Ketek has used, maintained and serviced pumps for more than 40 years
There was a golf course near Ketek’s head office in Edmonton which was having problems moving water from its pump house to the higher elevations around the course. We pulled their pump out of the water and found it to be worn, rusty and generally unloved and forgotten about. It was having to work overtime and unable to meet its potential. We took it back to our shop, cleaned it, repaired it and reinstalled it. The story has a happy ending: The pump is operating efficiently again and the fairways and greens can get the water they need.
We removed this poor pump from a golf course’s pump house. Much unloved, its intake screen is blocked with dead minnows and other detritus.
Regular service of a pump increases its lifespan while maximising efficiency and reliability.
Ketek has used, maintained, repaired and serviced a wide variety of pumps for more than 40 years. Whether it’s a centrifugal pump, an electric submersible, a vertical turbine, a deep well pump or a trash pump, we’ve used it in our own operations, rented it out, sold it when asked, and repaired and maintained it as required. You can see a video of a vertical turbine pump being installed in a pump house here.
Before and after photos of an electrical submersible pump that we gave a complete rebuild.
We’re also a distributor and/or certified repair shop for Flygt (Xylem), Mody, Thompson, BBA, Grundfos, Berkeley and Flowserve pumps.
If you’re looking to buy or rent a pump, our team of experts is ready to help you find the exact pump depending on your needs. The pump will be determined by environmental requirements/sensitivity, fluid density, flow requirements, pressure, elevation change, etc.
If your pump needs repair or upkeep, Ketek’s ISO:9001-certified maintenance division offers preventive maintenance and regular site visits. We are a certified repair shop for Flygt (Xylem) electric-submersible pumps and Thompson diesel pumps. Every pump sold by Ketek is tested in a 90m3 test tank and compared in both flow and pressure to the factory pump curve. A report can be provided upon request.
You can combine your pump with the efficiencies of our SmartTEK technology, which allows for remote operation and monitoring of the equipment. In real time and from the comfort of your office you can control your equipment and monitor its performance. Want it to turn on and off? No problem. Does it need fuel or maintenance? You’ll know. You’ll need fewer trips to service and fuel equipment. You’ll have more efficient employees and less downtime, all saving you money.
Installing a vertical turbine pump in a municipal pump house after we had removed, repaired and upgraded it.
Tips for Maintaining Pump Health
Perform regular checks on your pump’s daily/monthly/weekly depending on usage. (Always check the owner’s manual) This will save downtime and costly catastrophic failures.
Lubrication for bearings, whether it be an oil bath or grease, is critical for the healthy, interruption-free operation of your pumps (per the guidelines set by the manufacturer). Also, it is important to make sure that you do not over-lubricate. Over-greasing can result in bearing damage.
Overheating of water-cooled electric submersible pumps happens when an insufficient volume of water is passing over the motor or the motor is covered in an insulating material such as clay. Confirm the pump is producing above its minimal flow and not attempting to push fluid above the maximum lift, as per the pump curve. Ketek has designed a custom cooling system for a variety of pumps and applications.
Cleaning/Flushing Pumps After Use
It is important to always clean and drain pumps after use. Moving pumps from one location to another without cleaning first can have harmful effects to the environment by introducing invasive species and contaminates. It is also important to drain pumps after use when there is the potential of sub-zero temperatures. Housings and volutes will crack, which is typically a costly repair.
Preventative Maintenance/Service Schedule
People tend to ignore pumps and only care about them when they are not working. As with all mechanical equipment, pumps require maintenance and have scheduled service intervals. Following a schedule will extend the life of the pump, reduce downtime, increase pump efficiency and save you money!