Bore Pump Servicing and Installation Guide

July 2021

As you might expect, extracting water from a bore is quite a specialist process and requires the correct bore pump for the job. When we talk about bore pumps we are generally talking about submersible pumps as they work best to lift water from a bore or well, but centrifugal pumps are also popular.

How much does a bore pump cost? 

While we all like to minimise cost, however, choosing a bore pump purely based on the cost of the pump is not optimal. The best bore pump is not necessarily the cheapest. There are many options available with quite a wide price range. You will want to base your decision on a number of factors, including the life expectancy and the amount of maintenance required. Investing in a better quality pump from the outset is likely to save you both time and money in the long run. You do not want to be pulling out your pump regularly for costly repairs so it is better to invest wisely from the start. A handy way of figuring out if a bore pump is of high quality is to look at the warranty on offer. Generally the better the warranty on offer, the better the pump.

Each bore is different so the cost really depends on your bore. Look at the flow rate and the head requirement. You will also need to consider the bore depth, static water level (SWL), pumping water level (PWL) and the pump set recommendations from your bore driller. These calculations can be a bit tricky, so we recommend talking to a pump specialist before making your final pump selection. The installation cost also needs to be accounted for in your selection process.

Think Water stocks a variety of models of bore pumps from a variety of brands including Grundfos, Orange Pumps, Pentair, and Davey.

How long should a bore pump last?

Some of the best submersible bore pump systems can last 20 years or more if they are well maintained and serviced. Premature pump failure tends to be caused either by corrosion or overheating of the motor. Setting up your pump correctly from the outset, monitoring water levels and water pressure along with regular maintenance will assist you to get the maximum life out of your pump.

Bore pump installation

A bore pump is best installed by an expert, however, there are some things you can do yourself to reduce costs. For example, if you need to run power to the bore you could dig the trench yourself in advance. Just make sure you communicate with your electrician and bore installer first to ensure you are meeting all the requirements.

The actual installation largely involves getting the pump into the correct position, making sure it is well attached and correctly connected to the power source. It is also important to follow the recommendations from the bore driller about setting your pump, known as pump set recommendations.

We do recommend using a professional for your pump installation. Our team at Think Water will help you work out the best strategy.

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Do bore pumps require maintenance?

One of the best ways to maintain your bore pump is to run it regularly. Bore pumps that sit idle for months at a time tend to corrode and seize up. If you have an irrigation bore, it is best to turn it on for at least a couple of hours per week to keep everything flowing and moving easily.

Submersible pumps can run for years without seeing the light of day. There are some visual checks you can do to evaluate the performance of your pump. This includes monitoring the output of your pump, checking for any obvious water leaks, making sure the electrical wiring is well protected, valves are in good condition and everything is well sealed. If you are not confident knowing what to look for, it is a good idea to book a yearly maintenance check by one of our consultants.

Do I need to have my pump serviced?

Your pump is an integral part of your water system and as such, it is important to protect your investment. Much like servicing a car regularly, it is also important to service your bore pump regularly. Set up a regular servicing schedule to prevent problems from occurring. Just how often you need to service your pump depends on its workload. At a minimum, we recommend setting up a yearly service, but you may need to service more regularly based on the type of bore you have and the composition of the bore water. One of our bore pump consultants will be able to help you set up a servicing schedule that suits your individual circumstances.

How do I repair my bore pump?

If water is not coming out of your bore, there is a high probability you either have a blockage or your pump needs repairing. Other telltale signs that something is amiss include decreased or irregular water flow, excessive noise, cloudy water, and particularly high electricity bills. Of course, if you run a solar-powered bore pump the power usage will be harder to assess.

Before calling in an expert to repair your pump, check the water level of your bore, check for any obvious blockages, and try back flushing the pump.

Where do I go to get my pump repaired?

Initially, it is best to have a technician come on-site to inspect your pump and diagnose the problem. Some bore repairs will be able to be completed on-site, while more complex problems will require the pump to be removed and taken to the workshop for repair.

Have your warranty/purchase date handy to check if the repair can be covered under warranty.

Bore pump repairs near me

To find your nearest bore pump repairer search here to find your nearest Think Water store. Think Water has had many years of experience installing, servicing, and repairing bore pumps so talking to one of our experts is a great place to start.

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