Four Common Water Pump Questions

June 11, 2019 Published by Leave your thoughts

Water pumps are an integral part of many daily tasks—they help keep your car running effectively, they draw water up from your well and they help make your dishwasher operate. Because water pumps are so stable and reliable, however, they’re unlikely to get the attention they need until something goes wrong.

If you’re experiencing trouble with a water pump at your home, you may have some questions regarding water pumps and the best way to repair or replace them. If you’re facing a damaged or broken pump, you should consult with a pump repair service in Hillsborough County, FL. They can help you answer any questions that you may have regarding the best way to care for your damaged water pump, or provide you with a range of suitable replacement options.

Here are just some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to water pumps.

What information is necessary to choose a pump?

If your water pump is beyond repair and you need to replace it, you may be wondering how to choose a replacement pump. You’ll need to identify the type of liquid you’re pumping (in this case, water), the gravity of the liquid, the proximity of the pump to the water source and the number of gallons per minute that you’ll need to pump. Using this information, combined with the available voltage at your home, you should be able to select a pump.

How do I start a self-priming pump?

Self-priming pumps are easy to use, especially for people who aren’t experts in the world of pumps. All that you have to do to get a self-priming pump started is submerge the casing in water. Then, flip the switch and watch the water flow. Even if you’re restarting a self-priming pump, or even if your pump has been in storage for a considerable period of time, the process to get it going should remain the same.

Can I use a 230-volt pump on 208 volts?

Always check the accepted voltage of your pump before plugging it in, and check the voltage of the outlet that you’re connecting it to. If the voltage of the pump doesn’t match the voltage of your outlet, it may still work… for a very short period of time. After a while, though, the pump will simply burn out.

How high can pumps lift water?

Contrary to popular belief, pumps don’t “lift” water. Instead, they create a vacuum in the line that the water then rushes upward to fill. Regardless of the horsepower of your pump, the maximum lift height of most self-priming pumps tops out at about 25 feet. This isn’t because of your pump—it’s simply a law of physics. However, the pump can jet water substantially further out the outflow.

Since 1956, Advanced Pump & Well Service has been a premier pump repair service in Hillsborough County, FL. We’re proud to provide each of our clients with high-quality pump maintenance and repair. Our specialties include jet pumps, submerged well pumps, pool pumps, sprinkler repair and more. To learn more about our wide range of pump services and options, contact one of our friendly representatives today.

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