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4 Best Ever Pump Maintenance Tips

Pump Servicing, pump maintenance, pump repairs, fire pumps, hydrant pumps, what’s in a name?

Pumps, no matter which sector or application they’re used in, must be maintained to keep them from breakdowns. 

Most pumps, if maintained, can last a very long time. However, because they’re subject to such varied or harsh conditions, it’s not uncommon to see pump damage occur. Repair is sometimes necessary and you can expect it to be done several times over the course of several years. The good news is you can protect your investment through regular pump maintenance.
Depending on the application, say fire protection in the form of  fire pumps, fire booster pumps, hydrant pumps and fire sprinkler pumping systems, for instance, there are standards (AS1851) and (AS 2941) that must be complied with in order to provide the necessary protection needed. 

Pump maintenance entails a number of procedures, most of them simple yet  important, that must be performed before and after use. Depending on how often and how much they’re used, full service maintenance will need to be undertaken.

Pump Inspection, repair and replacement should only be carried out by licenced servicing company. But there are some simple checks you can do to save disruptive down time and thousands of dollars in pump replacement or repairs.

  • Check pump for noisy bearings and cavitation.
  • Check for unusual vibration.
  • If applicable, check bearing oil for water and discoloration.
  • Feel all bearings for temperature.
  • Inspect bearings and oil rings through filling ports, if 
  • Check oil leaks at the gaskets and flanges

Since some pumps are used in environments where poor performance could pose a risk, it’s absolutely necessary that any pump work is performed by experts.

Calibration: Periodic calibration to ensure that flow rate is according to specifications is one of the to-do’s in maintenance. Failure to do so can result in pump performance being adversely affected and may even lead to accidents. Keeping track of any changes in the pumping system’s performance also aids in making sure pumps work properly.

Checking pump drive system: Pumps driven by motors, either diesel or electrical power, are prone to changing with the temperature. So, cold days will see pump function drop because the depending on the fluid being pumped and if diesel driven the viscosity of the fuel. The same applies to high temperature. Required adjustments, therefore, must be made prior to powering up the system and observing the pump monitoring system and checking the connections and pipework for cracks, leaks and breaks should also be carried out.

Checking the fittings: Daily inspection or prior to use of parts which include mounting feet, nuts, bolts, gaskets, flanges and similar hardware throughout out the system for damage or malfunction. Battery cables, wiring, fans and belts should be inspected too. 

Checking the suction and discharge hoses or pipes: Since all fluids to be removed is done through hoses and/or pipework, doing regular checks on them prior to use and while in use is necessary. Some hoses and pipelines will need to comply to various standards and guidelines relating to their use and testing, but generally should be inspected to suit the conditions of use. Clamps and  fastener points should also be checked.

There are many, many types of pumps. It’s a long list. Each industry has need for specific models and together, they cover a vast range. Maintenance requirements are therefore, different, so what’s meant for a gear pump, for example, may not be suitable for a syringe pump.

Since the maintenance requirements for various types of pumps vary, leaving the work to maintenance experts can mean cost-effectiveness and less room for error.

At Complete Fire and Pumps we have a team of dedicated experts with full servicing capabilities on-site, or off, with our fully equiped service vehicles and state of the art pump service centre. To ensure your pumping system remains online and performing at optimum capacity, contact us today! 



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