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How to Maximize Your Pump's Efficiency

WP Law - Monday, February 06, 2017
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Whether you rely on a sump pump to keep your basement free of water, or a well pump to ensure your home's water supply is always on tap, you're likely interested in keeping your pump running smoothly for as long as possible. Pumps, like any other mechanical device that operates on a steady basis, do wear out and fail.  However, there are a few preventative measures and some warning signs that will let you know if trouble is on the horizon.

Monitor Pump Performance

Pay attention to the performance of your plumbing fixture performance in your home.  If the water pressure in your shower doesn’t seem as strong as it once was, or it seems to take longer for the bathtub to fill.  All of these issues could be symptomatic of reduced pump performance.  Of course there could be other reasons for these problems including a small leak, but taking time to check your pump is also a good idea

Keep Up With Maintenance

The best diagnostic tools you have are your eyes and your ears.  Listen to your pump operate.  If you hear mechanical noises that you have not heard previously, this could be an indicator of possible pump trouble.  Loud noise could be indicative of bearings failing, or even cavitation.  Also look for leaks around pump shafts and casings.  These leaks could be a sign of seal failure which if left unattended could cause motor and bearing failure.

For more ways to improve your pump's efficiency or troubleshoot some minor repairs, contact WP Law to speak to one of our experts today. We'll help you learn more about your pump's operation and track down any issues that could be impacting its function.

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