Water pumps can be difficult to troubleshoot due to their water-protected design on some electronic parts such as the motor. However, the problem may not be in the motor itself even if it is affecting motor performance, and this is helpful for diagnosis and repair. A few inspection and troubleshooting techniques can help you find the actual problem and provide a fix.
Hose Leaks And Clogs Lead To A Stressed Motor
Water pumps can be connected to other systems or used for spraying with hoses. Hoses can be made out of a variety of materials, from rubber cloth to metal weaves or any combination.
Unfortunately, the hoses can be damaged if handled improperly. If you're working in construction, firefighting, or waste management, there may be a few people on the team that don't know how to store hoses properly.
When folded or bent improperly, the hoses can begin to crack and leak. The damage may cause the motor to work harder, but you'll certainly have less water output as a result.
If there is a small, noticeable crack in a hose, it's time to replace it. If you absolutely must use damaged hoses due to time constraints or emergencies, make sure to seal them properly.
To seal a hose, you'll need water-safe tape, such as duct tape, and some epoxy. Smear the damaged area with epoxy, then allow a few minutes for drying.
After a few minutes, wrap the affected area with tape. Wrap two or three times around the crack itself, then on the left and right of the crack. Cover the first set of wrappings with more tape to keep a wider seal.
Check The Water Pump's Filter
Filters can be damaged either from mishandling, normal wear and tear, or debris that may have come into the system at high pressure.
Damaged filters need to be replaced, but there are times where emergencies call for improvisation. Filters are very specific for their paired machines, but you can come close with the right amount of planning.
Take the damaged filter to a hardware store, department store, auto shop, or anywhere that might sell filters. You're looking for air condition or vehicle filters for comparison. As you prepare, call the filter manufacturer to have a proper replacement sent.
Look at the filters and try to find a mesh match that looks like your filter. You don't want the filter gaps to be too big, as debris may flow through. A small sized filter isn't a good idea either, as it can slow the water pump's flow.
When you find a match, cut out a patch of the new filter to fit your old filter's frame. Bind the new filter with thin wire or even staples, then make sure that the filter stays in place as water flows.
If you need targeted advice for a specific water pump model, contact a water pump supplier or repair specialist, such as Lavenders Contracting Ltd., with a lot of background knowledge about water pump installation and maintenance.