Frequently Asked Questions
Q. "Do you sell or know a source for hand pumps that pump from deeper wells?"
A. Sorry, but what we show is all that we sell as far as hand pumps. Pumps for deeper wells can get very complicated and they require a two-pipe system.
Q. "Do I need to prime this hand pump each time?"
A. We suggest you fill the pump with water (prime) before operating the pump to keep the leather cup from becoming damaged by dry use, especially if it has not been used for awhile. Sometimes (and certainly after time) you will need to use some quality basic faucet grease #LU020 on the leather cup and the flat leather at the base valve. If a foot valve or spring check valve is used then water will be kept in the drop pipe and eliminate the need to prime the pump each time.
Note: The choice of which one to use will depend on the installer preference and which one may be easier to replace should it fail in years to come.
Please note: The use of a check valve or foot valve will keep water in the pipe to the pump as well as inside the pump, so the pump and piping above the frost line will need to be protected from freezing conditions.
Q. "My hand pump used to work fine. Now it won't pump anymore. Any suggestions?"
A. Try using some quality faucet grease #LU020 on the leather cup or base flat leather. Many times this will expand the rubber/leather enough that it will work for you again. Make sure to use grease that is approved for drinking water (ours is).
Q. "I'm told that installing a check valve on the inlet side of any brand of hand pump is a good idea. What do you think?"
A. For pumps used on very shallow water levels we don't think it matters much. But for deeper water levels (8' or deeper), or for older pumps, a good spring check valve in an accessible vertical section of your drop pipe or the use of a foot valve may work wonders for the pump's operation. It can keep you from the sometimes-aggravating need to prime it after each use.
Please note: The use of a check valve or foot valve will keep water to the pump and the pump will need to be protected from freezing conditions.
Q. "To pump water will I need anything besides the HPP-1 pump?"
A. You will need some 1 1/4" pipe (along with threads on at least one end). With PVC plastic pipe you will need a 1 1/4" male adapter #PVC436 (as well as your PVC pipe). With steel pipe you need 1 1/4" pipe with threads. You can also adapt from 1 1/4" to 1" and use 1" pipe. You can use almost any kind of potable (drinking water) grade pipe as long as it is fairly straight and reaches into your water source (and your water level is not deeper than 24' below the pump). Your pipe can be longer than 24'.
Q. "I have an old hand pump that I purchased elsewhere. Do you know where I can get parts for it?"
A. There are many different brands, with all different parts. We cannot stock or find parts for other brands. The hand pumps that we sell are pretty rugged. The manufacturer changes parts every so often, and we cannot guarantee the parts we offer will work on a pump you purchased from us in the past. It is extremely rare that one of ours fails within 3 years. Generally, all that ever goes wrong is that the leather cup dries up. For that we recommend using food-grade safe faucet grease (#LU020) on the leather diaphragm. If you bought your hand pump elsewhere, we do not wish to ship you parts that fit ours. We make this rule based on experience. We have found that our parts do not fit other brands of hand pumps and the return rate is simply too high for parts that people think might fit and then don't. We do not offer parts for hand pumps other than the ones we currently offer.