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What Factors Influence the Use of Electric Submersible Pumps?

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Water removal is a careful process for Cutler Bay homes, and submersible pumps can often be a fundamental tool in this recovery. 

Standing water can be a substantial concern in Cutler Bay homes and businesses because this condition can promote the migration of water loss effects throughout the property. It becomes challenging to track the progress of moving water and determine where the worst of these conditions exist beyond the surface. Extraction becomes a vital effort and restoring your damaged property. 

Multiple tools can be used to regulate water removal in Cutler Bay homes or businesses, but among the most popular of these are our electric submersible pumps. The choice and the pump used for any extraction purpose involves several factors and considerations. Choosing these submersible pumps is only feasible with favorable conditions after the evaluation of: 

  • Severity of the Damage 
  • The Presence of Solids 
  • Priming Concerns 
  • Available Power 

Is the Damage Severe Enough for Larger Pump Units? 

Job scoping and damage evaluation are critical efforts for understanding the severity of the situation when our professionals first arrive. It can be challenging to separate the current damage and degradation from pre-existing conditions, but even before this can be assessed, standing water must be removed. The accessibility of this pooling water can help determine whether electric submersible pumps are the best choice. A depth of more than two inches can be ideal for maintaining the appropriate prime on the pump itself, but the location of the damage and the ease of placing equipment in the area can also be factors.

What Else is In the Water? 

While flooding is often more notorious for solids and debris present in the standing water, this is not unlikely with water loss situations in your home. This condition must get discovered as soon as possible because removing water with debris and solids present can damage our submersible pumps that are not designed to move these particles. Electric submersible pumps are not capable of passing solids in most situations, and instead, our SERVPRO team looks to utilize trash pumps and truck-mount pumps with more substantial discharge and intake hoses. Some of the solids we might encounter with standing water after a loss incident include:

  • Remnants of construction materials
  • Debris
  • Contents

How Can You Maintain Extraction Power with Electric Pumps? 

All submersible pumps work with the premise of priming. This maintains a steady suction of water with enough power to move this liquid through the unit and out of a discharge hose. Most of our electrical units are self-priming, meaning that we do not have to take extra steps to begin the removal process when the device gets activated. Maintaining this prime involves a balance of several conditions simultaneously. Unexpected changes in these conditions can result and the failure of the pump and a stalling of water removal from your property. The three main points for continued removal of water once a primed pump begins operation are:

  • Appropriate Depth - Submersible pumps work best when the unit's entire base is submerged in the standing water. When the pool is under two inches in depth, the intake of air with water can cause a loss of prime.
  • Lack of Solids - Debris can be a concern with standing water, and electric submersible pumps are often incapable of handling solids. Attempting to pass more massive particles can stall out the 2HP motor.
  • Adequate Power Supply - As the name suggests, reliable power is necessary to operate electric submersible pumps. While our technicians can arrive with larger generators to supply this essential electric, any lapse in the current can threaten the progress of water removal.

What Power Does an Electric Pump Require? 

Often water loss incidents are not so extreme in homes that they require electrical service to the property to get severed. Available power for the multiple tools used in water removal and drying can be more convenient for our responding technicians. When no electricity is available in the house, we can arrive with trailered generators and portable generators capable of supplying the appropriate amperage to run multiple submersible pumps, air movers, dehumidifiers, and other traditional recovery tools.

Water removal can be a challenging effort after a loss, but with the fast response and industry-leading equipment of our SERVPRO of Cutler Bay team, we can make these incidents "Like it never even happened." Give us a call anytime that you need us at (305) 278-8484.

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