We replaced a broken Vada Pressure Pump for a local RSL Club and added exterior protection

Summary

This commercial property owner had to replace their water pump because the original installation wasn't protected correctly.

Nu-Trend is a local Sydney plumber that can service, supply or replace water pressure pumps. Our plumbing team was called out to do a site inspection of a urinal flush system that had stopped working for the male toilets of this commercial property that was an RSL Club. The urinals ran off a recycled rainwater system that was located externally to the building and powered by a Vada Pressure Pump. 

 

What we discovered is that it used an above ground rainwater pump that was about 12 years old and had burnt out due to its age, but also because the installation was exposed to the elements. Over time it had basically corroded and combined with its age, it failed. Therefore the best possible solution to this plumbing problem was to do a straight swap and replace it with a new Vada Pressure Pump.

A dual water supply system with automatic switching via a Vada Pressure Pump to save water.

One of the things some plumbers might do is install something like a Vada Pressure Pump on exterior locations but to make sure it is a cheap installation they might not consider how to protect the pump from the elements. In some cases this will be done to ensure there is ongoing maintenance or replacement work as the pump will eventually fail over time, especially if the property is close to coastal areas and exposed to salt air.

 

For this scenario we supplied and installed an above ground Vada Pressure Pump with an automatic switch over from rain water to mains pressure. The switchover mechanism in the pump allows rainwater to feed the urinal flushing system while the tanks are full with rainwater. When the rain tanks are low with water, the pump senses this and switches over to mains pressure water, ensuring there is always water available for the flushing system. This type of set up is a good environmentally friendly solution to try and save water.

 

 

When installing exterior pressure pumps the exposure to the elements should be considered.

On completion we tested the new Vada Pressure pump to make sure it worked as intended. Although we did two other things to prolong the life of this above ground pressure pump;

 

 

1) KEEP MOISTURE & DEBRIS AWAY – we installed a Poly Ever hard bottom plate so that the Vada pressure pump was raised off the ground. This will make sure moisture and debris can’t gather under or around the base of the pressure pump. Keeping an electrical item like this off the ground can help maximise its working life while also keeping the area around it safe. 

 

 

2) PROTECTING IT FROM THE ELEMENTS – we also made sure an Everhard cover was custom installed on the top of the pump to protect the electronics from the elements like harsh sun, rain or even salt water air. Combined with raising it off the ground these two extra steps will mean the pump will function for many, many years.

 

Nu-Trend is a Sydney plumbing service that can install a broad range of pumps and pump accessories for all kinds of applications and projects. 

 

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Whether you are installing a new pump or upgrading existing pumps, Nu-Trend can help you work out what is best for your application. We have experience dealing with sump and drainage pumps as well as submersible pumps, compact units and units designed for heavy-duty installations including commercial or industrial use. Nu-Trend has experience setting up multistage pumps including ready to go units or maintenance for existing units. So whether you need help with a priming pump, pressure control pump and or pump sets, Nu-Trend can help you source the best brands and manufacturers.

 

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Whatever the pump, spare part or accessory you need, Nu-Trend can try and source it for you & then have it installed at your location. So things like jet pumps, circulator pumps, pump controllers and tanks, pressure tanks and more. We have the equipment and tools to do installation or maintenance of your existing pump units. 

 

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