Jul 19

Inspector Pumphead Comes Alive

Inspector Pumphead steps to the mic

1969: Man walks on the moon. 1971: man walks on the moon… uh, again. Then for a long time, nothing happened. Until now. Get ready for a seminal moment in American history, one that you will remember for the rest of your life. 

I’ve been through a lot of crazy adventures in my life as Inspector Pumphead. Therefore, there have been so many seminal moments… 

In 1968, I argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that not allowing my company to transport pumps across state lines was an illegal restraint of trade – and I won, thus changing the face of pump distribution forever. I am the man who introduced the booster pump to Japan, the chemical resistant pump to Bolivia and the concept of indoor plumbing to Antarctica. I remain an editor-at-large for the International Pump Review of Books where I have championed such critically acclaimed works as The Piping CorrectionsThe Sound and the Fury (of Your Plumbing System) and A Portrait of the Plumber as a Young Man.

Along with some of my friends from other countries, I helped found the International Plumbing Games™, which is now one of the most popular athletic events in the world and draws in over a billion television viewers every four years.

It’s been quite a wild ride and I treasure every memory. Still, before now, I have always preferred to maintain the veil of mystery. I usually let my trained disciples, the Application Engineers, speak to you. Until NOW!

That’s right, I, Inspector Pumphead speaks!

This is a moment that will be long remembered in American history. Why break my silence now? With Pump Products expanding at an exponential rate, I decided now was the perfect time to interact more fully with our customers. We have the momentum of a runaway freight train and we don’t plan on stopping.

To get it started, this brief video introduces our top six brands or the “Super 6” as I call them.

Goulds Water Technology, provider of the IRRI-GATOR pump as well as a wide variety of other pump types. Also know for the 2″ submersible well pumps.

Zoeller, the makers of the Mighty Mate and the Aquamate.

Liberty, probably best known for the Omnivore series grinder pumps.

Berkeley, known for delivering years of trouble free, efficient operation in the most challenging water transfer projects and residential water applications.

Myers, offers top quality sewage pumps designed for various applications.

Sta-Rite, manufactures some of the best selling centrifugal pumps.

These great brands are well known throughout the pump industry for reliability, precision engineering and performance. Responsive customer service is also important to all of our manufacturing partners, as well as to Pump Products. I’ll be doing more videos soon. That’s the Pumphead way. Strap yourself in and get ready for the ride.

Pump Products application engineers are standing by to help you find the right pump, as well as to provide price quotes, availability and shipping information. Call our toll free number 1-800-429-0800.

Jul 18

Inspector Pumphead’s Buyer’s Guide: Goulds WS_B Series Sewage Pumps

Goulds WS_B Series Model 3886 pumps are rugged cast iron sewage pumps. These pumps were specifically designed for residential or light commercial usage in sewage systems and can also be used for dewatering/effluent and general water transfer applications. Constructed with a semi-open, dynamically balanced non-clog impeller with pump out vanes, this expertly engineered pump can handle waste solids up to 2” in diameter. The volute is cast iron and can easily be installed on the A10-20 guide rail or base elbow rail system. The fasteners and shaft are corrosion resistant stainless steel.

The pump can run dry without damage to the main components but is meant to run continuously while submerged. Each pump can withstand 140° F temperatures intermittently and 104° F temperatures continuously. All models featured here are manual and come with a 20 ft. power cord. An option for a bronze impeller is also available.

Goulds WS_B Sewage Pumps Series


Model Comparison Chart

Model Number Discharge Horsepower Voltage Phase GPM Max. Head
WS0311B 2″ NPT 1/3 115 1 105 18
WS0312B 2″ NPT 1/3 230 1 105 18
WS0318B 2″ NPT 1/3 208 1 105 18
 WS0511B 2″ NPT 1/2 115 1 160 25
WS0512B 2″ NPT 1/2 230 1 160 25
WS0518B 2″ NPT 1/2 208 1 160 25
WS0532B 2″ NPT 1/2 230 3 160 25
WS0534B 2″ NPT 1/2 460 3 160 25
WS0538B 2″ NPT 1/2 200 3 160 25
WS0712B 2″ NPT 3/4 230 1 166 30
WS0718B 2″ NPT 3/4 208 1 166 30
WS0732B 2″ NPT 3/4 230 3 166 30
WS0734B 2″ NPT 3/4 460 3 166 30
WS0738B 2″ NPT 3/4 200 3 166 30
WS1012B 2″ NPT 1 230 1 185 38
WS1032B 2″ NPT 1 230 3 185 38
WS1034B 2″ NPT 1 460 3 185 38
WS1018B 2″ NPT 1 208 1 185 38
WS1038B 2″ NPT 1 200 3 185 38

Performance Curve


Goulds WS_B Technical Brochure
Goulds WS_B Instruction Manual
 Goulds WS_B Repair Parts List

Goulds WS_B Specifications

Pump Products application engineers are standing by to help you find the right pump, as well as to provide price quotes, availability and shipping information. Call our toll free number 1-800-429-0800.

Jul 14

Inspector Pumphead’s Classroom: Graywater vs. Sewage Water

Inspector Pumphead is lecturing on wastewater

Welcome to Inspector Pumphead’s Classroom! In this series, I will discuss various aspects of pumps, pumping technology and the pump industry. I’m here to school you on pumps. So pull up a chair, open up your notebook and grab a pen – it’s time for class!


Graywater or effluent is “used” water that does not touch any urine or fecal matter. Most of the water fixtures in your home will produce graywater. Sinks, washing machines, laundry discharge, shower water – all of that is considered graywater. Different pump types are capable of handling graywater and the solids therein; in a general sense, effluent pumps, sump pumps and dewatering pumps are capable of handling graywater. While we always recommend that you purchase a pump matched specifically to your application, there is some crossover. A good example is the Zoeller 53-0001 Mighty Mate which is listed as an effluent pump but can also be used for general dewatering applications.

A good rule of thumb to remember is that effluent pumps are capable of handling up to ¾” solids.  This is good because things such as soap scum, oil, grease, laundry detergent residue and other particulates often accumulate in the wide variety of water fixtures that produce graywater.

Sewage, by contrast is typically only produced in toilets, at least at the residential level. Sewage is defined as any used water which is touched by human waste like urine and fecal matter. Unlike graywater, which is recycled through usable systems, sewage water is exported for treatment. This exported sewage can go to either a septic tank or a city sewer line. 

As would be expected, you need a sewage pump to pump sewage out of your home or building if you do not have a gravity line. Sewage pumps are built to handle and transport 2” diameter waste solids. Grinder pumps are a subcategory of sewage pumps equipped with a cutting system that chops waste solids into a fine slurry for higher head export. Unlike the crossover effect with effluent pumps,sewage and grinder pumps should really only be used for sewage water.

So if you didn’t know before, you now know the difference between graywater and sewage water and what type of pump you need for each. Knowing is half the battle – that’s the promise of Inspector Pumphead’s classroom baby!

Pump Products applications engineers are standing by to help you find the right pump, as well as to provide price quotes, availability and shipping information. Call our toll free number 1-800-429-0800.

Jul 14

Inspector Pumphead Previews the British Open!

Inspector Pumphead’s got a powerful drive!

It’s time for golf’s British Open! Held at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England, this major tournament is steeped in history and tradition. In addition to being the oldest of the Majors, it is also the only one of the major championships to be held outside of the United States. The British Open is also often called the Open Championship. So, who will win? 

This Open is typically known for producing windy conditions. High rise dunes at the Birkdale course will also be challenging. The conditions suggest that aggressive golfers who can take advantage of the high winds and slow greens can actually benefit. Historically, older golfers have had much success and outperformed expectations at the Open.

For now, however, the odds makers are favoring two youngsters, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy. They are two of the most dominant golfers of the past few years, however both are coming off of U.S. Open disappointments when they (and others) made headlines for missing the cut. It will be interesting to see how they respond to the adversity.  In golf, the mental setbacks are often more challenging than the physical ones.

Burgeoning superstar Jordan Spieth has also emerged from his recent struggles and is the third favorite to take the Open. Spieth is one of the most popular younger players on the tour and comes armed with a boatload of endorsements to boot. It will be interesting to contrast his performance with those of Johnson and McIlroy.

As mentioned above, older players generally find some success at this particular tournament, so it won’t just be the young guns making noise. Sergio Garcia is still riding the emotional wave from his breakthrough Masters win. Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Adam Scott are… still around. And after missing out on the past few Majors, fan favorite Phil Mickelson is back to compete. All in all, it should be a wild and fun tournament.

Pump Products application engineers are standing by to help you find the right pump, as well as to provide price quotes, availability and shipping information. Call our toll free number 1-800-429-0800.

Jul 13

Inspector Pumphead Recommends: Top 5 Best Selling Pumps!

Summer is here and I, Inspector Pumphead, sincerely hope that you are enjoying it. Whether you prefer going to the beach, taking a family trip or catching a baseball game, summer is a great time to get outdoors and get out of your routine. What are your favorite summer activities? Let us know in the comments!

Inspector Pumphead recommends these five pumps!

As for me, I think you all know what I love most about summer: pumps! Of course, pumps are my favorite thing about any season, but I digress. Reliability and performance are a must for any pump, especially if you are going to be away from your home for an extended period of time. That’s why I’ve decided to put together this list of our top five bestselling pumps of the summer, to help you find the right product so you can take that summer vacation with no worries.

You will read about our best selling pumps such as, grinder pumps to turn your sewage into a fine slurry for export, our best irrigator pump for lawn sprinkling/general irrigation and a convenient best selling pump for wet bars.  The gang’s all here, so dive into this list and find the right bestseller for your application.

I’ve also created a highlight video using VideoScribe! Check it out here:

The Top Five

Zoeller 202-1000 (Grinder Pump)

Zoeller 202-1000

The Zoeller Qwik Jon 202 Ultima pump is one of the most popular sewage system grinders on the market. The package includes the grinder pump itself and a container tank in a pre-assembled configuration. It is compact and easy to install – a perfect mini-system for isolated or outdoor areas such as basements, cabins, workshops, garages, pool houses, etc.

Liberty LSG202M

Liberty LSG202M (Grinder Pump)

The Liberty LSG202M is a manual pump and part of Liberty’s famous “Omnivore” series of grinder pump. It features Liberty’s famous “V-Slice” cutting technology to provide up to 108 alternate cuts per revolution, reducing waste solids to a fine slurry for higher head export. Solids such as tissues, plastic wipes and thin rags are easily cut down by the powerful cutter.

Goulds GT15

Goulds GT15 (Centrifugal Pump)


The Goulds GT15 is one of the company’s famous IRRI-GATOR pump. It’s perfect for lawn-sprinkling applications, so it’s no surprise this is our best selling irrigation pump of summer. The GT15 can also be used for general irrigation, water transfer and dewatering applications. The pump is self-priming up to 25 feet and features an easily-serviced back pullout design.

Myers MUSP125

Myers MUSP125 (Utility Sink Pump)

The Myers MUSP125 is a versatile drain pump built for wet bars, laundry sinks and utility sinks. It is compact, lightweight and easy to both install and service. For more detailed information on this pump, click here.

Zoeller 53-0001

Zoeller 53-0001 (Effluent Pump)

And here we have our number one seller, one of the ‘mightiest’ pumps in our catalog, the Zoeller 53-0001 Mighty Mate.  This pump is truly “The King of Pumps” at least so far this summer. The 53-0001 is a basic cast iron dewatering pump and is popular for its simplicity, reliability and effective performance. It is designed primarily for residential and light commercial usage.

So there you have it, our top five pumps! Call us now at 1-800-429-0800 to discuss these bestsellers or other products with one of our highly-trained application engineers.  You can also visit us at Pumpproducts.com for all your pump and part needs!

Pump Products application engineers are standing by to help you find the right pump, as well as to provide price quotes, availability and shipping information. Call our toll free number 1-800-429-0800.

Jul 11

Inspector Pumphead’s Quick Tips: Pullout Design for Goulds Irrigator Pumps

Inspector Pumphead has a tip for you!

Here’s another edition of everyone’s favorite sem-recurring content feature: Inspector Pumphead’s Quick Tips!

In this space, I, Inspector Pumphead from Pump Products, will be sending out friendly reminders and dispensing basic tips for ordering, maintaining and servicing pumps. The Inspector is in and here to help!

Tip: Pumps with a back pullout design are easier to clean, service and repair.

You may have noticed that some of our centrifugal pumps, such as the Goulds IRRI-GATOR, are listed as having a “back pullout” or “pullout design.” This simply means that the rotating assembly of the pump can be pulled out of the volute or pump casing without disturbing the piping. As noted above, this makes cleaning those areas of the pump (including parts such as bearings, shaft seals, etc.) much easier. Quick disassembly can also be beneficial if you need to perform any maintenance. This can save you a lot of time, money and headaches.

Pump Products applications engineers are standing by to help you find the right pump, as well as to provide price quotes, availability and shipping information. Call our toll free number 1-800-429-0800.

Jul 07

Inspector Pumphead’s Quick Tips: Save on Insurance with A Backup Sump Pump

Inspector Pumphead has some advice

Welcome back to everyone’s favorite semi-recurring content feature: Inspector Pumphead’s Quick Tips!

In this space, Inspector Pumphead from Pump Products will be sending out friendly reminders and dispensing basic tips for pump handling and maintenance.  The Inspector is in and here to help!

Tip: A backup sump pump could earn you a discount on your insurance.

If you are a homeowner, you probably know that standard homeowners’ insurance does not cover a flooded basement, nor does flood insurance. Naturally, this can cause quite the headache for those of us who live in flood-prone areas, especially during certain seasons. Unfortunately, many people assume they are covered until the flooding actually happens and then they have to deal with a reticent insurance company.

If you own a sump pump, however, there is a specific rider that could help: the “Back Up of Sewer, Drain and Sump Pump Coverage” rider or HO-208. This specific rider could potentially cover damage up to $10,000 if a sump pump does not activate due to power failure. Some insurance companies even offer discounts if you have a battery backup sump pump!

Of course, the ability to obtain a discount will be dependent on your insurance company and its policies.  Even if you can’t get a discount, a battery backup sump pump might well be worth the cost. Consider the stuff you have in your basement – furniture, electronics, old family heirlooms – and the relative value of all that stuff. We have heard stories of people having $30,000 worth of stuff in their basement and having it damaged due to flooding. A backup sump pump is a bargain in comparison.

Pump Products applications engineers are standing by to help you find the right pump, as well as to provide price quotes, availability and shipping information. Call our toll free number 1-800-429-0800.

Jul 07

Inspector Pumphead’s Classroom: Training with Ion Technologies

Welcome to Inspector Pumphead’s Classroom! In this series, I will discuss various aspects of pumps, pumping technology and the pump industry. I’m here to school you on pumps! I will also share stories about the intense training that my disciples, as well as my application engineers, received. Many manufacturers often send representatives to help our staff better understand certain products and how they can help the customer. 

Inspector Pumphead is ready to teach

So pull up a chair, open up your notebook and grab a pen – it’s time for class!

Training With Ion Technologies

Pump Products staff recently attended a training seminar with a representative from Ion Technologies. Ion is one of Pump Products newest manufacturing partners and this session allowed our application engineers, marketing and web staff gain a better understanding of the strengths and features of certain Ion products.

Ion Rep Carla gave an informative presentation on both the history and current efforts of the company. Ion originally began as a switch manufacturer for other companies, eventually moving into manufacturing pumps and systems.  Ion created a distinctive bell-shaped switch that Ion is still currently known for.

Ion float with sensor technology

Despite the appearance, these are not diaphragm switches. The Ion switch uses the same technology found in post office scales to measure pressure and water levels. Since the detection technology is built into the switch, it does not need the room to swing like other tethered switches, instead it simply hangs straight down. A piggyback switch with an alarm is also available. When the water level reaches 6”, the switch activates the pump. If the water reaches 8 ½”, the alarm will activate.

In many ways, the switches are still Ion’s signature but they have greatly expanded their range of products. The training session concentrated specifically on Ion’s line of basement sump pumps, which are some of the most popular Ion products, specifically the StormPro series.

Ion representative Carla with showing the products

Sump Pumps and Backups

StormPro sump pumps are powerful but compact, better to fit on the floor of a basin. Built for basic sump and dewatering applications, StormPro pumps are made of cast iron and stainless steel and include a thermoplastic vortex impeller for passing solids. The StormPro series is a solid, easy to install residential pump.

One of the most interesting pieces on display was the Sumpro battery backup system. Instead of using an additional pump with a battery, the primary pump plugs into the inverter box which is connected to a wall outlet. The inverter takes the current and charges the battery, which only kicks on when the power cuts out. This ensures that your primary pump can pump at its true capacity for the full battery life of (9 to 12 hours). Ion also sells stands to keep the inverter dry. Different battery brands can also be inserted into the inverter box as long as they fit.

Application engineer Lee checks out the Ion Genesis

A more traditional duplex backup system with two pumps was also featured, as was the Ion Genesis controller. Carla stressed that while many residential customers preferred the convenience of an all-in-one system, the different parts of the system are available for a la carte purchase as well. It all comes down to customer preference. Ion also features a 3-year warranty from the date of manufacture for most of its products.

“We almost never have a problem with the warranty process,” Carla said. “If an issue comes up, we make sure to take care of our customers.”

Ion products are well-made and come with extensive warranties

It was an informative session that helped Pump Products application engineers better understand the products of a partner and be able to communicate those benefits to customers. Many more sessions like this will be held in the future. It’s all about increasing knowledge and improving customer service.

Pump Products applications engineers are standing by to help you find the right pump, as well as to provide price quotes, availability and shipping information. Call our toll free number 1-800-429-0800.

Jul 05

Inspector Pumphead Talks Wimbledon!

Wimbledon is underway and Inspector Pumphead has some thoughts on this grand tennis tournament.

Inspector Pumphead fires up a monster serve

Probably the most well-known and prestigious of all the Major tennis tournaments, Wimbledon takes place every summer in London. This event is famous for its fast grass courts, all-white dress code and the consistent attendance of prominent celebrities, including members of the Royal Family. Both the men’s and women’s finals are some of typically the highest rated tennis broadcasts all year, despite the time difference between the UK and the US.

This year will continue the recurrent themes for both the men’s and women’s draw. On the women’s side, the absence of Serena Williams widens the potential field considerably. In the men’s draw, the veteran’s crew continues to hold sway, as the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are favorites to fend off the younger crew.

It should be an interesting draw. Let’s dive into some of these factors in the preview.

Golden Oldies

Tennis has long been known as a young man’s (or woman’s) game, it was much more common to see a 17-year old wunderkind win a major tournament than a player over 29. Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, perhaps the two biggest icons of the 70s/80s tennis boom, both won their last Major tournaments at 25 years old and that was not a particularly unusual fact.

But now, many of the top players in the world are dominant well into their 30s. In fact, the entire top five is part of the thirty-something crowd:
–Andy Murray, 30

–Rafael Nadal, 31

–Stan Wawrinka, 32

–Roger Federer, 35

–Novak Djokovic, 30

It’s pretty remarkable and the first time in the history of tennis rankings that this has happened. There could be a variety of explanations as to why older players are surviving. This Wall Street Journal story digs into some of the factors. Perhaps the most pertinent explanation includes the advances in sports nutrition, awareness of injury prevention methods and the recuperative techniques. These are valuable tools that help older players maintain their edge.  With elite older players combining their knowledge and experience with a retained athleticism, it is more difficult than ever for younger players to break through the ranks.

It will be fascinating to see if young guns such as Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori and Nick Kyrgios can dethrone their idols.

Questions in the Women’s Draw

When the dominant Serena Williams is not playing, the field is considered wide open. World no. 1 Angelique Kerber would ostensibly be the favorite but she has been struggling as of lately and will probably lose her top ranking. Simona Help and Karolina Pliskova are in play as are crowd favorites Caroline Wozniacki and Coco Vandeweghe.

Despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that there aren’t as many big names in the women’s draw, it could be even more interesting than the men’s side.

Pump Products application engineers are standing by to help you find the right pump, as well as to provide price quotes, availability and shipping information. Call our toll-free number 1-800-429-0800.

Jul 05

Inspector Pumphead Recommends: AMT Model 12SP10C-3P Chemical Transfer Pump

Welcome back to another edition of Inspector Pumphead Recommends! In this column, I will show my skills and experience as an Inspector to highlight and explain the features, specifications and benefits of specific pump models. The pump that is featured here might be a best-seller, be seasonally appropriate or have unique features that set it apart from other pumps of a similar type.

Inspector Pumphead recommends AMT

In today’s edition of “Inspector Pumphead Recommmends” I will be highlighting the AMT 12SP10C-3P self-priming cast iron chemical pump. AMT is a great brand for pumps used at job sites and they carry many other centrifugal chemical pumps.

What is a Chemical Pump?

A chemical pump is simply a pump that is is able to transport or process chemicals in addition to water and wastewater. This is due to the special construction of the pump which is resistant to corrosion or the other ill effects often caused by chemical substances. Keep in mind that these pumps can’t pump any old universal chemical. As with any other pump, they are built to precise specifications and can handle certain applications.

For instance, the AMT 12SP10C-3P is not to be used with petroleum based liquids. But it is still one of the best chemical pumps on the market.


AMT 12SP10C-3P

This AMT pump is referred to as a general transfer chemical pump and is specifically designed specifically for commercial and industrial applications. The main applications are high volume liquid transfer, wastewater drainage and chemical processing. This pump can often be found in factories, refineries and chemical processing plants.

The AMT 12SP1C-3P can handle liquids with specific gravities up to 1.3 Specific gravity, telling you the density of the liquid. It is the ratio of the density of substance to the density of the reference substance, which in the case of liquids is water. To put it more simply, the specific gravity measures how dense the desired liquid or chemical is, as compared to water at 4° C.

Specific gravity can vary depending on temperature and pressure so the sample substance and the reference substance should be compared with the same conditions. Some common liquid substances with a specific gravity of 1.3 or less include acetylene, ethanol, crude oil, natural gasoline and sea water. The AMT will handle those liquids and many others. For temperature, it can handle fluids ranging from 40° F to 180° F.


Here’s the performance curve for all AMT self-priming centrifugal pumps:

The 12SP series can reach a maximum capacity of approximately 85 GPM and a maximum head of about 60 ft. TDH.


Naturally, any chemical pump will feature rugged construction, in this case a cast iron casing with seals made of EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) rubber and EPR (ethylene propylene rubber) seals. The dual volute is built to handle working pressures up to 125 PSI and reduces radial load on the motor. The impeller is self-cleaning and clog resistant and can handle ⅜” diameter semi-solids. The dual cycle NEMA 56J motors have stainless steel shafts.

A built-in check valve adds to the convenience and allows self-priming up to 20 ft. after the initial prime. A back pullout design also allows for easy service, maintenance and cleaning. This is an impressively designed pump that will be able to move wastewater or chemicals for your application.

Pump Products applications engineers are standing by to help you find the right pump, as well as to provide price quotes, availability and shipping information. Call our toll free number 1-800-429-0800.