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    I live and work in an area where the drinking water is supplied by a local lake. With this being our primary source of water we are incurring issues concerning hard water sediment buildup in the pump and piping.Does anyone have any sugestions on how to remove the buildup, and how to help keep the buildup to a minimal?

  • #2
    Try to get to an area where better water is and back flush the pumps after using the other water.
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    • #3
      Hard Water...

      There is a certain metal rod (can't remember exactly which) that can be installed in your pump that will help with this.

      I wish I could remember the exact metal and the exact location but I know that you can contact your Pumps Manufacture and ask them. If this doesn't work try getting in contact with some of the Fire Mechanics around your area and ask them how to deal with it.

      Flushing our Pumps frequently seems to work for us.

      We deal with hard water all the time... Hope this helps.
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      • #4
        Some pumps have "anodes" on the intakes. Make sure you have yours checked annually, and replace if needed. If you don't have them, you can order and install them yourself.
        Otherwise, back flush your pump off a hydrant (clean water source) when done drafting if possible.

        FM1
        I'm the one Fire and Rescue calls, when they need to be Rescued.

        Originally posted by EastKyFF
        "Firemens gets antsies. Theys wants to goes to fires. Sometimeses they haves to waits."

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mikeyboy View Post
          There is a certain metal rod (can't remember exactly which) that can be installed in your pump that will help with this.

          I wish I could remember the exact metal and the exact location but I know that you can contact your Pumps Manufacture and ask them. If this doesn't work try getting in contact with some of the Fire Mechanics around your area and ask them how to deal with it.

          Flushing our Pumps frequently seems to work for us.

          We deal with hard water all the time... Hope this helps.
          Zinc anodes can be added to any cast iron pump to reduce damage from galvanic corrosion.
          Just a guy...

          Lieutenant - Woodbury, MN FD (Retired)
          Road Captain - Red Knights MC, MN4

          Disclaimer: The facts and opinions expressed above are mine, and mine alone, and are not intended to represent the views of any company I have ever worked for, past or present.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Johngagemn
            Zinc anodes can be added to any cast iron pump to reduce damage from galvanic corrosion.
            I'm not feeling the love here.

            FM1
            I'm the one Fire and Rescue calls, when they need to be Rescued.

            Originally posted by EastKyFF
            "Firemens gets antsies. Theys wants to goes to fires. Sometimeses they haves to waits."

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            • #7
              Originally posted by FIREMECH1 View Post
              I'm not feeling the love here.

              FM1
              LMAO, didn't realize you had beat me to it.
              Just a guy...

              Lieutenant - Woodbury, MN FD (Retired)
              Road Captain - Red Knights MC, MN4

              Disclaimer: The facts and opinions expressed above are mine, and mine alone, and are not intended to represent the views of any company I have ever worked for, past or present.

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              • #8
                Thanks Guys i will pass it up the chain.

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                • #9
                  A big problem for us. Not only are there zinc anodes in the pump, if you have a metal tank, probably some anode rods in the tank too.
                  One answer we've found is to add a simple water soluble oil into the booster tank and recirculate it to mix it up. We run the relief valve up and down plenty in order to make sure the oil/water mix is everywhere. Operate the transfer valve too. Of course, the first tank of water is a little milky, but, beats the tansfer valve being frozen because the internal stuff of the pump are seized.
                  The oil we use is a water based cutting oil. Not very expensive, quite a bit less than expensive than the "tank saver" products on the market.

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