Qualified Full Site Audits Ensure The Correct Pump Is Installed!

Installing the right pump to carry out the job required is critical. Unfortunately, a mistake in specification may only come to light when there’s an obvious performance failure from a sump pump, drainage pump or pressurisation unit. By then it’s too late! Either your basement is flooded or hot / cold water is not reaching your showerhead properly.

In some cases, one cellar pump may simply be inadequate and two pumps are required, but its almost always recommended to install a battery back-up. Most pumps designed for specific applications have different voltage ratings to handle the level of pumping task required.

Incredibly, it is not unknown for a poorly performing pumping station in a commercial premises to be caused by the installation of a lower priced pump normally installed in a domestic premises. It is therefore essential that a thorough site audit by a qualified pump engineer is completed to ensure a correctly specified pump is installed as well as putting in place a regular service maintenance schedule.

Submersible sump pump is different from a borehole pump

Beware of pumping tasks that may appear to be similar but require their own pumping solution / equipment. For example, a submersible sump pump is different from a borehole pump.

A borehole pump – usually made from stainless steel –  is submersible, but it is designed to pump potable water, i.e. water that is safe to drink out of boreholes, wells, reservoirs and tanks. Their function is different from a class of submersible pumps known as sumps pumps or secondly, sewage / drainage pumps.

Their task is to pump out waste water, whether a drainage pump for cellars and basements or a sewage pump for pumping wastewater to the main sewer system. A further type of submersible pump is known as a well pump, which is used for irrigation.

A pressure booster set is not the same as a pressurisation unit

Problems over water pressure also require their own dedicated equipment solutions. Here, it is important to distinguish between a pressure booster set and a pressurisation unit – and not be confused by the use of the common term, “pressure”.

A pressure booster set – is intended to boost the mains water pressure into a building. The equipment (for potable water) typically comprises a single, twin or three pump system, each with different voltage ratings. An automatic controller regulates the demand for water through a building’s taps or showers while a variable speed unit will also maintain a constant pressure.

A pressurisation unit – is an essential component of a commercial heating system, which constantly monitors the pressure in a sealed system, and will supply additional water when required. A full audit will determine whether a single or twin pump system and their differing voltage ratings are required to be specified.

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