Premature Pump Failure From Sand: Symptoms & Solutions

Posted by on Monday, November 16, 2015

"I can't afford to keep replacing my pump. There's just got to be another way."
"I thought I was pumping gold ... but it was really my brass pump impellers."
"Pump wear is really costing me a lot of money in higher energy bills"

If a little sand is getting into a water system, most folks will start looking at filters. But when a pump starts to suffer from pumped sand, it gets expensive in a hurry. The pump, the plumbing & the equipment downstream all suffer.

No one likes replacing a pump. "It should have lasted longer", they all say. They start questioning the pump brand and the dealer who sold it. "Should I try another contractor?", they think to themselves.

Even the electricity bill starts looking a lot worse, because a worn pump works harder and longer to deliver the water demand.

But sand happens even in wells that started clean. Because of old well casings. Because of changing water tables. Because of all the new wells and pumps drawing from the same water table. Because the technology allows a bigger pump to fit into a smaller well and deliver more water at higher velocity ... and that velocity can bring even more sand.

How do you know if a Pump Protection Separator can help?

Diagnose the problem: Put a sample of the troublesome sand into a jar of water and shake it up. Whatever settles in 2-3 minutes or less is what's causing that pump to fail.

Get the facts: Know the pump's actual flow rate, the minimum well ID and the submergence of the pump (depth of the pump below water during operation). These facts will help us size the correct solution.

There is a solution: LAKOS is the only source for pump protection sand separators. Over 50 years of experience. Models for all submersible and turbine pumps. Call us.

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