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How can I select a pumping station for my home?

How can I select a pumping station for my home?

A domestic pumping station supplies water from a well or borehole to your home. Consider whether you will need a pump with a hydraulic tank or an automatic pumping station. Where will you be installing it, and what are all the different parts of the system?

What is the difference between a pump with a hydraulic tank and an automatic pumping station?

​Pumping stations with hydraulic tank

Automatic pumping stations

Such a system consists of a surface pump - which supplies water, and a hydro accumulator - where the water is then stored. The accumulator could have varying capacities, usually 8, 24, and 50 litres. The pump supplies the water into the accumulating tank. Subsequently, if you open the tap, the liquid will be pumped from the tank, not directly from the well. As a result, the pressure in the tank drops as water leaves the container. The pump automatically switches on at a certain pressure and pumps the liquid back into the tank. This system's advantage is that fluid is under pressure in the tank. For example, with a 24-litre receiver, you could supply ~8 letters of water in the event of an electricity outage.

These units are based on conventional surface pumps - switched on and off depending on water demand (opening/closing of the tap). The automatic systems can be either electronic or mechanical. Electronic systems have an advantage in being protected against running dry. In either approach, the user must install filters to prevent contaminants and large fractions contained in the well water from entering the equipment.

What materials are used to manufacture the pumps?

Manufacturers use plastic to manufacture many pumping equipment parts, reducing costs. However, plastic is inferior to metals and alloys in strength and durability. For this reason, Foras produces their pumps with stainless steel or cast iron, making them more durable and reducing noise during operation. However, they are a bit more expensive. Only Foras tests 100% of their pumps twice: both hydraulic and electric parts. Not every European manufacturer performs such heavy testing, let alone low-cost alternatives from the far east.

How to install the pumping station?

Users can install Foras pumping stations in the basement or a caisson - a specially designed cemented hole in the ground for your well. The first option is considered more convenient. The user must install the pumping station in such a way as to avoid possible rising groundwater; for example, using a special shelf or a stand. Please avoid contact with the walls of the building as it can cause vibration loading when you switch on the equipment. Install pumping units only in heated cellars. If installed in a caisson, the caisson must be insulated.

How can I connect the power unit to the well or borehole?

  1. Assemble the ejector (unit with outlets for connections).

  2. Install the filter. Usually, a strainer is used in domestic pumping stations, which is mounted at the bottom of the ejector.

  3. Assemble the nozzle with the required diameter. It usually consists of 2 parts fitted with connection adapters. A coupling (preferably bronze) at its outlet is rigged, which connects the transition to PVC pipes. Sealing paste ensures the tightness of the threaded joints.

  4. Do the trenching.

  5. Lay the pipes in trenches. These pipes are preliminarily adjusted in length, always leaving a reserve. The casing is fitted with casing nipples or elbows with continuously angled joints.

  6. Connect the pipes to the ejector. The installation is done using couplings.

  7. Assemble all pipes in the system.

  8. Finishing works. Sealing of joints, backfilling of trenches etc., is performed.

Regardless of the installation model, the steps follow a similar algorithm.

If you require additional equipment, you can always purchase it from us. The accessories ensure the perfect and long-lasting function of the power unit.

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