3 Signs You’re Ready To Upgrade Your Well Pump

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Whether you use your well for intensive irrigation, industrial piping, or simple residential fountains, a consistent and affordable water supply is essential. If your well relies on outdated pumping technology, however, none of these devices will work to their full potential. To know whether it’s time to upgrade your pump, look out for:

1. Electrical Excess

Obsolete pumps use more energy to move the same amount of water as modern ones. If you notice an unusually high electric bill, your well may be to blame. Replacing the pump with modern model will improve efficiency, paying for itself through lower electrical bills.

2. Sisyphean Service

In addition to wasting energy, obsolete pumps break more often and require more extensive service to fix. If you are constantly spending money and time on your well, consider cutting your loses and replacing it. Newer models can work for up to twenty years before needing repairs, thus reducing your long-term maintenance costs.

3. Pressure Problems

Traditional pumps struggle to deliver water at the same pressure throughout the system, especially if you use multiple water sources at once. Modern pumps, however, can do this without skipping a beat. If you find that pressure varies during the day or with more intensive water use, you could use a pump upgrade.
W. P. Law provides the latest pump technologies, as well as in-depth inspections, repairs, and other fluid services, to customers throughout South Carolina. For more information on improving the efficiency and longevity of your water system, visit our website today.

Tips on Maintaining Your Garden’s Pond This Summer

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Ponds provide a beautiful centerpiece for any garden, but only if you maintain them properly. Summer weather complicates maintenance, but through the following tips, you can keep your pond beautiful no matter the season:

Astute Aeration

If your pond contains fish, it is essential to increase the aeration. Hot weather lowers the water’s oxygen content while simultaneously making the fish consume more oxygen. To save your fish, it is necessary to step up the aeration

Comprehensive Cleaning

Clean your filter as necessary throughout the summer. The typical filter needs to be cleaned on a weekly basis, but the specifics vary by device, so follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If you use a biological filter, don’t clean it more intensively than instructed, as this will kill salutary bacteria.

Replenishing with Rainwater

The summer heat can evaporate pond water, so replenish it as needed. Because tap water contains fluoride and other nutrients that cause algae growth, however, it is not ideal for your pond. Instead, collect and use rainwater.

Dealing with Debris

Leaves, twigs, and other debris that accumulate in your pond can trap fish and animals while disrupting the water’s beauty. Remove them with a net, but leave some around the edges so that larger creatures can enter and leave the pond. When you remove debris, wash it in a bucket first, and if any creatures come out, return those to the pond.

For more information on pond care and other water maintenance topics, contact W. P. Law today.

Spring Maintenance: Is it Time to Upgrade Your Irrigation System?

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Irrigation is essential for crop or garden growth, but if performed incorrectly, it does more harm than good. Thus make sure to avoid common irrigation blunders, such as:

One of the most common drip irrigation mistakes is to use one emitter per plant. Though not necessarily a problem for small plants, this can be fatal to large ones. Not only do multiple emitters provide more water, but they ensure that if one emitter gets clogged, the others will still work.

Incomplete Coverage

Home and business owners looking to save money on rotor or spray irrigation may try to space the nozzles as far apart as possible, but this will create dry gaps. Instead, space the sprinkler heads at 50% of their diameter of throw. This spacing gives you head to head coverage insuring that you eliminate those dry spots.

Pressure Problems

Make sure that the water pressure is high enough for your system to work effectively. Although most irrigation systems can work with pressure as low as 20 PSI, the sprinkler heads will be operating at their minimum acceptable performance. Keep the pressure above the minimum level so that the system can work under all conditions.

Timing Troubles

Running your irrigation system during the day causes the water to evaporate before it soaks in, while nighttime irrigation encourages the growth of mold. Instead, run it during early dawn.
Contact W. P. Law today to learn more about irrigation and other water maintenance topics in South Carolina.

What’s the Difference between PVC and CPVC Pipe?  

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Finding the perfect kind of pipe is important in ensuring a long-term plumbing and chemical management solution that will allow you to rest assured your pipes are built to last. There are two very popular kinds of pipe that are used for many projects: PVC and CPVC pipe. Understanding the difference between these pipes is vital, find out now!


PVC pipe is a widely recognized modern alternative to metal piping. It’s known as a low-cost solution with the strength, versatility, durability, and easy installation process to back its popularity. PVC is made of polyvinyl chloride, a widely used thermoplastic material that can be molded into different shapes.

CPVC is best described as a ‘cousin’ to PVC pipe. They share many common traits, such as basic material composition, but they shouldn’t be used interchangeably. CPVC is able to withstand a much wider range of temperatures than PVC pipe. This attribute means that many building codes require the use of CPVC instead of PVC.

Different Composition

PVC pipe is made of polyvinyl chloride which is unsafe when handling any temperatures above 140 degrees Fahrenheit. PVC is able to resist certain chemicals better than its cousin, which can affect your decision to install one versus the other. PVC is commonly used for unheated water such as for vent and drainage systems, cold water systems, and recreational use.

CPVC is altered by a free radical chlorination reaction that increases the chlorine content of the pipe. CPVC is able to safely handle higher temperatures than PVC, up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. CPVC is more suited for higher temperature water, and certain kinds of chemicals.

Cost Effective Solutions

PVC pipe is the cheaper, more common choice for many builders and companies. The material it is composed of and the wide range of uses it offers can sway many buyers towards the cost-efficient choice.

CPVC is more expensive than PVC pipe but can be used in more builds. It can handle higher temperatures and more chemicals. Compared to other kinds of pipe, CPVC is still a viable and smart choice for a pipe system.

For more information on commercial and residential types of piping in South Carolina, contact W. P. Law today!

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