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Operating and Maintaining a Diesel Water Pump

Water Pump Basics

Water pumps are a critical component to supplying needed services for people and businesses. Without them, it would be harder to:

  • -Provide clean water for personal use.

  • -Improve sanitation services.

  • -Remove water from flooded areas.

  • -Maintain public utility and safety programs.

  • -Complete construction projects.

  • -Transport goods and services.

  • -Irrigate crops.

There are a number of types of water pumps available for these uses, the most basic kind being treadle pumps which are manually powered. Ram pumps operate using the power of water combined with the force of gravity to help water flow. Most industrialized countries, however, use electric or diesel water pumps which are more efficient and consistent when moving water through a system.

Diesel Water Pumps

Using a diesel water pump will vary depending on the task at hand. Commercial ones come in a wide range of sizes and are found in vehicles, sewage plants, cooling generators, sump pumps, agricultural irrigation systems, firetruck pumpers, electrical generators and construction equipment. Smaller pumps in diesel engines act to cool down engine parts while in operation. Larger diesel pumps transport waste water into contained areas, pump water up from one level to the next, or drain water and other fluids out of one environment and move them to another.

Diesel water pumps use a diesel fuel engine to create centrifugal force that spins the water around and moves it through a hose or pipe connected to the pump. Pumps can be stationary but are often portable for convenience of use. Since inefficient pumps cost time and money, it is important to periodically check their work output by measuring how much fuel the pump is using compared to the volume of fluids it is moving within a certain time period.

Correct Operation and Maintenance of a Diesel Water Pump

Correct operation of any water pump is directly related to how it is maintained. Manufacturer's instructions are always the first place to check for directions about appropriate operation and maintenance for any specific pump. In general, however, there are some basic operation guidelines to follow:

  1. -Before starting the engine, make sure that all fuel, oil and water levels are checked and topped off if they are low. Also check any moving parts that need to be lubricated manually to ensure smooth operation.

  2. -Work in a well ventilated area as carbon monoxide fumes are a byproduct of diesel engines.

  3. -Check all belts and hoses to make sure they in good condition. If these fail the pump will not run.

  4. -Ensure the hoses are properly attached and vented to the appropriate location or container.

  5. -Watch the oil pressure and fuel level once the system is running. Stop immediately if they fluctuate greatly from normal to check for leaks. Running a diesel water pump under these conditions could ruin the pump.

  6. -Keep a log book of how much fuel and oil is used, how long the diesel water pump is in operation, and note any other unusual conditions that could affect performance. These notes are invaluable to analyze any future problems.

  7. -After operation, clean the diesel water pump of any dust or other contaminants that may build up and prevent it from properly working. This is especially true in dusty, windy environments. Air and oil filters should also be changed according to manufacturer's specifications.

A diesel water pump will last a long time when properly operated and maintained.

Author Bio: This post comes from Aew, who has been busy digging a ditch in her yard in order to plant and harvest her own vegetables this year. She hopes to purchase the right diesel water pump to ensure she can water the plants and nurture them.


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