Submersible Pumps – Benefits and Common Usage Scenarios
Submersible pumps are one of our most popular products, and for good reason. Not only do they offer exceptional value, they also conserve space and offer reliable performance for a variety of applications. In this post, we’ll be filling you in on everything you need to know about submersible pumps.
What is a submersible pump?
A submersible pump is a pump that is designed to be submerged within the fluid being pumped. You may also hear these pumps referred to as “electric submersible pumps or “ESP’s”.
ESP’s have two main benefits: efficiency and reliability. Whilst jet pumps are prone to cavitation, this issue does not occur with ESP’s because they are submerged within the fluid and thus not subject to variations in elevation. They also use significantly less power than self-priming pumps, as the fluid is pushed to the surface rather than pulled.
Because the motor is completely sealed within the pump casing, submersible pumps are less prone to mechanical failure. All electrical components are protected against the ingress of water, giving you long service life and reliability.
Applications for Submersible Pumps
At Truflo Pumps we service all industries, and our pumps can be used in a variety of residential and commercial scenarios. Submersible pumps are particularly useful for removing water within an enclosed space after a flood, but they are also used for:
• Pumping sewerage from septic tanks
• Pumping Oil from below ground into treatment/holding tanks
• On construction sites to pump slurries and remove water in the event of a flood
• Mine dewatering
• Bore water retrieval
There’s a pump to suit every application, whether you need to pump high or low viscosity fluids. Some pumps are better suited to handling solids, whilst others should only be used with liquids. Some usage scenarios will only require single stage pumps, for example for use in residential properties and light industrial applications. If you will be working on a large site or underground (e.g. oil/water wells), you will require a multi-stage pump.
You should also pay attention to the flow rate and consider whether you need a low head or high head pump, if you need any advice we’ll be more than happy to help.
Maintaining Submersible Pumps
Because they operate out of sight, it can be easy to forget about maintenance. It is important to carry out checks on a regular basis in order to maximize efficiency and long-term performance. The following simple checks are recommended:
• Inspect the pump output on a weekly basis
• Check for water leaks
• Ensure all electrical cables, valves and seals are in good order. Corroded seal can eventually lead to motor failure, so it’s a good idea to check this frequently.
• Ensure that your pump always remains fully submerged, otherwise you may experience overheating.
Signs of impending failure or an issue in need of attention include lowered pump output, irregular water flow, abnormal or excessive noise, overheating motor, discoloured water, frequent clogging or excessive energy drain. If you notice any of these, it’s important that your pump is seen to by a qualified professional as soon as possible so that the issue can be fixed.
Submersible Pump Experts – Contact Truflo Today
If you’re in need of a pumping solution and not quite sure where to begin, our team is standing by ready to assist. We stock a large range of submersible pumps from EIM, a leading manufacturer committed to providing the best technology at an affordable price. With space saving designs, easy install, silent operation and no pump station house required there is no better choice when it comes to submersible pumps.
We service all industries including mining, construction, civil, industrial and agriculture. Contact us today – we look forward to assisting you.