Clean-up tasks are an expected phase of any construction project. Sometimes adverse weather conditions or nature's accumulated remains can make these tasks even more of a challenge. Large deposits of water and debris with silt, sand, leaves or trash require more than a handy Shop-Vac can handle. Water trash pumps are specially designed to clear out areas where unwanted water and debris accumulate. Because of their heavy-duty design and portability, these machines can be used in a variety of settings. Construction sites, industrial environments, mining, flood control and agricultural clearing are all places where a water trash pump can come in handy. These machines are built to provide maximum discharge flow and pressure, with large inlets for debris absorption and lots of horsepower. They can run off of AC, DC, gas, diesel, compressed air or solar power.
The mechanics of water trash pumps rely on the fact that water will follow the path of least resistance. A pump device accommodates this behavior by creating a low-pressure area. Once created, the water naturally gravitates toward it, which is how the pump keeps the flow going. This flow is further intensified by impeller vanes that lift fluids and debris into the central hub using a rotational force. The impeller runs through the pump's central hub in a vortex design, which further pressurizes the flow of the water through the pump. An impeller can have as many as four vanes running through it. A job that entails mass amounts of water with lots of debris would most benefit from a pump with a multi-vaned impeller. Impeller design features vary according to project needs in terms of what types of solids, or what concentration of solids, are to be removed.
The impeller mechanism on a water trash pump comes in one of three designs: open, closed or semi-closed. Open impeller designs are made up of a series of vanes attached to the central hub, with no sidewalls, or shrouding. These models are more susceptible to vane wear. Semi-closed impellers have a single sidewall toward its back end. These models can be adjusted to allow for maximum efficiency while minimizing wear and tear. Closed impellers have sidewalls at both ends. Unlike the open and semi-closed models, closed impellers incorporate wear rings that gradually erode. Once erosion has reached 50 percent, the pump's efficiency will decline unless the rings are replaced. The amount of debris that enters and exits the pump rings on a regular basis determines how quickly the rings erode.