Get to Know General Pump

General brand pumps are high-pressure pumps used to power the core of your car wash systems. Either employees or customers use the high-pressure water jets to wash and rinse their cars. A General pump will serve all your high-pressure car cleaning needs. The General Pump brand has been a reliable pump option since 1982, serving industries like these: car wash, sewer jetting, oil, gas, and more.


Understanding Your General Pump

General pumps force liquid through a small hose and nozzle space so it comes out at high speed. The force of the liquid provides a powerful cleaning agent that not only disperses detergent and water onto the dirty surface, but does so with the power to literally blast dirt off of that surface. General is the industry leader in plunger pumps, which create pressure through motion of cylindrical plungers through stationary seals, which force the liquid into the hose and nozzle.

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Maintenance of Your General Pump

Ensuring adequate maintenance of your pumps is, of course, important for your car wash, especially as the pumps will likely be used constantly every day. The three most important parts of the pump are the motor, the valves, and the cylinders. Regular inspection of these three parts is absolutely necessary. It will also help to make sure that you purchase high quality pumps to begin with, as the higher quality you purchase, the less prone to stalling or freezing-up your pumps will be.

One of the most important steps toward self-sufficient maintenance of your General Pump unit is compiling a significant stock of spare pump parts and other repair equipment. These will include repair kits, hoses, spray guns, nozzles, and more. Finding a reliable retailer of these items and stocking up ahead of time will save you time and money in an emergency or on short notice. As you stockpile these parts, take a few moments to make sure that the parts match the pumps you use in size, chemical tolerance, PSI, and temperature tolerance. Having plentiful spare parts and knowing how to change them in and out will help prevent expensive repair bills and long waits.

There are several basic General pump maintenance steps, which are very easy to follow, that you and your employees can learn. Turning the pump off when no liquid is running through it or the water tank is empty is easy to do, but also easy to overlook, so make sure you remember to do that every day. Changing the pump’s oil every month and inspecting the pump for leaks and water drips regularly will also help keep the pump running at optimal performance.