Understanding Pressurization Pumps: What They Do and How to Select the Right One


Pressurization pumps serve as the cornerstones of both liquid delivery and removal systems. These machines function by transferring liquids and fluids through a closed network of pipes and tanks to outlets at specified pressure and flow rates. Pressurization pumps play an extremely vital role within various commercial and industrial sectors due to their efficient handling of high flow rates, making them key components in water supply systems, wastewater treatment facilities, and industrial wash bays, to name a few.


As the sole distributor of Cat Pumps in South Africa, Bestline Manufacturing understands the importance of selecting the right-sized pressurization pumps for an application and highlights the factors that need to be considered before investing in one.


Selecting the Proper Pressurization Pumps for Optimal Performance


The improper selection of pressurization pumps for a high-pressure washer or any high-pressure water application can result in significant financial and operational setbacks. Pressurization PumpsIn addition to potential performance deficiencies, a mismatched pump may lead to premature wear and tear, culminating in frequent repairs or even complete system failure. This can result in lost productivity and unnecessary frustration during the equipment’s lifespan.


Key Features to Keep in Mind


Selecting pressurization pumps requires the careful consideration of several crucial factors. These include the pump’s ratings in terms of pressure, physical size, and suitability for your specific work environment. Before purchase, we suggest that you ensure the pump aligns with your application’s flow rate requirements, inlet conditions, temperature, duty cycle, and the compatibility of the pump’s materials with the liquids that it must handle. Researching factors such as the pump’s longevity, ease of obtaining replacement parts and recommended service intervals is also vital. Let us take a look at the two key features to look out for when selecting a pump:


  1. Flow rates

The most important consideration in pump selection is the desired flow rate which is defined as the volume of fluid that must be transferred within a designated time frame. A thorough understanding of the flow rates required for a specific application is needed as it directly influences the pump’s size and capacity necessary for the demands of the system. For example, heavy-duty wash bays rely on large-frame, low-flow industrial pressurization pumps that produce between 9 to 75 GPM.


  1. Pressure

Pressure signifies the force necessary to overcome resistance and propel the fluid through the system. On the other hand, head refers to the vertical elevation – the height – to which the pump needs to raise the fluid. Careful consideration of these parameters is paramount to ensure the chosen pump possesses the capability to deliver the necessary pressure and head for the intended application. High-pressure washers used for commercial or industrial cleaning and sanitation typically operate between 1500 and 5000 PSI, and whether used intermittently or continuously, you need to ensure that the pump you select is reliable enough to keep running.


Pump efficiency merits equal attention during the selection process as it directly translates to operational cost savings. High-efficiency pumps, renowned for their reliability, contribute to optimal system performance while minimising maintenance requirements and lowering operating costs resulting in longer equipment lifespan.


Committed to Quality


We at Bestline Manufacturing stand behind the proven reliability and durability of Cat Pumps for commercial and industrial applications. By combining superior construction with our ability to service and repair each pump model, we are confident you will find that Cat Pumps outperform the competition. Contact us and we will gladly assist you in finding pressurization pumps ideal for your specific application.