All construction equipment requires regular maintenance in order to extend its lifespan. A water pump is no exception. Even though high-quality water pumps are made to last for many years, without regular inspections, you may face unexpected failure.
Water pumps don’t require the owner to do anything extraordinary or expensive to keep them working properly. A visual inspection for leaks, regular spark plug change, and timely seal and filter replacements can prevent major breakdowns.
Some operators rarely service their pumps and claim they always work fine. This may be the case with some models. However, an un-serviced pump’s efficiency will slowly reduce over time, resulting in botched deadlines and, eventually, downtime.
High-efficiency water pumps require full inspections on a biannual basis. If you use the unit heavily, consider inspection and maintenance after every 500 hours of work. If you don’t use the water pump on a regular basis, it’s important to check it at least once a year anyway, especially if you keep the kit in storage for long periods. Otherwise, you may be faced with an unpleasant surprise when you suddenly need the unit.
Keeping Efficiency High
The most important part of any pump is the seal. Failing to check seals on a regular basis can lead to leaks. Seal oil should be changed every 3 to 6 months.
Taking a good look at hoses and cables at least once a week can help you improve your pump’s efficiency by preventing leaks. A damaged hose is easy to see since the water is leaking out of it. However, a damaged cord may not be noticeable immediately. While you are ignoring it, it could short the motor and lead to downtime and expensive repairs.
During the biannual inspection, the servicing company inspects the impeller and the shaft. If these components are damaged, water may start leaking into the pump and slowly damage the machine, steadily decreasing efficiency.
Avoiding Early Machine Failure
Construction water pumps are expected to perform under challenging conditions. Being fully or partially submerged in water exposes the machine to the risk of leaks and corrosion, which can cut the life expectancy of a working tool.
Many construction companies are forced to look for a replacement option just a couple of years after the pump purchase. The reason for low pump efficiency may be something as simple as a broken seal or old seal oil. The price of replacing seals is negligible compared the cost of replacing your pump.
While biannual checks go a long way to extending the life of your tool, they won’t help if you don’t make regular visual inspections. Take note of any unusual dents, noises, smoke emissions or smells each time you use the pump. These can all be early warning signs of something about to go wrong.
Gradual Loss Of Efficiency
It takes a lot to put a high-quality pump out of order. If damage occurs, the pump will likely lose its efficiency day by day until eventually giving out, rather than simply breaking down. Any sign of efficiency loss, such as reduced throughput, should be a red flag that is worth investigating further.
Spares & Repairs
At Key Services, we offer water pump maintenance and repair services to help you keep your equipment in mint condition for many years. If you have your own certified technicians, we can provide them with the necessary spare parts for proper pump maintenance. For more information about construction water pumps, please download our free Buyer’s Guide To Water Pumps.