It's an obvious fact: safe and clean pumping is better than nasty and dangerous pumping. But if you want more proof, here's a quick look at what makes Smith & Loveless Wet Well Mounted Pump Stations superior to submersible pumps.
- Eliminates the need to enter confined space for maintenance or operation.
- Eliminates the need for a valve vault.
- Exposure to pathogens is limited with S&L stations.
- Release the vacuum & wastewater falls back into the wet well, un-screw 4 bolts, hang the rotating assembly from the lifting stanchion to access the mechanical seal.
- Control panel and valves are located under the enclosure.
- No valve vault is required.
- No valve vault needed – all discharge valves come preassembled and tested at the factory, under the hood.
- All maintenance & inspection of valves done at-grade.
Fewer Priming Mechanisms
- Submersibles require the following to be primed:
- placement inside wet well at bottom of the wastewater
- explosion proof motor
- oil filled motor
- cables & connections rated for hazardous area
- 316SS rails
- coupling underwater
- seal leak sensor
- motor overheat sensor
- oil filled seal
- S&L stations require the following for priming:
- WaveStart™ Prime Sensing System
- solenoid valve
- vacuum pump
- vacuum tubing
- S&L pumps last 25+ years with regular lubrication and general maintenance.
- Design life of the S&L mechanical seal is 7 years.
Maintenance Savings & Safety
- Roughly $2400/yr savings per station over submersible stations for annual maintenance costs.
- Maintenance can be done above grade, eliminating the need for 3 people on site, paperwork, and time for confined space entry maintenance and inspection.