Proper water pump maintenance is the key to a productive working life. The dewatering pump is a complicated piece of equipment, which needs the right care. While some simple repairs may be done without asking for professional help, some of the servicing procedures are the responsibility of an expert.
It’s important to understand that there is no way to avoid a water pump service. You need to consider this from the moment you purchase the new pump. It’s also not worth simply waiting for your pump to break down. Preventive measures can help you avoid breakdowns and costly repairs.
In each of the following scenarios it is worthwhile consulting a professional pump engineer:
Seals Are Damaged
High-integrity seals are vital to your pump’s good service. If you’ve purchased a pump with stainless steel seals, you don’t need to check them more often than twice a year. However, rubber seals need closer attention. Daily or at least weekly visual pump inspections can help you spot a problem before it damages vital pump components. If the seals are damaged, you need to turn the pump off and swap out the faulty components with manufacturer-approved spares.
Pump Is Overheating
Overheating is a problem that can lead to irreversible engine damage and pose a danger to operators. In most cases, a pump turns off automatically when it starts overheating. Then, once the motor is cooled, it restarts. If you notice that the unit is overheating but not turning off to cool, the safety shutoff mechanism may have malfunctioned and your pump needs to be serviced.
Pump Is 6 Months – 1 Year old
If the pump has been working properly so far and you’ve had it for over six months, you should consider having a service. Think of it as a regular health check to address minor issues before they become a serious risk. Upon purchase, you need to set up a regular maintenance plan, which needs to be strictly followed. Daily and weekly visual inspections are your responsibility. Then you can schedule monthly and biannual pump inspections and maintenance with a service provider.
Avoiding expert regular maintenance can lead to costly repairs if your pump packs up on the job. Even the smallest problem, if left unaddressed, can result in having to replace the pump prematurely.
Pump Hasn’t Been In Use For A Long Time
One construction project is over and the next one is not due for a few months. It’s holiday time for the pump but not for you. Proper cleaning and maintenance of the pump before allowing it to “take a break” ensures proper operations when you need it again. If the pump hasn’t been used for years, service and maintenance may be required before the next use.
Pump Doesn’t Give Proper Output
If the pump seems to be working fine but the output is reduced, you need to show it to an expert. The reasons for such problems are numerous, starting with clogging and ending with motor malfunction. Failing to service the pump in time can lead to a breakdown followed by costly repairs.
So when should you consider an emergency (unscheduled) water pump service?
- The pump is making unusual noises
- The pump is emitting smoke or vibrating more than usual
- The pump hasn’t been in use for a long time.
- Visual inspection discovers something unusual.
- The time for the next scheduled maintenance has come.
At Key Services, we have an established team of engineers who offer water pump maintenance and repair at affordable prices. We’ll be glad to help you with your ongoing water pump maintenance requirements. For more information about selecting the right water pump, please download our free e-book; The Buyer’s Guide to Water Pumps.