When selecting a submersible pump for your plant, you want the pump that is going to best handle the liquids and waste you deal with on a daily basis. But, choosing the right pump is step one. You need to make sure that you’re maximizing pump performance to the optimal level. Not only will this ensure you prolong the life of your submersible pump, it will minimize downtime and save maintenance and repair costs.
In general, it’s best to factor in the concepts below during the selection process. A high-quality manufacturer or distributor will help you capture the information they need to make the right recommendation and to install it to perform optimally. But, even if you’re looking to improve an already installed pump, these tips apply.
Municipal wastewater applications are notorious for the difficult—sometimes bizarre—solids that make it into the flow system. These applications pose several difficulties including the presence of non-biodegradable solid waste. You’re open to the public, so you’re never sure what you’re going to encounter, from underwear to Barbie dolls! Diapers and other plastic-reinforced cloth are an especially tough non-biodegradable solid.
Don’t wait until solids build up and clog your pump. Instead, avoid downtime by using these five ways to prevent submersible pump failure:1. Use a Shredder Pump to Cut Tough Solids
Submersible solids-handling pumps are each designed for a specific function. Using the correct pump for your given application helps to prevent pump failure, unnecessary maintenance, and downtime.
Municipal wastewater solids can be very hard to break down, so submersible wastewater pumps need to be more robust.
If the liquid you’re pumping contains solids, there are a number of solids handling submersible pumps that might be appropriate for your application. To avoid clogs or burning your motor out, you need to make sure you have the right pump. There are key questions that help determine which pump will solve your problems. In this post, we’ll examine these questions so that you’re prepared when you talk with your provider.1. What Type of Solids Are You’re Pumping?
Understanding the solids in your liquid helps your provider determine the right type of pump for your application. We’re focusing on wastewater, so we can assume your solids are not abrasive (abrasive solids would require a hard metal, agitator pump). Most likely, they are large and soft or long and stringy.