What are peristaltic pumps best used for?

Is a Peristaltic Pump the Best Choice?

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Throughout the past few years, peristaltic pumps have begun to become a popular choice amongst irrigation experts. The peristaltic pump is a versatile positive displacement pump that can handle a wide variety of fluids. From chemical materials to sludge removal, the peristaltic pump is a fantastic solution.

How Does a Peristaltic Pump Work and What Are Its Best Uses?

The peristaltic pump forces fluids to travel by producing waves that travel along flexible tubes or hoses. The tubing portion of the pump features a single rotating piece that uses rollers to squeeze an additional piece of synthetic elastomeric tubing. As the rollers pass, the tube opens to create a vacuum, which draws in the pumped fluid. This continuous cycle creates a positive displacement flow that inevitably pushes the fluid through the pump.

Did you know that there are several benefits to using a peristaltic pump? Benefits include:

  • Low total life cycle cost (LCC).
  • Longer range technology.
  • Improved advances in tubing materials to enhance pumping capabilities

Due to its versatile nature, the peristaltic pump can be successfully used within a number of industries, including:

  • Water
  • Wastewater removal
  • Mining
  • Food and beverage
  • Chemical
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Printing
  • Packaging

When a peristaltic pump is used within the industrial liquid handling industries, it has been known to have several advantages over its pumping counterparts.

  • Ideal for use with abrasive liquids.
  • Gently pumps liquids, without allowing them to travel at the incorrect speed.
  • Vacuum support provides a constant volume capacity.
  • Resistant to dry running.
  • Cleaning is made easier with an unobstructed fluid flow.
  • The capacity of the pump can be regulated.
  • Easy operation, maintenance, and service keeps costs low.

With all of these benefits in mind, it is easy to see why the peristaltic pump is such a popular choice amongst a wide variety of industries. If you are thinking about a new pump solution, please contact the experts at W.P. Law, Inc. The W.P. Law team will answer any questions and provide helpful guidance.

Why aren’t my pop-up sprinkler heads working?

Tips to Figuring Out Why Pop-Up Sprinkler Heads Aren’t Working

Sprinkler System

During the hot summer months, nothing is worse than going to turn on your sprinkler, waiting to see the gush of cooling water, and slowly realizing that your woes have just begun because water isn’t coming out. From a broken line to a cracked sprinkler head, there are several reasons why your pop-up sprinkler heads are failing to work. To help you resolve your current predicament, we have gathered together a few helpful tips.

If your pop-up sprinkler head isn’t working, you might need to look at more than one component of your sprinkler system. The following tips will guide you as you play Sherlock Holmes to figure out a solution to your sprinkler issue.

  • Find any broken sprinkler heads. — A broken sprinkler head is one of the most common reasons that your pop-up sprinkler heads do not work properly, even when the water is turned on at a full blast. Broken sprinkler heads are easy to identify. Simply look for cracked casings, broken plastic pieces, or heads that refuse to pop-up out of the ground. Once you have found a broken sprinkler head, you should replace it with a new model.
  • Check to see if your sprinkler heads are super dirty. — When a sprinkler head is clogged with dirt or other debris, it will soon fail to rise completely out of the ground. To resolve this issue, simply clean the sprinkler heads. Be sure to clean both the head and the plastic screen basket.
  • Is your water pressure too low? — Low water pressure is not only a nuisance, but it can also cause the sprinkler heads to stay buried in the ground. To resolve this issue, check to make sure that the valves on your backflow device are fully open. A fully open valve will provide the highest water pressure.
  • Check for any leaks in the water line. — A leak in the water line can cause low water pressure and keep water from flowing to the sprinkler head. If water doesn’t reach the sprinkler head, then it won’t pop-up out of the ground.

If, after exhausting these top tips, you’re still having issues with your pop-up sprinkler heads, we invite you to contact our team of experts at W. P. Law, Inc. We would be happy to help you further troubleshoot the sprinkler issue or purchase a new sprinkler head to more easily meet your watering needs.

How do I keep my crops healthy in summer without running a huge water bill?

Top Tips to Healthy Summer Crops and Low Water Bills

Agricultural Irrigation

During the summer, it can take a lot of water to keep your crops healthy. To avoid excessive water use and to reduce your crop-watering bill, we have gathered together a few helpful tips. From using the correct type of soil to installing an automated irrigation system, we will help you keep your crops healthy and your water bills low.

Growing healthy crops without breaking the bank on your water bill starts with a few smart gardening tips.

Add organic matter to your soil.

The type of soil that you need to grow healthy crops will depend on your local growing conditions, as well as the type of plant that you are trying to grow. If the soil is too sandy, then water will pass through too quickly. If the soil has a large component of clay, then the water will penetrate the soil more slowly. However, if your soil has a healthy amount of compost added to it each growing season, then it will become rich with nutrients, which will promote the health of your crops.

Use the right watering tools.

Implementing a cost and water effective solution will depend on your type of crop. For example, many garden crops such as tomatoes, squash, and peppers grow well when water is provided via a drip irrigation system. Grape vines and shrubs also do well with drip irrigation. No matter the type of crop, make sure that you are delivering the water to the root zone. You can save money and water by gently soaking the roots, instead of spraying water over the leafy portions of the crops.

Whenever possible use “free” water.

While this tip can’t be applied to large growing areas, it is possible to use “free” water on household gardens and homegrown crops. But, what exactly is “free” water? We’re talking about rainwater of course! Using a rain barrel or cistern to collect rainwater from your downspouts can be a huge cost saver. Did you know that on average, a 1,000 square foot roof will yield approximately 625 gallons of water from one inch of rain? That’s a lot of “free” water that can be put to good use keeping your crops healthy and happy.

Next time you head out to your garden or check on your crops, keep these tips in mind so that you can reduce your water usage. To learn more about which water efficient watering system will work best for your summer crops, we invite you to contact a member of the W.P. Law team today!

Is my drainage system overloading my sump pump?

When you need to troubleshoot your irrigation pump, here are some options to consider in the process:

Sump Pump

Are you worried that your drainage system is causing your sewage or sump pump to be overworked? Have you begun to envision water seeping into your basement? Before you begin to panic, read the rest of this post. We have gathered together the top three causes for sump pump or sewage pump overload.

Top Three Signs Your Sump Pump Has Reached Capacity

Before your sump pump fails right when you need it most, here are three telltale signs.

1. Power Failure

A power outage is one of the most common signs that a sump pump has failed. To prevent this disastrous situation, make sure that you install a back-up generator to operate your sump pump in case of a power outage.

2. The Sump Pump is the Wrong Size

If a sump pump is the wrong size, then it will be easily overworked. When the pump is too large, it can turn on and off too frequently and short-cycle, which results in a shorter product lifespan. However, if your sump pump is too small for the tasks at hand, then you won’t be able to adequately remove the water. To find the perfect sized sump pump ask for help from a team of experts, like W.P. Law, Inc.

3. Lack of Maintenance

A sump pump that has been neglected is bound to break down when you need it most. Keep the following maintenance tips in mind, so that your sump pump can continue to function properly.

  • Test your sump pump on a regular basis. Make sure that it is properly discharging water.
  • Make sure that the operation of the float is not restricted.
  • Double check that the air hole in the discharge line is clean.
  • Replace the battery on your back-up sump pump every two years.
  • Listen for any unusual sounds when the motor is running.
  • Follow all listed manufacturer maintenance instructions.

Before, during, and after periods of heavy rainfall make sure that your drainage system is not over working your sump pump. By taking these precautionary measures, you can keep your sump pump properly functioning for years to come. To learn more about installing a sump pump, or to answer any additional drainage system questions, contact a member of W.P. Law today. The W.P. Law team of drainage experts is standing by to answer any of your questions.

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