A well-functioning water pump is key to a construction project’s success – especially when laying foundations. Having a pump give out on you when the excavation site is overflowing with water can lead to unnecessary delays. Even if you invest in an expensive and high-quality pump, it doesn’t mean it will work flawlessly without any maintenance.
All water pumps must be maintained on a regular basis. Otherwise, you’ll end up with repair and replacement expenses much faster than you hoped for.
Daily Water Pump Maintenance
If your project involves using the water pump on a daily basis, it’s up to you to make the maintenance checks. They usually involve a visual inspection. Before turning the pump on, look at the equipment. Are there any deterioration signs? Any problems with seals?
When the pump is on, watch the output. Does it match the declared speed and volume? Are there any leaks? If you aren’t sure the pump is working properly, turn it off. If a malfunctioning unit continues operation, you may end up with formidable repair expenses.
Monthly Water Pump Maintenance
We would recommend hiring a professional to do the monthly water pump maintenance. However, if your equipment is fairly new and you haven’t been using it on a daily basis, the operators can check it on their own. Always check if the declared output values match what you are really getting. Make close leak and seal inspections.
Read the maintenance manual or get professional advice about lubrication. In most cases, monthly lubrication is necessary. Check the integrity of the pump and base. Is it securely mounted?
Biannual Water Pump Maintenance
A qualified professional should perform biannual water pump maintenance. Even if you think you know all about water pumps, an expert has more experience noticing potential problems. When it comes to maintaining a water pump, preventive measures are vital to its longevity. The professional technician will take care of fine-tuning, bearing replacement, lubrication, etc.
At the same time, an expert can run several tests to make sure the pump is working properly. Even if you use the pump rarely, checking it at least once a year is important. Several delicate parts, such as seals, may degrade even if the equipment is not in use.
Catching the first signs of a malfunction can make a difference between costly repair and affordable preventive measures. The key to identifying the problem is hiring a professional water pump operator. A person with experience can easily notice when something is wrong with the pump.
The things to pay attention to are:
- Unusual (loud) noise
- Excessive vibration
- Frequent clogging
One of the simplest ways to keep your pump maintained is to sign a contract with a maintenance and repair service provider. At Key Services, we don’t just sell construction water pumps, we maintain and repair them – keeping them working well for many years. By knowing whom to call in case of trouble, you can save precious time.
For more information about water pump maintenance and our services, please download our free e-book Buyers Guide to Water Pumps.