Whether it’s for commercial or residential use, water pumps play a significant role in many operations, from removing water from weep tiles in a basement to powering dry cleaning equipment. Despite their prevalence in many businesses and operations, there are several frequently asked questions about water pumps. Here, we’ll address and answer some common questions we’re often asked about water pumps as it pertains to the dry cleaning process. 

What Are Some of the Most Common Applications for Water Pumps in Homes and Businesses?

Water pumps serve a variety of purposes. For instance, they can help transport wastewater and sewage, act as a pressure sewer, serve as a plumbing utility pump, and help move water from properties. Whether it’s a sump pump in a basement or a commercial pump that functions as part of a water-using piece of equipment, pumps are applied in many ways.

How Do You Prime a Self-Priming Pump?

For a self-priming pump to operate correctly, it must be primed properly. This is typically done by filling up the priming chamber, which is usually either integral or external. If a self-priming pump is not primed or primed improperly, there won’t be enough suction pressure to lift and move the water. 

Once these water pumps are properly primed, self-priming pumps will be able to restart without problems.

Does More Pump Horsepower Translate to More Suction Lift?

Not typically. Horsepower doesn’t have much to do with the suction lift. In fact, the suction lift is determined more so by atmospheric pressure. The size of a pump’s motor and horsepower actually impact how much water a pump can move at once, not how much suction lift it can generate.

What Type of Maximum Head/Pressure and Flow Rate Do I Need for a Pump?

This depends on the type of pump you’re using and its unique purpose. Pumps will typically have a performance chart where users can assess the flow rate and pressure needed based on this specific pump, where it will be installed, and what its end purpose is.

What Impact Does Discharge Hose Size Have on Discharge Pressure?

Typically, the larger the discharge hose, the greater the discharge pressure. If your discharge hose is too small, you’ll likely experience resistance. The smaller the pipe, the more pressure you’ll lose upon discharge. Just a reminder that in this case, bigger is often better when it comes to the discharge pressure and the hose. At Rema Dri Vac, we’re the experts in all things dry cleaning. Whether your business specializes in delicate clothes cleaning or dry cleaning fabrics, we’re your source for the finest, high-quality air vacuums, tanks, pumps, and more. For more information about how our dry cleaning products can take your business to the next level, contact Rema Dri-Vac today.

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