Nothing says summer like a fun in the sun BBQ with your favorite friends and family members. Now is the perfect time to get your outdoor kitchen party-ready so you can plan those backyard festivities! Here are some tips to prepare you to get the party started!
Whether it’s for irrigation, industrial or home use, keeping your pumps working efficiently can save a lot of time and expense. There are several things you can do to find what might be causing your pump to lose its prime:
Steps To take If Your Pump Is Losing Its Prime
- Check for leaks- 90% of all pump problems occur on the suction (or Intake) side of the pump. Leaks on the pump’s intake line as well as around the shaft seal of the pump housing itself can cause your pump to lose its prime. Ensure that the pipe connections threaded into the housing are tight and that the intake line is not cracked or has any loose or poorly glued fittings.
- Valves-Most pumps are equipped with foot valves to keep water in the intake line and casing when the pump is not running. If your foot valve is leaking your pump may lose its prime between starts. Replacing a faulty valve may solve the problem.
- Obstruction-One possible reason your pump may be losing its prime is an obstruction or blockage in a line. Debris blocking the suction strainer or foot valve is the most common cause. A blockage in the intake line can cause the water in the pump casing to overheat and literally boil out of the casing causing the pump to lose prime.
Whether you are trying to fix your pump at home or you are an industry professional, you can count of the knowledge and expertise of the team at W.P Law, Inc. Our expertise in the field allows us to help troubleshoot your issues and guide you to the right parts and service you may need to keep your pumps in perfect working condition.
Every irrigation system needs some type of filter to keep sand and debris from clogging the system or causing serious damage. The type of filter that you use will depend on your specific system needs. An irrigation filter can require a bit of routine maintenance, but it is an inexpensive form of insurance that will keep your irrigation system running year after year. Here’s a beginner’s guide to some of the different types of irrigation filters.
Screen filters are usually the most cost effective filter and also the most common. They’re really good at keeping sand out of a system. However, if your water contains a lot of organic debris, you’ll want to go with an automated self-cleaning screen filter.
Spin Clean Filters
A spin clean filter is a unique type of irrigation filter that stays clean while it’s in operation. These filters move debris, especially sand, across a screen and into a basin where it can be collected and drained. As long as your water pressure remains consistent, the filter will clean itself, reducing the amount of maintenance needed for the system.
If you’ve ever seen a swimming pool filter, chances are it was a media filter. These filters use a type of media (usually sand) to stop debris. The water is forced through the media and when any debris hits the media, it stops because it can’t fit between the spaces. Sand comes in in different size ratings, so you will want to choose a sand that is appropriate for the type of debris you want filtered out.
A disc filter uses a container filled with a stack of round discs. When water is forced through the filter, the discs catch any organic debris or sand and trap them. Disc filters are highly effective, but they have to be flushed or manually cleaned.
If you’re not sure what type of irrigation filter you need for your situation, contact us at WP Law. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have about irrigation filters.