Water Pumps & Treatment News

Water Treatment: Brine Recovery System

A huge advancement in ion-exchange technology with our new water softener Brine Recovery System (BRS), which is extremely simple and reliable. Now available on EDS Pumps & Water Treatment’s advanced Tahoe family of electronic softeners, BRS will annually save users thousands of liters of water and hundreds of pounds of salt. Up to 21% in reduced salt usage that will not go down the drain and into the environment. That adds up to big savings in water bills and salt deliveries for the homeowner. It will also make life a lot easier for our aquatic friends downstream and that is good for everyone.

Tahoe BRS softeners are available in a range of sizes, to suit applications from small residences right up to light commercial jobs.

Tips for Maintaining Your Well: Pressure Switches

A pressure switch is an electrical device that signals your pump when to start and stop. It does this by connecting or disconnecting a set of electrical contacts relative to the pressure in your water system.

The switch is connected to the water system through a 1/4″ brass pipe. The pipe transfers the water pressure to the base of the switch, where it pushes against a rubber diaphragm. The rubber diaphragm in turn pushes on a metal plate, which actuates a system of springs and levers, which push the electrical contacts together to turn on the pump or pulls the contact apart to shut the pump off.

To avoid an emergency call when you have a house full of people, have your service technician replace the switch as part of your maintenance plan. Pressure switches should be replaced every three to five years because the contacts burn and pit through daily use. They are usually under $40 and take about 20 minutes to replace.

Ask an Expert: Sump Pumps

We have reached the rainy part of the year and if you have ground water or run off water filling your crawlspace or basement after a heavy rainfall, you may need the use of a sump pump.

Sump pumps are small, portable pump units that can save your finished basement from water damage. These units can be plugged into a standard electrical outlet to help control the influx of water in your home. They come in many sizes and configurations, so speak to one of our trained technicians to determine which unit best meets your needs. One of the biggest issues is constructing too small of a sump for the pump to operate reliably.

The most common type of sump pump is the submersible unit. This type of pump works best when they are fully submersed in water, during their operation. This keeps the pump running cool while it is operating. It also means that the sump must be constructed deep enough to keep the pump under water during the entire operation.

Sump pumps are rated for “Periodic Duty,” which means the motor is designed to operate for short periods of time, but not too short or the motor has to start too frequently and will eventually burn out. A rule of thumb is to have a large enough sump so that the pump will operate for at least one minute. This means if the pump can pump 20 gallons per minute, the sump needs to have a capacity of at least 20 gallons.

At EDS Pumps, we carry a good inventory of pumps, plastic sumps, and valves in stock. Ask our staff to recommend a proper sump and pump system for you before the heavy rainfall starts again.

For more information, please call EDS Pumps & Water Treatment and speak to one of our water treatment specialists at 604-534-1115.