Blogs About Troubleshooting and Maintaining Heavy Construction Equipment and More

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Blogs About Troubleshooting and Maintaining Heavy Construction Equipment and More

Welcome to my blog. My name is Dan, and I used to work in the construction industry. There I wore a hard hat, but I also wore a lot of other 'hats', from labour to management. Now I've moved on from that industry, but as a property investor, I frequently hire construction crews or contractors. I have a few rentals and some homes that I fix up to sell. At any rate, I've been around heavy equipment for a significant part of my life, and now I want to create a blog to give back. These posts will be about troubleshooting and maintaining heavy construction equipment.

How To Purchase A Dewatering Pump

Water pits pose a significant risk when conducting excavations. Typically, they prevent construction work and risk the lives of construction workers. Dewatering pumps are an essential element of your site's dewatering system. Most contractors struggle to find an appropriate pump for their site. If you wish to purchase a dewatering pump, read below for a few tips on how to purchase a dewatering pump

Pump Features

Your immediate concern would be the features of the dewatering pump you need to purchase. For instance, 

  • Examine the pump's flow rate to establish the amount of liquid it can pump within a specified period (minute, second or hour). It helps you establish the pump's efficiency.
  • Check the pump's discharge head. It is the distance that the pump can pump water from the pit to the highest distance above the ground.
  • Examine the pump size to determine its suitability for your site. The general rule is to choose a bigger pump than you need. This way, you do not have to worry when you overwork the pump.
  • What is the pump's power source? Dewatering pumps can be diesel, petrol or electric-powered. 

You must also assess the pH resistance of the dewatering pump. Typically, this is the pump's ability to resist corrosion. Remember, underground water sources could have elements that could accelerate corrosion. Therefore, the best option would be to purchase a pump with a high pH resistance. You could also be concerned about the pump's portability. It is especially so if you plan to move the pump to different pits or sites. If this is the case, consider pumps with trollies or castor wheels. 


There are several ways to examine a dewatering pump's durability. First, you could examine the pump's reviews and interview other contractors to compare the various dewatering pump models accurately. The general rule is to consider models with excellent reviews and guarantees from the manufacturer. Evaluate the pump's solid waste processing capability. Dewatering pumps pump a lot of solid waste, including gravel, soil and vegetation. Your preferred pump should handle solid waste without overheating and breaking down. 

Evaluate the pump's maintenance schedule. Consider pumps that can run for long hours without requiring any servicing. Remember, your dewatering pump might need to run 24/7 to allow construction or excavation works to continue. You risk downtime if the pump needs maintenance every few hours. Finally, check the pump's price to ensure it is within your budget.