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.
When planning for a commercial establishment’s success, an often-overlooked factor is its wastewater pumping system. If you’ve ever experienced a backed-up drain, you know the bad impression it gives customers while also leading to lost revenue, increased labor costs, and health and safety issues. The solution is selecting the right pump to ensure you’re equipped to handle your customer or tenant volume, as well as the solids that find their way into the system. Selecting proper solids handling pumps for your building’s wastewater requires considering the following factors.What Solids Are You Pumping?
The first factor is knowing what items find their way into the drain. Let’s be honest, people in a commercial setting simply don’t care very much about what they flush down the toilet. You shouldn’t be surprised to find towels, rags, used diapers, and all sorts of other heavy solids in your wastewater stream.
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.