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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Welcome! My name is Sally. This is my blog about plumbing. I decided to start writing about plumbing after a very scary experience. I arrived home from work one day only to discover that a pipe burst in my home. When I opened the front door, I saw a torrent of water pouring down the stairs. I panicked and ran next door to my neighbour. Luckily, he used to work as a construction contractor, so he has a lot of experience in dealing with household problems. He helped me to turn off the mains water and helped me to mop up the mess. After this event, I decided I wanted to learn more about the plumbing in my house, so I went to a night school class.

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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Troubleshooting Tips for Your Water Tank Pump

by Melvin Owens

Water tank pumps are generally reliable, but at some point during the pump's lifetime, it is likely that it will develop some kind of problem. The following troubleshooting tips can help you to work out which part of your pump is faulty and take action to correct the problem.

What to Do If The Pump Doesn't Start

If your water tank pump refuses to start, first check that the pump is connected to an electricity supply. Reset the circuit breaker if necessary. A water tank pump will not start if the pressure controller detects that there is no water present in the tank. This judgment could be an error, which can be solved in most cases by resetting the controller, but it is also possible that your tank is empty. Check the water level before continuing with this troubleshooting checklist.

Another possibility is that the pump is blocked, in which case you will need to disconnect the pump from the power and check it for objects that could be trapped there. If you do not feel comfortable doing this, then you should contact a plumber for help.

Finally, it is possible that the pump capacitor is broken. This problem requires a professional to dismantle the pump and replace the capacitor.

What to Do If the Pump Won't Stop Running

If the water tank pump continues to run even when there are no taps open, it could be that there is a leak somewhere in your plumbing system. Try to find the leak and call in a plumber to fix it.

Another possibility is that there is debris caught in the pressure controller for the water tank. It should be possible to remove the debris yourself, although you can also call in a plumber to investigate.

What to Do If the Pump Delivers No Water

Sometimes, a pump not delivering water when it runs is a simple matter of the pump not being primed. Before you run the pump, check that both the suction line and the pump body are filled with water.

Another possibility is that the suction line is leaking or that there is a blockage somewhere inside the pump. Cleaning the pump and carefully checking the suction line can be useful steps to take.

If you cannot find a blockage and there is definitely water in your tank, contact a plumber to find out what the problem is with your pump. They can investigate and give you an estimate of the cost of repair. Reach out to a professional who works with water tank pumps to learn more. 

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