Most water pumps need to be primed in order to work efficiently and create pressure inside the motor. Without proper priming after a few months of use the pump will need to be primed and flushed. In this article we will show you how to prime a water pump with a step by step guide – keep reading to learn more
Required Gear and Tools
Priming a pump is easy but it will require a few items from around the house.
You will need:
- A 5 gallon bucket of water – This will be used to fill the pump with water and create suction
- A garden hose – This is used to spin the impeller inside the pump and create suction
- A timer – This will be used to pour the water into the pump without making a mess
- A large drill – This is used to spin the impeller inside the pump and create suction
- A funnel – This will be used to pour the water into the pump without making a mess
Get Water for Priming
Find the Relief Valve or Primer
Make sure that you are flipping the primer pump and not cycling the power switch or turning the flow rate up and down. Also be on the lookout for a pressure gauge so you know exactly how many times to prime the pump to get the perfect amount of water pressure.
This is important because if the on/off switch is turned off without the primer being engaged it will allow air to enter the system and you will have to start all over again.With the power off, spin the knob or push the button to open up the relief valve. If there is a lot of pressure in the system it may hiss or spit out!
Pump the Primer and Add Water
You will know everything is working correctly if the water starts to drain at a steady rate. Repeat the priming process as many times as needed on your plumbing fixture. If you have a lot of water pressure in your system you may not need to use as much. As you are priming the pump make sure to keep an eye on the water level in the bucket or tank.
You will also want to check the primer knob or valve to see if any air is coming out. If there is a significant amount of air then close the knob or valve and start over. If everything is going smoothly keep priming until there is a steady stream of water coming out of the discharge hose with no air.
Test Pump System
If you notice a large amount of water flow reentering the basin you may have something wrong with your check valve.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Our Final Say
Priming your water pump is an important part of regular pump maintenance routine. Without priming the pump you risk damaging the motor and decreasing the lifespan of your pump plus it might not provide enough suction and water pressure to drain the water tank.