Inspection passed both building and health.

The question I am having is how to run water to the detached garage and apartment. I have some people suggesting that I hook up to my existing water in the house, and run that to the garage, and while this seems doable, I am wondering what kind of pressure I will have at the 2nd story of the garage? The other option would be run a new line from the well, however I am not sure if this would require a new well pump??

any help or suggestions would be grand..

John from VA

12-27-2006, 02:53 PM
Your pressure drop would be based on the length of the run, size of the pipe, and 4.4 PSI for each 10' elevation change. A relatively short run through 1" pipe would see very little pressure loss, for example.

Since I have no experience with wells, I will await suggestions from others on that.

Bob NH
12-27-2006, 06:59 PM
There is immense value is simplicity. One pipe beats a pump, tank, controls, and power like a straight flush beats a pair.

12-28-2006, 09:23 AM
There is immense value is simplicity....

Bob, you are so right. That is the way I would like to proceed, however I fear the low pressue. I already have low pressure two floors up in the main house.

Any suggestions on how to raise the pressure? New pressure vessel?