Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • Proper Care and Maintenance of Pumptec Pumps

    ‘With proper care and maintenance, your pump should provide years of service....’ is a common statement in Owner’s Manuals, but the specific practices are seldom described.

    For Pumptec pumps, there are a few simple practices to follow to keep the pumps in proper working order.

    1) Pumptec pumps are intended to pump ambient temperature clear water and water-based solutions in the 7 pH range (Standard chemicals).  Solutions that do not fit this description may be able to be pumped, with additional care and consideration (Non-standard chemicals). Under no circumstances is it recommended to pump volatile chemicals like gasoline, acetone, etc... These high VOC chemicals are prohibited.

    2) After use with a non-standard chemical, the pump should be flushed with clear water and left with only clear water inside until the next use. Chemicals left inside the pump can corrode and damage internal parts and surfaces resulting in rapid wear.

    3) Hot liquids, greater than 120 F, can cause damage in the pump and erosion failure. Hot water is unstable and can flash to gas during the pumping process causing cavitation which will erode and pit the pump body parts. If hot water must be used, it needs to be pressurized either by placing the tank above the pump (up to 130F) or by the use of a booster pump (beyond 130F).

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  • Plunger Pump vs Diaphragm Pump

    Pumptec’s 12V-powered plunger pump technology provides many advantages over gas engine-powered diaphragm pumps.

    12V powered equipment offers the benefits of quiet operation, extended operation and ‘green’ technology.

    12V motors are much quieter than gas engines and draw less attention to work being done. For example, if you are in the pest control business, but your client does not want to call attention to the services you are providing to their residence, a 12V pump system will quietly do the job. Quiet operation also benefits lawn care professionals by increasing the hours of service available to them. In many areas, there are noise restrictions that limit the hours a gas engine can be operated. A 12V system would not be controlled by this rule.

    12V systems use batteries with extended run times beyond the gas tank capacity of some engines. The operator does not have to stop during a job to fill the gas tank or adjust the throttle. With a 12V system, operators can ‘refill’ their batteries driving between jobs if their system is wired that way.

    There is more negative attention than ever towards gas engine-powered equipment. Gas prices, oil dependency and pollution are issues that will continue and may get worse. There exists a positive image of 12V technology as a future, environmentally-responsible power source. Users of 12V equipment may receive more business as a result of these trends in the market.

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