Industrial Submersible Pumps
Answers to your most pressing industrial submersible pump questions
- What are Submersible Pumps?
- Who Uses Them?
- What Size Do I Need?
- What Maintenance Is Required?
- What Are the Signs You Need to Repair or Replace Your Pump?
What Are Submersible Pumps?
The submersible pump gets its name from its functional design, which is to be completely submerged in the fluid or liquid it will be moving. They have sealed motors and pump bodies and offer the advantage of never needing to be primed. They push fluid and operate more efficiently than jet pumps, which pull fluids.
Who Uses Them?
Submersible pumps have many uses, including:
- Agricultural Irrigation
- Pumping Sewage/Wastewater
- Industrial Piping
- Oil Industry
- Well Drilling
- Pond Filtration
- Slurry Pumping
Like any other mechanical application, when selecting your equipment, the choice you make must be adequate to handle the needs or requirements of your specific system. Applications range from small business use to large industrial applications. The typical horsepower range for submersible pumps is from ¼ horsepower up to 250 horsepower. The typical flow rate range is from five gallons a minute to 7,500 gallons a minute. When selecting your pump, consider these questions:
- How much fluid do you need to move?
- What’s the elevation change from pump installation to destination?
- What flow rate does your installation require?
- How much lift do you need?
- What’s your system total dynamic head (TDH)?
Talk to our experts to find just the right pump for your needs.
Like any other type of equipment, pumps need routine maintenance to extend usable life and prevent costly downtime during production. Submersible pumps typically have an extended life expectancy of 20 to 30 years. However, they can be extremely difficult to access for repair or replacement since they may be several hundred feet underground, sealed within piping systems or other applications, or permanently submerged in water or fluid of some type. Although they may be difficult, routine inspections should be set up according to the guidelines and specifications of your specific pump or system. Maintenance records and schedules should always be recorded, updated and stored in a secure location. Most manufacturers will offer maintenance programs to help keep their products in peak working order.
What Are the Signs You Need to Repair or Replace Your Pump?
When it’s operating at less than optimal efficiency, a submersible pump will provide some signs that it might be time to repair or replace it:
- Poor water pressure
- Flow rate decreases
- Constant operation
- Inability to start when needed
- Decreased efficiency resulting in higher energy costs
- Change in fluid consistency, temperature, color, etc.
- Noisy operation or operation that doesn’t sound normal or like it once did
Ask our experts for help diagnosing, troubleshooting and repairing pumps.