How to Safely Store Backup Components for Your Pump

If you own, run or maintain a plant where sudden and unplanned downtime would be a catastrophe, you likely keep additional pumps, valves and other backup components on hand in case you need to replace something during an emergency. Just imagine grabbing one of these spare parts off the shelf only to find that its quality has deteriorated over time – and it’s no longer any use to you! Preventative maintenance must be structured to include routine checks and maintenance of stored pumps and components to ensure minimal downtime during normal pump operations or emergencies. Here’s how:

1. Routinely turn input shaft

It’s critical to rotate the shaft of your spare pump at least once a month to prevent brinelling of the bearing surfaces (keep them round) and to ensure mechanical seals don’t stick.

2. Coat with a protective layer to prevent corrosion

Make sure that your pump or any metal component exposed to outside elements is covered with a protective layer of rust proofing or prevention spray before you store it. This keeps moisture and air from damaging the equipment, preventing rust and corrosion. Remember to remove this layer before installing the pump or component.

3. Provide a climate-controlled environment

Spare pumps and components need to be stored in a controlled, dry environment as any exposure to water in the air – such as humidity and condensation – can cause corrosion. A pump’s internal components can also deteriorate if the temperature of the surrounding environment is too extreme (either too hot or too cold). Store your equipment at moderate, room temperature to achieve the best, long-term storage results.

4. Prevent vibration

Extended exposure to vibration can damage a pump and its components over time. To extend the storage life of equipment, make sure that it’s not exposed to vibration during storage. Placing your backup pump and components on a cushion or pallet that can absorb any vibration will lead to longer shelf life.

5. Store without oil

It is better to store pumps dry as there’s a good chance that oil can solidify, separate and damage the pump. Other problems that can occur include the swelling and leaking of O-rings. With all these potential mishaps, rather play it safe and only add the oil before use.
While equipment can be stored short-term, it’s most often stored as stand-by equipment for emergencies. Following these tips can help extend its life, but it’s always best to contact manufacturers for their recommendations.

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