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Submersible Pumps for rainwater recycling

 
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Peyre Blanque



Joined: 07 Aug 2011
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Location: Winslow, Bucks UK & Near Carcassonne

PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:28 pm    Post subject: Submersible Pumps for rainwater recycling Reply with quote

Does anyone have experience of pressure activated submersible pumps?
We have one which sits at the bottom of the rainwater reservoir which has the infuriating habit of deciding not to work now and again on a seemingly random basis (this is the second one in two years - the first replaced as it showed the same problem).
This type of pump works on demand so only switches 'on' when the pressure in the outlet pipe drops - that is, when the computer tells the valve to open as its time to water the garden.
When all is well you can tell because the outlet pipe is pressurised and rigid, but when it decides not to play you can tell its not working because the pipe is flaccid.
In early June I found it not working, so heaved the pump up out of the reservoir and tried to figure out what was wrong. I failed, but left it out of the water for 3/4 days (just to teach it a lesson), When I dropped it back in the water again it worked beautifully....until two weeks ago. We switched to using mains water (ouch!). Yesterday it decided to work again.....
Anyone any ideas - or maybe know of a pump repair place in the Aude?

Ross
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teapot



Joined: 23 Oct 2013
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Location: Loire valley

PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing worse than a flaccid pipe I imagine, not that I would know Laughing
I would think there is a slight leak of the sensing chamber so losing the prime over time. Just supposition of course whilst sitting at the PC. Worryingly it's your second so could be a design fault.
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Peyre Blanque



Joined: 07 Aug 2011
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Location: Winslow, Bucks UK & Near Carcassonne

PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Teapot

Well by the look of the replies (or lack of them) there's not much of a pool (sorry 'bout the pun) of knowlege amongst LMHers on submersible pumps. I'll just have to try and find a pump repair place and see what they can do,
[quote="teapot"]Nothing worse than a flaccid pipe I imagine, not that I would know Laughing

You can get pills to help this sort of problem you know. I suppose you just chuck one in the underground tank and see if it solves the problem.

Ross
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