Pentair Recommends Ways To Avoid Getting Burnt By Drought

August 14, 2012
DELAVAN, WIS. — August 14, 2012 — As a public service to help avoid unnecessary water pump replacement, Pentair (NYSE: PNR) announced today a series of homeowner tips to safeguard residential water and wastewater pumps.
Pentair manufactures hundreds of thousands of pumps per year, many of which are replacements for existing pumps that have failed. According to Steve Hungness, Technical Service Supervisor at Pentair’s Delavan, WI location, “All pumps are designed to operate within a certain temperature range. Go outside that range, and expensive damage can occur. With outside temperatures skyrocketing, homeowners should take measures to prolong the life of their clean and dirty water pumps.” Hungness continues, “Different types of pumps require different measures to protect your investment:
Well Pumps: Droughts can lead to a measurable drop in your local water table.  If the water table drops below your pump intake, the pump cannot cool sufficiently and will overheat until it fails.
Tip: Check your water table annually. If it drops significantly, you may need a professional to deepen your well. Also, consider a low pressure switch that will turn off your pump if the pressure drops below 25 psi due to lack of sufficient water.
Sump Pumps: Prolonged lack of rain can lead to your sump pit drying out, eventually destroying the seals in your sump pump. It can also lead to “air lock,” which prevents water from entering the pump when it finally does rain. The result of both…a flooded basement.
Tip: Fill your sump pit with water every 3 months to activate the pump and lubricate the pump seals. Add an air hole to the discharge pipe to prevent air lock.
Jet Pumps for Home Wells: Excessive ambient heat reduces your pump’s ability to cool its motor. After time, this can significantly reduce the life of your pump.
Tip: Is your jet pump outside? Make sure it is sheltered from direct sunlight. If your jet pump is inside your residence or other enclosure, make sure it gets plenty of air flow (ideally, cool air from an ac unit).
Pressure-Boosting / Sprinkler Pumps: During the hottest part of the day, residential electricity demands are the greatest. This can lead to low or fluctuating current, which places stress on a pump’s motor and can shorten its life significantly
Tip: Use this category of pump during off-peak or cooler evening hours. Not only will you prolong the life of your pump, but experts say your lawn grows best when watered during early morning or late evening.
A more in-depth explanation of each tip, including how to check your water table and how to add an air hole to your sump discharge, can be found online at
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Pentair ( is a global diversified industrial company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Pentair Water and Fluid Solutions is a leading provider of innovative water and fluid processing products and solutions used in a wide range of applications.  Pentair Technical Products is a leading provider of products that enclose and protect some of the world’s most sensitive electronics and electrical equipment, ensuring their safe, secure and reliable performance.  With 2011 revenues of $3.5 billion, Pentair employs over 15,000 people worldwide.
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