How do I prime my pump?
Priming means filling the pump and suction pipe with water. You must evacuate the air from all the suction lines and the pump. It may take several minutes to prime depending on depth to water, pipe size and length. Note: it is easier to prime a pump if you allow all the air to escape from the pump and pipes. The water cannot go in unless the air can escape.
My pump will not hold prime, why?
Pumps do not hold prime, the piping system does that job. Jet pumps must be primed on the original start-up. They will re-prime after that as long as the foot-valve or check valve holds and there is no air leak on the suction side of the pump.
What is the recommended cycle time to extend pump life in a home water system?
The pump should have a minimum cycle time of at least one minute.
The pump is powered and running with no liquid being delivered. What could be the problem?
The pump is probably air-bound. Drill a 3/16″ hole 2″ above the pump in the discharge line to allow the air to escape.
What is the recommended size of piping on the discharge of a pump?
Discharge piping should be at least as large as the discharge of the pump.
What is the recommended pump down level for a sewage pump?
Goulds Pumps recommends that the motor must remain covered in water during pumping. We realize this may be difficult when using small basins for confined spaces. Our recommendation is for optimal pump life.