How is trash pump different from centrifugal pump?
A trash pump, as the name suggests, allows larger debris to flow through as compared to semi-trash and centrifugal pumps. It allows stones, small sticks and other debris ranging from 0.75 to 1.25 inches to pass through it successfully. This property makes the trash pumps ideal for handling thick, sandy and dirty water.
Applications of trash pumps:
- Trash pumps are really a good choice for situations wherein high volumes of water containing trash need to be moved.
- With this type of pumps you can rest assured that even the large debris will be handled. When you wish to remove excess water from a land or a reservoir after heavy floods, only a trash pump will be able to solve your purpose. Such applications strictly require the use of a trash pump.
- They have the ability to keep the water moving. In spite of the water containing tiny bits of rocks and other fairly large sized sediments, these pumps can still move the water.
Maintenance of trash pumps:
Trash pumps are robust pumps that are designed for long life. Minimal servicing is required in them. However to ensure a longer life of your trash pumps there are some basic steps you must take. If you follow these guidelines to protect your pumps they will remain in good working condition for as long as possible.
- Place the pump near the liquid so that the suction lift is minimized. When the pump has to move a liquid at a shorter and closer distance, it will deliver more volume. More friction is produced in longer pipes and less volume of liquid is delivered.
- Check the suction pipe for any leaks and make sure all the fittings are tight. A lot of times, pump failures occur due to a faulty connection or a lose suction hose.
- Use reinforced hose on the suction side and flexible hose on the discharge side to prevent collapse.
- When using wet-prime pumps, you must always remember to prime the pump before you start its engine because even the tiniest leakage in the pipe could cause problems in priming. Air will not be able to escape and the priming of the pump will cease when the discharge pipe is clogged.
- Use trash pumps only for those liquids they are designed to handle.
- To prevent clogging, you must use proper strainer. Also check the suction strainer on a regular basis.
- Remember to drain the pump before it gets too cold outside in winters.
- Continuous monitoring of the pumps is required. You must make sure that they are running at their specified RPM (revolutions per minute).
- One of the best ways to ensure a longer pump life is to invest in quality trash pumps.
- Choose a pump that has a good resale value down the line and is provided by a reputable manufacturer.
- Last but not the least check the lubrication system for the mechanical seal.
If you follow this routine for your industrial or commercial trash pumps, they will surely provide an uninterrupted operation for your business. You can also have a look at the wide assortment of high-quality trash pumps offered by Rotech Pumps.