Nov 14

What is a Jet Pump?

Believe it or not, jet pumps are not associated with the awful New York football team. They are referred to as such because they work similarly to a jet engine in the way they create large amounts of pressure.

Jet pumps are mounted above ground and are non-submersible. They are typically used to draw water from a well through a suction pipe in order to provide potable water or domestic water pressure. Other common applications (though certainly not limited to) include light commercial or residential irrigation and supplying water for sprinkler systems. Jet pumps are typically more popular in warmer climates or areas with high water tables.

Goulds Convertible Jet Pump

Jet pumps come in two variations: deep well and shallow well. The type of jet pump most suitable for your application will be dependent on the depth of your well. Shallow well jet pumps are used to transport water from wells as deep as 25 feet. Deep wells are generally used for depths up to about 200 feet. Deep well jet pumps can move larger volumes of water more quickly and over longer distances than shallow well pumps. Please note that altitude can affect the specific depth to which a pump can draw water from.

Deep well pumps can also be referred to as convertible jet pumps. This means that the pump can be used in either shallow or deep wells. In a shallow well setup, an ejector kit (or jet kit) is built in or attached to the pump. For deep wells, the kit is placed down in the well. This ejector kit helps force water up from the bottom of the well.

Goulds Shallow Well Jet Pump

If you already have a jet pump and you are looking to determine whether it is a deep well or shallow well pump, look at how many pipes are between the pump and the water source. One pipe indicates a shallow well pump while two pipes indicate a deep well pump.

It is important to keep in mind that jet pumps should never run dry. Running a pump dry may significantly and permanently damage the pump. Jet pumps need to be primed first before they are ready to draw water. In order to prime your jet pump, first make sure the electricity to your pump is off. Next remove the priming plug on the wet end of the pump (or the side opposite the motor). Then fill the priming vent with water until it reaches the top of the vent. The idea behind this is to remove all the air from the pump housing. After the pump is primed, your pump is ready to go and you can turn the electricity back on to the pump. If the pump does not pull water within five minutes you may need to re-prime the pump.

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

Nov 12

Inspector Pumphead’s Buyers Guide: Goulds 3657 Series Centrifugal Pumps

The Goulds centrifugal 3657 series is commonly used for pure water transfer, chemical transfer, pharmaceutical procedures or food and beverage processing.

This series features materials made of superior construction. Liquid end components consist of precision investment cast 316 stainless steel for added corrosion resistance and strength. Casing for this series features an investment cast AISI type 316 stainless steel volute design for maximum efficiency. Vertical discharges come standard but are field modifiable to four standard positions.

The frame mounted design allows for flexibility of installation and driver arrangements. Mechanical seals are standard Flowserve 31 seals with carbon versus silicon-carbide faces, Viton elastomers and 316 stainless steel metal parts. Optional seals are available for high temperature and mild abrasive services.

A close-coupled, compact design saves space and simplifies installation. An enclosed impeller allows for maximum efficiency and service life with no need for clearance adjustment. The back pull out design also simplifies maintenance by allowing the casing to remain in the piping during disassembly. Shafts and sleeves are comprised of high strength steel.

Motors in this series are NEMA standard JM or T frames that are available in both single and three phase designs with a variety of enclosures and voltage to match your service requirements.

GOULDS 3657 SERIES CENTRIFUGAL PUMPS

Model Comparison Chart

Model Discharge (Flanged) HP Voltage Phase GPM Max. Head
3SS2ECA0 1-1/2″ 1 208-230/460 3 105 39′
3SS2E9A0 1-1/2″ 1 208-230/460 3 105 39′
3SS2E1A0 1-1/2″ 1 115/208-230 1 105 39′
3SS2E4A0 1-1/2″ 1 115/208-230 1 105 39′
4SS2G2D0 2″ 2 208-230/460 3 235 39′
5SS2ECL0 1-1/2″ 1 208-230/460 3 128 26′
3SS1HCC0 1-1/2″ 3 208-230/460 3 168 114′
4SS2F9G0 2″ 1-1/2 208-230/460 3 200 28′
4SS2FCG0 2″ 1-1/2 208-230/460 3 200 28′
5SS2E9L0 1-1/2″ 1 208-230/460 3 128 26′
5SS2FCF0 1-1/2″ 1-1/2 208-230/460 3 165 47′
5SS2GCF0 1-1/2″ 2 208-230/460 3 165 47′
5SS2G9F0 1-1/2″ 2 208-230/460 3 165 47′
5SS2E4L0 1-1/2″ 1 115/208-230 1 128 26′
5SS2E1L0 1-1/2″ 1 115/208-230 1 128 26′
3SS1JCA0 1-1/2″ 5 208-230/460 3 192 150′
4SS1J2H0 2″ 5 208-230/460 3 328 88′
3SS1H9D0 1-1/2″ 3 208-230/460 3 152 92′
5SS2HCA0 1-1/2″ 3 208-230/460 3 205 72′
3SS1J9B0 1-1/2″ 5 208-230/460 3 183 130′
4SS2HCA0 2″ 3 208-230/460 3 275 55′
3SS1H1C0 1-1/2″ 3 115/208-230 1 168 114′
4SS2F4G0 2″ 1-1/2 115/208-230 1 200 28′
4SS2F1G0 2″ 1-1/2 115/208-230 1 200 28′
5SS2F1F0 1-1/2″ 1-1/2 115/208-230 1 165 47′
4SS2H9A0 2″ 3 208-230/460 3 275 55′
4SS1HCK0 2″ 3 208-230/460 3 245 57′
4SS2G9D0 2″ 2 208-230/460 3 235 39′
5SS2G1F0 1-1/2″ 2 115/208-230 1 164 47′
4SS2G1D0 2″ 2 115/208-230 1 235 39′
5SS2G4F0 1-1/2″ 2 115/208-230 1 165 47′
4SS2G4D0 2″ 2 115/208-230 1 235 39′
5SS2H9A0 1-1/2″ 3 208-230/460 3 205 72′
5SS1JCL0 1-1/2″ 5 208-230/460 3 200 122′
4SS2H1A0 2″ 3 115/208-230 1 275 55′
5SS2H1A0 1-1/2″ 3 115/208-230 1 205 72′
4SS2H4A0 2″ 3 115/208-230 1 275 55′
4SS1H1K0 2″ 3 115/208-230 1 245 57′
3SS1J1A0 1-1/2″ 5 115/208-230 1 192 150′
5SS1J9L0 1-1/2″ 5 208-230/460 3 200 122′
4SS1J9J0 2″ 5 208-230/460 3 280 72′
5SS1KCJ0 1-1/2″ 7-1/2 208-230/460 3 237 153′
5SS2J9A0 1-1/2″ 5 208-230/460 3 205 72′
4SS1KCF0 2″ 7-1/2 208-230/460 3 378 120′
5SS1K9K0 1-1/2″ 7-1/2 208-230/460 3 215 133′
4SS1M2B0 2″ 15 208-230/460 3 520 202′
5SS1J1L0 1-1/2″ 5 115/208-230 1 200 122′
4SS1J1H0 2″ 5 115/208-230 1 328 88′
3SS1H4D0 1-1/2″ 3 115/208-230 1 152 92′
4SS1LCD0 2″ 10 208-230/460 3 440 154′
5SS1LCG0 1-1/2″ 10 208-230/460 3 267 180′
4SS1K9G0 2″ 7-1/2 208-230/460 3 355 103′
4SS1L9E0 2″ 10 208-230/460 3 395 125′
3SS1J4B0 1-1/2″ 5 115/208-230 1 183 130′
4SS1K1F0 2″ 7-1/2 115/208-230 1 378 120′
5SS1K1J0 1-1/2″ 7-1/2 115/208-230 1 237 153′
5SS1L9H0 1-1/2″ 10 208-230/460 3 254 164′
5SS1MCE0 1-1/2″ 15 208-230/460 3 300 220′
4SS1L1D0 2″ 10 115/208-230 1 440 154′
5SS1L1G0 1-1/2″ 10 115/208-230 1 267 180′
4SS1NCA0 2″ 20 208-230/460 3 540 215′
4SS1J4J0 2″ 5 115/208-230 1 280 72′
4SS1M9C0 2″ 15 208-230/460 3 465 175′
5SS1M9E0 1-1/2″ 15 208-230/460 3 300 220′
5SS1NCB0 1-1/2″ 20 208-230/460 3 325 273′
4SS1N9A0 2″ 20 208-230/460 3 540 215′
5SS1N9C0 1-1/2″ 20 208-230/460 3 317 255′
5SS1PCA0 1-1/2″ 25 208-230/460 3 334 294′
PERFORMANCE CURVES

MATERIALS OF CONSTRUCTION

MOTOR DIMENSIONS

REPAIR PARTS

TECHNICAL BROCHURE
Gouls 3657 Series Centrifugal Pump Technical Brochure
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
Gouls 3657 Series Centrifugal Pump Instruction Manual
REPAIR PARTS
Gouls 3657 Series Centrifugal Pump Repair Parts

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.

Oct 23

PumpProducts.com Now Carrying Baldor Motors

Baldor Enclosed Motor

Baldor Enclosed Motor

PumpProducts.com is proud to announce that we are now carrying general purpose motors from Baldor Motors. Baldor is considered to be one of the finest and most reputable motor manufacturers in the country, long renowned for precision engineering, rugged quality construction and overall reliability. Baldor has long set the standard for motors in the US and the partnership with PumpProducts.com will ensure quality wares for all customers for years to come. When you install a pump with a Baldor motor, you know that product will last. 

Baldor Motors can be used with a wide variety of mechanical appliances, such as fans, conveyors, gear reducers and of course, the mighty pump, the king of all appliances. A wide range of the leading pump brands that we carry, such as Goulds, Taco and Bell & Gossett. The Baldor motors give your pump the necessary power to operate your specific pumping application. Whether you are boosting water pressure, recirculating hot water or irrigating your front lawn, Baldor motors let pumps work their wondrous magic.

PumpProducts.com currently carries three main motor configurations from Baldor and the company will work to add more motors for a wide variety of applications in the future.

Single Phase Enclosed

Baldor Single Phase Enclosed Motors are available from 1/12 HP through 15 HP in TEFC designs, where only single phase power is utilized. Standard foot mounted configurations are available, as well as C-Face foot mounted and C-Face footless. These motors are offered in 1/4 HP through 5 HP as Super-E Premium Efficient motors.

Three Phase Enclosed

Three Phase Enclosed motors are available in totally enclosed cast iron and industrial steel brand for harsh applications.

Three Phase Open

Three phase enclosed motors are available in totally enclosed cast iron and industrial steel band for harsh applications. The Super E Motors (EM & CEM) provide NEMA Premium efficiency and are designed as standard to be invert ready with wide variable torque speed ranges.

PumpProducts.com is rapidly expanding its stock of motors, generators and other mechanical appliances besides pumps. But do not think for one second that we will let the quality of our pump service lag. We will always emphasize excellent pump distribution service. Except we will now bring you that same care and customer service for motors and generators as well.

It is an exciting new era for pumps, motors and generators at PumpProducts.com and we want our customers to come along for the ride!

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

Oct 22

Inspector Pumphead’s Buyers Guide: Goulds 3656 L Series Centrifugal Pumps

The Goulds 3656 L Series of end-suction, centrifugal pumps have been designed for a variety of water supply, recirculation, and cooling applications. This series is available in all iron or bronze fitted construction for application versatility.

This series offers a close coupled design for space saving and simplified maintenance. The 3656 series is also designed for back pull-out to reduce maintenance down time. Replaceable wearing components include stainless steel shaft sleeves, casing, and hub wear rings to maintain peak efficiency.

This series features a bronze fitted, enclosed impeller available in multiple diameters. Dynamic balancing and renewable wear rings reduce losses affecting performance and pump life.

These pumps are built with a 125 class ANSI flanged suction and discharge that come in multiple sizes. This allows for piping connection versatility. NPT threaded connections are supplied on 1½ x 2 – 10 and 2½ x 3 – 8 models.

Standard type 21 mechanical seals provide for both reliability and availability. Carbon/ceramic/BUNA standard, with other faces and elastomers are available.

The motors come in open drip-proof or totally enclosed fan cooled, and in 1180 or 1750 RPM versions. Optional explosion proof and high efficiency motors are available.

These pumps are available in a wide range of power outputs. The selected options determine the maximum head and flow.

GOULDS 3656 L SERIES CENTRIFUGAL PUMPS

Goulds 3656 L Series Centrifugal Pumps

Model Comparison Chart

Model Discharge (ANSI class 125 flange) Suction (ANSI class 125 flange) HP Voltage Phase RPM
18BF3KBK0 6″ 8″ 7-1/2 230/460 3 1180
18BF3LBH0 6″ 8″ 10 230/460 3 1180
18BF3K9K0 6″ 8″ 7-1/2 230/460 3 1180
18BF2QBK0 6″ 8″ 30 230/460 3 1750
18BF3MBP0 6″ 8″ 15 230/460 3 1180
18BF2QBJ0 6″ 8″ 30 230/460 3 1750
18BF3PBL0 6″ 8″ 25 230/460 3 1180
18BF2Q9J0 6″ 8″ 30 230/460 3 1750
18BF3NBM0 6″ 8″ 20 230/460 3 1180
18BF3L9H0 6″ 8″ 10 230/460 3 1180
18BF2T2D0 6″ 8″ 60 230/460 3 1750
18BF2RBH0 6″ 8″ 40 230/460 3 1750
18BF2RBG0 6″ 8″ 40 230/460 3 1750
18BF2Q9K0 6″ 8″ 30 230/460 3 1750
18BF2SBE0 6″ 8″ 50 230/460 3 1750
18BF2SBF0 6″ 8″ 50 230/460 3 1750
18BF3N9M0 6″ 8″ 20 230/460 3 1180
18BF3M9P0 6″ 8″ 15 230/460 3 1180
18BF2R9G0 6″ 8″ 40 230/460 3 1750
18BF2R9H0 6″ 8″ 40 230/460 3 1750
19BF3MBR0 8″ 10″ 15 230/460 3 1180
18BF2TBC0 6″ 8″ 60 230/460 3 1750
18BF3P9L0 6″ 8″ 25 230/460 3 1180
18BF2S9E0 6″ 8″ 50 230/460 3 1750
19BF3NBR0 8″ 10″ 20 230/460 3 1180
18BF2S9F0 6″ 8″ 50 230/460 3 1750
19BF3PBQ0 8″ 10″ 25 230/460 3 1180
19BF3PBP0 8″ 10″ 25 230/460 3 1180
19BF2TBH0 8″ 10″ 60 230/460 3 1750
19BF3QBM0 8″ 10″ 30 230/460 3 1180
19BF3QBN0 8″ 10″ 30 230/460 3 1180
19BF3M9R0 8″ 10″ 15 230/460 3 1180
20BF2TBE0 4″ 6″ 60 230/460 3 1750
20BF2TBD0 4″ 6″ 60 230/460 3 1750
19BF3RBJ0 8″ 10″ 40 230/460 3 1180
19BF3RBL0 8″ 10″ 40 230/460 3 1180
19BF3RBK0 8″ 10″ 40 230/460 3 1180
18BF2UBA0 6″ 8″ 75 230/460 3 1750
18BF2UBB0 6″ 8″ 75 230/460 3 1750
19BF3N9R0 8″ 10″ 20 230/460 3 1180
19BF3P9P0 8″ 10″ 25 230/460 3 1180
19BF3P9Q0 8″ 10″ 25 230/460 3 1180
19BF3Q9M0 8″ 10″ 30 230/460 3 1180
19BF3Q9N0 8″ 10″ 30 230/460 3 1180
20BF2UBB0 4″ 6″ 75 230/460 3 1750
20BF2UBC0 4″ 6″ 75 230/460 3 1750
19BF2UBF0 8″ 10″ 75 230/460 3 1750
19BF2UBG0 8″ 10″ 75 230/460 3 1750
18BF2T9C0 6″ 8″ 60 230/460 3 1750
18BF2T9D0 6″ 8″ 60 230/460 3 1750
20BF2T9D0 4″ 6″ 60 230/460 3 1750
19BF2T9H0 8″ 10″ 60 230/460 3 1750
19BF2WBB0 8″ 10″ 125 230/460 3 1750
20BF2T9E0 4″ 6″ 60 230/460 3 1750
20BF2VBA0 4″ 6″ 100 230/460 3 1750
19BF2VBE0 8″ 10″ 100 230/460 3 1750
19BF2VBD0 8″ 10″ 100 230/460 3 1750
19BF2WBC0 8″ 10″ 125 230/460 3 1750
20BF2U9C0 4″ 6″ 75 230/460 3 1750
19BF3R9J0 8″ 10″ 40 230/460 3 1180
19BF3R9K0 8″ 10″ 40 230/460 3 1180
19BF3R9L0 8″ 10″ 40 230/460 3 1180
18BF2U9A0 6″ 8″ 75 230/460 3 1750
18BF2U9B0 6″ 8″ 75 230/460 3 1750
20BF2U9B0 4″ 6″ 75 230/460 3 1750
19BF2U9F0 8″ 10″ 75 230/460 3 1750
19BF2U9G0 8″ 10″ 75 230/460 3 1750
19BF2XBA0 8″ 10″ 150 230/460 3 1750
19BF2V9E0 8″ 10″ 100 230/460 3 1750
19BF2V9D0 8″ 10″ 100 230/460 3 1750
20BF2V9A0 4″ 6″ 100 230/460 3 1750
19BF2W9B0 8″ 10″ 125 230/460 3 1750
19BF2W9C0 8″ 10″ 125 230/460 3 1750
19BF2X9A0 8″ 10″ 150 230/460 3 1750
PERFORMANCE CURVES

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS

MATERIALS OF CONSTRUCTION

REPAIR PARTS

BROCHURE
Gouls 3656 L Series Centrifugal Pump Brochure
INSTALLATION MANUAL
Gouls 3656 L Series Centrifugal Pump Installation Manual
POWER FRAME REPAIR PARTS
Gouls 3656 L Series Centrifugal Pump Power Frame Repair Parts
REPAIR PARTS
Gouls 3656 L Series Centrifugal Pump Repair Parts

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.

Oct 17

Hundreds of Firefighters Respond to the Massive Fire in Wrightsville

On June 1st, the town of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania was shaded not underneath a blanket of clouds but by ash colored plumes of smoke rising from an industrial fire at the Donsco Incorporated facilities.

Hundreds of firefighters from every corner in York County assembled to combat the blaze. The fight lasted hours. Workers knelt, knees close to scraping against the foundry floor, in order to keep their noses and mouths just underneath the enveloping smoke. They escaped the building as organized as 100 people can be during a real fire drill.

One worker told the story of being lost amidst the smoke and only finding his way out when a flashlight cut through the dark clouds, like a lighthouse reaching out to lost ships.

Thanks to the bravery of local firefighters and the emergency preparedness of the Donsco employees, no one was seriously injured. Though the fire was referred to as “one of the largest fire losses in Wrightsville history,” according to fire chief Chad Livelsberger, facilities can always be rebuilt. Three fire fighters and one Donsco employee were checked for heat exhaustion and dehydration but nothing serious beyond that.

The flames originated when molten iron was being poured and splashed onto tanks of flammable fluid. After a few hours of fighting off the fire, firefighters set up a perimeter and pushed the public and news media back for fear of an explosion. Luckily no such catastrophe occurred.

You might be asking, “But why make particular mention of this fire?”

Shot from the Donsco fire (courtesy of WGAL.com)

Donsco represents an important step in the process of pump manufacturing.

Donsco Incorporated (according to their website) is North America’s leading single source of machined iron castings. Many of these iron castings end up on pumps manufactured by brands such as Goulds and Liberty. These pumps in turn, end up at the PumpProducts.com warehouse before getting shipped out to customers all across the country.

After terrible things happen, sometimes things are put into perspective. Call it the ripple effect or whatever you want but we get the chance to see how one thing affects another.

People rely on pumps. Industry and infrastructure depend heavily on pumps. How would sewage be dealt with if we didn’t have pumps? Pumps have even saved lives (i.e. the recent story of a Thai soccer team comprised of young children being rescued from a cave). So when something tragic happens that may slow the production of pumps, we get to see the important role pumps play in our everyday lives, even without us noticing most of the time.

Simply stated: events like the Wrightsville fire remind how much we need pumps and how vital they are to making sure that our society runs like clockwork.

PumpProducts.com would like to thank the firefighters who reported to the scene and all who made sure the sun set on June 1st with everyone at the scene being safe.

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.

Oct 15

Inspector Pumphead’s Buyers Guide: Goulds LB Series Booster Pumps

The Goulds LB series of booster pumps provide an economical alternative for small booster sets with flow requirements up to 18 GPM and heads up to 190 feet. Applications for this series include reverse osmosis (R/O) systems and potable water boosting.
This series of single stage pumps features casing constructed of stainless steel. Centerline connections are NPT threaded with easily accessible vent, prime, and drain connections. Stainless steel plugs make this series particularly convenient. Impellers, guide vanes and motor adapters are all built with high strength but also light weight engineered composite.
Mechanical seals are standard John Crane type 6 seals with carbon ceramic faces, EPR elastomers, and stainless steel metal parts.
Motors in this series are NEMA standard 48Y and 56Y open drip proof enclosures with optional single phase and three phase TEFC configuration.
Please note that pumps from the LB series should not be used with liquids that contain caustic substances, detergents, hydrocarbons, petroleum, or acids. For three phase motors, overload protection must be provided in the starter unit. Starter and heaters must be ordered separately.

GOULDS LB SERIES BOOSTER PUMPS

 

Model Comparison Chart

Model Discharge HP Voltage Phase GPM Max. Head
LB0512 1″ NPT 1/2 115-230 1 18 130′
LB0712 1″ NPT 3/4 115-230 1 18 176′
LB0535TE 1″ NPT 1/2 208-230/460 3 18 130′
LB0535 1″ NPT 1/2 208-230/460 3 18 130′
LB1012 1″ NPT 1 115-230 1 18 190′
LB1012TE 1″ NPT 1 115-230 1 18 190′
LB0735 1″ NPT 3/4 208-230/460 3 18 176′
LB1035 1″ NPT 1 208-230/460 3 18 190′
LB0512TE 1″ NPT 1/2 115-230 1 18 130′
LB0735TE 1″ NPT 3/4 208-230/460 3 18 176′
LB1035TEPE 1″ NPT 1 208-230/460 3 18 190′
LB0712TE 1″ NPT 3/4 115-230 1 18 176′
PERFORMANCE CURVES

DIMENSIONS

CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS

REPAIR PARTS

BROCHURE
Gouls LB Series Booster Pump Brochure
INSTALLATION MANUAL
Gouls LB Series Booster Pump Installation Manual
REPAIR PARTS
Gouls LB Series Booster Pump Repair Parts

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

Oct 11

3 Signs You Need a New Sewage Pump

Below is a list of a few things you never want to see break down:

  1. The 87’ Volvo you’ve owned since college breaking down during a long road trip.
  2. Your 87 year old grandma breaking it down during the bridge of a popular hip-hop song.
  3. (Most costly of all) Your sewage pump breaking down after your extended family comes over for a 4 course Thanksgiving dinner.

 

Sewage pumps are used to transport waste and solids up to 2 inches in diameter to a public sewer or septic tank. Though sewage pumps typically have a service life that can last 10 or even 30 years depending on circumstances and variables, they are not immune to certain malfunctions without regular maintenance. Below are a few signs and indications that you may need to call your local plumber or look for a replacement sewage pump.

Myers MW Series Sewage Pump

Smells

Perhaps the most obvious (and arguably worst) sign your sewage pump needs replacing would be the-why-does-my-basement-smell-like-my toilet-bowl fragrance suddenly emanating from your basement. This could be an indication that your pump is not emptying the pit or basin after it turns on. Smells could also mean you have a pipe leak in your system. If you or your local plumber can’t find a pipe leak, this could mean your sewage pump is faulty and may need replacing.

Continuously Running

If the pump is running constantly this could be an issue with your float switch. Float switches basically tell your pump when to turn on and when to turn off. When the water within the pit or basin reaches a certain height, it moves the float switch which in turn activates the pump. If the float switch is tethered, make sure the switch can properly hang straight down and is not encumbered or stuck. Constantly running can lead to a pump burning itself out or significantly shortening its service life.

Fluid not being pumped

If your pump is running but the basin is not emptying of wastewater, it could mean that your pump is clogged or not drawing enough power to create the suction necessary to pump. This could also be a symptom of your pump being overheated and shutting off from thermal overload. Be sure to monitor your pump and to minimize any toilet flushing to ensure that no wastewater floods over your basin or pit. Please note, that if there are a few inches of water in the bottom of the pit at any given time, this is normal and nothing to worry over.

Liberty LE40 Series Sewage Pump

Remember that taking care of your sewage pump will mean your sewage pump taking care of you. Pump repairs can be costly and it may be more cost effective just to purchase a replacement. Fret not because if you’re reading this, you’re in the right place. PumpProducts.com carries a wide variety of sewage pumps from the most reliable brands in the industry like Goulds, Zoeller, and Myers among others. We also offer some of the lowest prices on the web. Call our application engineers and they can help size you out the right pump for your application. This means next Thanksgiving you can eat comfortably, knowing your reliable sewage pump is doing the dirty work so you don’t have to.

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

Oct 11

3 Common Grinder Pump Problems

Grinder pumps are not just for making cool videos of cutting up rubber chickens. Grinder pumps are used in applications that require large solids to be sheared into a fine slurry, which is then pumped into a sewage system. Think sort of like a blender, but not the kind made for smoothies. Grinding solids down also allows grinder pumps to be suitable for applications which require higher heads. Grinder pumps however, like all pumps, are not immune to their environment and require care and maintenance (if Inspector Pumphead has one thing he wants people to know, it’s that pumps need a little TLC every now and then too). Problems with your grinder pump can lead to other serious problems like sewage backup so making sure your grinder pump is in tip-top shape will save you headaches and repair costs down the road. Below are some common issues grinder pump owners can experience and some solutions.

ABS Piranha 09W

Clogs

There are some things that shouldn’t be flushed down a toilet or poured down a drain. Materials such as kitty litter, paint, disposable napkins, and oil should all stay far away from your pipes. Substances such as these can build-up and become debris which in turn will restrict the flow of a grinder pump. Clogs can lead to more serious problems, like sewage being leaked onto your lawn (no one wants to mow that grass). A common fix to prevent blockages is to wash the pump periodically using a standard garden hose.

Clotting

If your pump is making a strange, whirring noise when it’s activated, this could be a sign of clotting. Clotting occurs after larger pieces of debris get caught and stick to the inner workings of the pump. This debris accumulates over time and can expand within the pump. Clotting can lead to a pump operating more slowly or even turning on more frequently. If your grinder is suffering from clotting, the best option is to call your local plumber and have the pump cleaned out.

Freezing

If you live in warmer climates, grinders can be buried a few feet underground without a second thought. However if you live in a colder climate, it is important to know what your frost line is. Frost line (sometimes referred to as frost level or frost depth) is the maximum depth below the soil that does not freeze in the winter. Wastewater traveling through a grinder that is not buried deep enough can freeze and seriously damage the inner workings of the pump. It is also important to keep in mind the depth at which your pipes are buried when it comes to frost line as frozen pipes can be just as much of a headache.

Goulds RGS2012

If your pump is continually giving you issues or needs constant repairs, the best solution is to visit or call PumpProducts.com. Luckily PumpProducts.com carries grinder pumps for a variety of applications from the most trusted brands in the industry. Give our experts a call and they can help you select a brand-spankin-new pump that will work in your system so your pump can get to grinding wastewater instead of grinding your gears (bad joke alert, I know, but I couldn’t help myself).

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

Oct 08

Happy Columbus Day from PumpProducts.com!

It can be fun to find new things, like finding a new place to eat or finding that model of Goulds well pump that’s perfect for your application. The last time I got excited about finding something was when I found an old pair of socks under my bed that had been lost for weeks. I can’t imagine how Christopher Columbus must have felt when he finally spotted land after sailing across the vast Atlantic in 1492.

Columbus Day commemorates the landing of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria in America all those years ago. Of course, Columbus originally thought he landed in Asia but after a quick check on Google Maps, discovered he was actually in the previously mostly unexplored by Europeans continent of America (we have to give some props to Leif Erikson). His voyages were sponsored by the Spanish crown and he originally made landfall in the Bahamas. Not much later he found Cuba and Hispaniola, which he thought to be China and Japan respectively.

Columbus Day fun fact: it’s a common misconception that most people back in 1492 thought the earth was flat. In reality, most Europeans knew the world was round, they were just not aware of the existence of the Pacific Ocean. It was thought that the Atlantic Ocean stretched in between Europe and Asia.

Columbus Day fun fact #2: it took Columbus three journeys back and forth until he realized he had “discovered” a new continent.

Brief history of Columbus Day in America

The first observance of Columbus Day occurred in 1792 as many cities across the nation celebrated the 300th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage. However Columbus Day did not become a federal holiday until 1937. Certainly not a day without it’s controversies, many Americans now celebrate the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day. Although now a federal holiday, Columbus Day is still inconsistently celebrated across the United States. Some states observe the holiday and even give kids the day off of school while other states, such as Hawaii and South Dakota, just ignore the holiday all together.

Regardless, Columbus Day or whatever it’s referred to as, should be a day where ethnicity and cultures are honored and celebrated. This holiday is the perfect opportunity to come together and share what makes our cultures unique. Even though Columbus Day has certainly become one of the more peculiar dates on the calendar, many Americans, no matter where they or their ancestors were born or have emigrated from, typically celebrate Columbus Day with parades or street fairs. Columbus Day has also grown to be a day where Italian heritage in particular is celebrated since Columbus himself was Italian.

This day is also the perfect opportunity to visit PumpProducts.com and take a look at our wide inventory of pumps, parts, and accessories. If Columbus had seen our pumps and prices, he may have tried to discover America a couple years earlier.

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.

 

Sep 12

Should I Turn My Pond Pump Off for the Winter?

Nothing quite beats sitting by a backyard pond, sipping a drink, surrounded by the sounds of cascading water from a miniature waterfall and fish slapping their tails against a gentle tide. All good things must come to an end however. As time rolls on, leaves start to carpet the ground and a chill begins to permeate the air. As someone from that show about zombies and dragons would say, winter is coming. It’s that time again; time to start thinking about maintenance to your pond pump.

Should I turn my pond pump off for the winter?

Whether you leave your pump powered on or off in the winter depends on two factors: climate and aquatic life. If you live in a climate that does not experience below freezing temperatures, you can safely leave the pump running throughout winter without any issues.

However if you live in colder climates, you may want to keep the pump off during the winter. When pond water freezes, it could freeze the pump as well and cause irrevocable damage, in which case you’ll need to purchase a replacement. The freezing point for water is 32 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have no aquatic life in your pond, it is safer to have the pump off when temperatures fall below freezing so you can avoid damage to the pump. You may even want to empty your pond of water as this can prevent damage from ice buildup. Ice expands over time and may damage your pond’s lining.

The primary job of a pond pump is to circulate the water of a pond. If you have aquatic life in your pond (such as fish, frogs, or turtles), the water needs to be warm enough for them. Water that is circulating takes longer to freeze than still water and pumps aid in keeping the water warm enough to sustain life. If you live in a cold climate, it’s also a good idea to have a pond heater. A pond heater can open a “breathing hole” in the ice, or a place for harmful toxins to escape.

Little Giant 566721

PumpProducts.com sells pond pumps from Little Giant at some of the lowest prices available on the web. Little Giant offers some of the most dependable models on the market. No matter which model of pond pump you own though, the best place to check on the specific maintenance and operating conditions of your pump is in the pump’s manual. Some pond pump models are better suited for colder climates than others. If you store your pump away for the winter, you may want to keep it submerged in a bucket of water (in a place that will not allow the water to freeze) in order to keep the seals lubricated.

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