Pumps are used heavily in construction. They don’t just move water, the right pump can be used to eliminate oil, other liquids, and even clay. But, in the majority of cases water is the primary concern.
However, you can’t just select the first pump you see, even if it’s one from a reputable manufacturer of submersible pumps. There are several factors you should consider first.
The Type Of Water
You may not realize it but there is more than one type of water. For example, mineral water has a high mineral content which means you’ll need to think about the minerals building up on the inside of the pump, causing blockages. If it has a low mineral content an iron pump is a durable option. But, if you’re planning on moving water filled with sand or mud you’ll need a hard impeller, such as high-chrome cast iron.
You need to consider what elements are in the water to ensure your pump can handle them properly.
Another important factor is the pump’s ability to shift water. It’s important to know how much water it can move in a given space of time. This will allow you to calculate the amount of water that needs to be shifted to keep the operation running smoothly. Knowing this figure will ensure you choose a pimp with enough power.
You should also factor in the size of the pipes and the amount of lift required. The greater the lift the more suction you’ll lose. In other words, you’ll need a more powerful pump.
Powering The Pump
You can choose an engine-powered pump. This will require fuel to be entered into the pump engine, allowing it to run. In contrast, you can opt for electric-powered pumps. These are powered by mains electricity of a generator. You’ll need to consider startup amps and the draw to ensure you have enough power to run the pump. It’s also worth checking that you have the right plugs.
A basic pump is turned on and off by hand and this may be sufficient for your needs. But, you may need to leave the pump running unattended. The best way of doing this is to use a pump with a sensor, this will switch on and maintain the desired water level.
You’ll need to service it regularly but this can be a vital piece of kit.
Finally, it’s essential to think about where the pup needs to be situated and how it is going to get there. The more powerful the pump the bigger it will be. This makes it difficult to move. To minimize pump disruption and potential damage you need to have the right gear ready for installation. For example, lowering to the ground must be done by a rope or chain, not the included power cable.
You’ll then be able to test your new pump and allow it to do its job. If you’ve chosen carefully the pump should last you for years.