How often does your submersible pump wear out and need to be replaced? Are chronic pump failures taking up too much of your maintenance team’s time? Corrosive materials in the water you are pumping can cause these issues and more. Corrosive fluids are common in many wastewater applications, including chemical plants, food/beverage production, metal plating operations, paper processing, etc. If you’re experiencing more downtime or higher maintenance/repair costs, a stainless steel submersible pump may cure these common headaches.
Many substances dissolved in common wastewater fluids can be highly corrosive when pumps are exposed to them for extended periods. The higher the concentration of these substances in a liquid, the worse the corrosion will be. Some common examples include salt, sodium hydroxide (better known as lye or caustic soda), phosphoric and nitric acids, sodium hypochlorite (bleach), chlorine, peracetic acid, and hundreds of others.
Let’s admit it – submersible pumps typically aren’t needed in sparkling, pristine environments. They’re meant to go down into dark, wet sumps, sewers, mines and muddy excavations. For the most part, correctly-selected and sized pumps do a terrific job pumping fluid. But not all fluids and operating environments are equal. Some are harsh and present hazards that require specific pumps to handle them.
What is a “harsh environment?” This refers to applications in which the liquid you are trying to pump contains materials that are especially damaging to a regular pump and/or the environment as a whole. Pumps not designed to handle harsh environments will likely lead to increased repair costs for your pump, as well as downtime that halts production. The good news is that there are pumps available that are built to handle these difficult applications.