Pumps are used for a variety of purposes, irrigation, water supply, gasoline supply, air conditioning systems, refrigeration (usually called a compressor), chemical movement, sewage movement, flood control, marine services, etc. Because of the wide variety of applications, pumps have a variety of shapes and sizes: from very large to very small, from handling gas to handling liquid, from high pressure to low pressure, and from high volume to low volume.
Pumps are commonly rated by horsepower, flow rate, outlet pressure in feet (or meters) of head, inlet suction in suction feet (or meters) of head. The head can be simplified as the number of feet or meters the pump can raise or lower a column of water at atmospheric pressure.
Installing, maintaining and servicing pumps can mean the difference between a smooth running system and a mess. Some representative examples of pumps include:
Most residential water pumps are used for irrigation as part of a lawn sprinkler system, consisting of various plumbing parts, piping and control equipment. Piping is connected to the water source via plumbing fittings and the control system opens and closes valves to provide water on a schedule. The control provided varies depending on the equipment used; some systems are fully automated and even compensate for rain, runoff and evaporation, while others require much more user attention for the same effectiveness.
An electric water pump is the primary piece of equipment in re-circulating the water from the pool through a filtering system. Water is forced through a filter and then returned, treated, to the pool. Residential pool pumps are typical run for 4 hours per day in winter (when the pool is not in use) and up to 24 hours in summer.
Sump pumps are use to help prevent basement flooding. They provide protection especially in finished basements that contain recreation rooms, offices and bedrooms. The pump collects excess water and moves it away from your home's foundation as the water table rises and falls throughout the year. A variety of pumps and sizes are available including electrical, water powered and battery powered back up models for use in areas prone to power outages.
Call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing at (402) 715-9280 to have a licensed plumber repair or service your water pumps, pool pumps, and sump pumps.