Routine Drainage Pump Servicing: Your Questions Answered
Updated: Mar 29
It can be easy to overlook the necessity of pump maintenance and servicing when all is well, but you’ll soon kick yourself if something ever goes wrong with your drainage pumps. To ensure that your pump remains in good working order, it’s important to adhere to a preventative maintenance and pump servicing schedule.
Want to learn more about the importance of proper maintenance? Keep reading to discover the answers to some commonly asked pump maintenance and servicing questions.
What are the different types of pump maintenance?
Pump maintenance requirements are usually divided into two different categories: corrective maintenance and preventive maintenance.
Corrective maintenance involves repairing a defective pump or replacing a broken component in order to get it back in full working order. In contrast, preventative pump maintenance refers to regular, routine maintenance designed to help prevent problems from arising in the first place.
What does a routine drainage pump service involve?
Typically, a pump service will involve a series of checks that determine the pump’s performance and help to identify potential problems before they become disruptive, damaging, or even dangerous.
Some of the checks carried out during a pump service include:
If your drainage pump is making odd noises whilst in operation, it’s likely that there’s something wrong, which is why pump servicing professionals tend to check it. A properly functioning pump will produce a consistent hum-like sound, while a defective pump may begin to make clunking or grinding noises.
As with any drainage system component, leaks are one of the most common and obvious indicators of a problem. While we recommend you should keep an eye out for leaks yourself, a professional will be able to detect even the most inconspicuous of leaks, identify the source, and replace faulty components as required.
In many cases, a pump running hotter than usual is indicative of a bigger issue such as worn bearings, faulty motor, or being unable to keep up with demand. A pump service will help to identify when your pump is overheating and take appropriate action.
While it’s common knowledge that pipes and drains get clogged, many people don’t realise that the same applies to pumps. You may have noticed that your pump is not performing as well as it should all of a sudden but have no idea of the cause. Alternatively, the change might have been gradual and you may not even have noticed at all. A pump servicing professional, on the other hand, will know exactly what to look for and how to rectify the issue.
How often do drainage pumps need servicing?
On the whole, the frequency of your pump services should be determined by how much use your pump gets. There isn’t a specific requirement when it comes to your pump servicing schedule, but we recommend that you have your pump serviced at least once a year.
Not only does regular servicing and maintenance reduce the likelihood of disruptive downtime or bigger issues, but it is also far more cost-effective than having to replace the entire pump.
Whilst it is possible to carry out some routine checks yourself, hiring a professional is always the best option to ensure your pump is operating as it should. If you’re in need of pump repairs, maintenance or servicing, contact H2O Flowtech today. Our experienced team will be able to identify and fix potential problems before they become disruptive.