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.