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Home > HOW TO PREVENT SUMP PUMP PROBLEMS?21 August, 2018

HOW TO PREVENT SUMP PUMP PROBLEMS?

Owners of private houses have to worry about many problems that would never bother the tenants of apartments or rented houses. One of such problems is the slump pump.

It is astonishing how in Wheeling and Buffalo Grove, Il sump pump repair service is growing more and more popular due to the growth in the number of private buildings in the area.

But what is a sump pump, and is it a must in every home? The answer would be obvious. After living one day... although, no, a few hours without a pump, you will feel its importance. In the literal meaning of the word "feel". It can be either an unpleasant odour or flooded rooms, or even worse.

The main goal of the sump pump is to pump out any liquid and ensure the stable operation of the house's sewer system.

The main problems

Let's consider the main problems that occur most often in the work of the sump pump:

  • Dry rotation of the pump
  • Polluted or unsuitable coolant
  • Defective or incorrectly fitted belt drive components

How can services help you solve these problems?

An individual approach is needed to solve each problem. This is because the solution to the problem is not always on the surface. However, sometimes there are cases when services cannot repair the pump, and the only point you can arrange is to replace it with a brand new one, but we'll get back to that later.

What can I do to prevent impending problems?

Dry rotation of water pump

The coolant plays an essential role in cooling the engine and maintaining the seal inside the water pump. When the water pump is running, liquid can seep through a small gap between the two inner rings of the pump, which rotate relative to each other. Coolant needs a liquid barrier between the rings to avoid leakage. Dry rotation can cause irreversible ring damage and, as a result of premature wear, noise and coolant leakage. To prevent this: First, you need to refill the cooling circuit with coolant and then turn the pump drive pulley about ten times without the pulley drive belt. This will allow a tiny amount of coolant to enter the pump's mechanical seal before starting the engine. If this is not possible (for example, the radiator hoses are disconnected) or if you want to check before installation whether the shaft of the new pump rotates, then before turning the pulley about ten times, you can pour some new coolant onto the pump, holding the pump with the impeller side up. Alternatively, you can stream new coolant into a suitable container and submerge the water pump.

Polluted or unsuitable coolant

Contaminated coolant, incompatible coolant, or mixtures of fluids with different chemicals can cause premature failure of the water pump. Harmful contamination is often found in systems that are not adequately maintained. Contaminants scratch the pump's internal seals or impair their wear resistance, thereby creating a path for coolant to seep through. In addition, an unsuitable coolant will not provide the required level of protection against rust and corrosion, which leads to the destruction of individual pump components. To prevent this: Before installing a new water pump, completely drain the liquid and flush the cooling circuit. Then, completely replace the old coolant with the vehicle manufacturer's recommended coolant. The cooling system includes components made from various materials. The necessity to protect these components from rust and corrosion is one of the main reasons behind the increase in the number of coolants approved by car manufacturers.

Defective or incorrectly fitted belt drive components

It is important to remember that the sump pump is associated with a belt drive system. A worn or improperly installed belt can cause the pump to stall. To prevent this: By changing the belt drive and the water pump simultaneously using the universal kit, the life of the belt drive and the pump will be optimal, and these actions will minimize the risk of premature failure. Strictly follow the manufacturer's installation instructions.

Polluted or unsuitable coolant

Contaminated coolant, incompatible coolant, or mixtures of fluids with different chemicals can cause premature failure of the water pump. Harmful contamination is often found in systems that are not adequately maintained. Contaminants scratch the pump's internal seals or impair their wear resistance, thereby creating a path for coolant to seep through. In addition, an unsuitable coolant will not provide the required level of protection against rust and corrosion, which leads to the destruction of individual pump components. To prevent this: Before installing a new water pump, completely drain the liquid and flush the cooling circuit. Then, completely replace the old coolant with the vehicle manufacturer's recommended coolant. The cooling system includes components made from various materials. The necessity to protect these components from rust and corrosion is one of the main reasons behind the increase in the number of coolants approved by car manufacturers.

Incorrect use of sealant and seals

In such cases, the water pump is more likely to be improperly installed, or worse, to damage some of its sensitive components, such as seals. This, in turn, can lead to a coolant leak. To prevent this: Old seals should be replaced with new ones. Use sealant only when recommended by the manufacturer. If the pump is equipped with a seal, your plumber or you must not use seal paste as adding it may cause problems. You or the plumber must also apply the sealant correctly. Apply an even thin coat of adhesive around the edge and the cooling passages (mounting holes) on the impeller side of the pump. Too much sealant will prevent the pump from being installed correctly. The pump may move as soon as you start tightening the bolts. In addition, excess adhesive often ends up in the refrigeration circuit, where it can cause severe damage. Different sealants have different cure times, so be sure to read the sealant instructions for use.

When it makes no sense to repair a sump pump?

Only some of the significant problems are described in this article. The causes of failure can be completely different. If you can not figure out the cause yourself and eliminate it, you do not need immediate action. Instead, a technician or serviceman can help repair the pump. As a last resort, they will advise you to replace it or replace the pump yourself.

Summary

One of the most typical causes of pump failures is a dry rotation of the pump, polluted or unsuitable coolant, defective or incorrectly fitted belt drive components and incorrect use of sealant and seals.

These difficulties can be prevented by following the precautions described above. Otherwise, you can almost always solve the problem. If this is not possible, services can replace the pump.

Don't forget to always ask for advice from someone who understands this field professionally: https://www.excellentplumbingus.com/.



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