SandMaster and SandMaster PLUS Sand Separators
The use of a sand filter (separator) may save you money over time by possibly extending the life of your regular water filters and water heater. They may also prevent sand from depositing in your plumbing lines. Lakos is a leader in the sand filtration industry and PlumbingSupply.com® is your source for Lakos products.
Protects your residential water system
Saves time and money
- Water heaters
- Washing machines
- Water conditioning
- Undersink RO's
- Water well pumps
- No screens or filter elements to clean or replace
- No messy maintenance
- Effective sand/silt removal
- Ideal for corrosive water applications
- Long-lasting stainless steel construction
- Centrifugal separation technology
How Sand Filters (Separators) Work
Order of Operations:
- 1. Sandy Water In: Water, sand, silt, and grit flow from the pump into the sandmaster
- 2. Centrifugal Action Separation: Particles are thrown to the perimeter, fall and collect in the lower chamber
- 3. Clean Water Out: Free of sand, and grit water exits the separator and flows to the pressure tank
- 4. Sand Purge: Open the valve periodically to tflush away separated particle
Install between the pump and the pressure tank without concern about pressure loss or clogs. View a typical SandMaster installation.
The SandMaster can not eliminate red colored clay/soil/mud - it will take out sand (which is heavier), but the red color may indicate another water quality concern.
After the sand filters, we recommend installing a smaller particle filter. Through 1" we recommend the #W10PR housing with either the #W30PEHD or #W50PEHD filter cartridges. Through 1 1/2" the #W15PR housing with dual #W30PEHD or #W50PEHD sediment cartridges are recommended.
SandMaster Plus Sand Separators
Stainless Steel (Model SMP)
Select correct model by flow rate (gpm) not pipe size. Allow 12" of space below unit when installed.
SandMaster Plus SMP Stainless Steel Series Sand Separators
These Sand Separators do NOT come with purge valves. You may purchase purge valves separately below.
SandMaster & SandMaster Plus Accessories
Residential Automatic Purge Valve Systems
For use with SMP and H2O sand separators
This easy-to-program automatic valve eliminates routine maintenance and assures proper periodic purging of sand and grit. Purge Frequency and Purge Duration will be determined by the user according to the amount of sand in the water. Heavier sand loads will require more frequent purging. The amount of water loss when purging will depend on the water flow, water pressure and purge duration (as set on the controller). A 20 second purge duration will typically flush approximately 5-10 gallons of water and sand.
- Easy-to-program automatic valve
- Nickel-plated brass body with stainless steel ball
- 110v or 220v operation (same unit)
- Valve may be installed in any position at the purge connection
- LED display for programming and "valve open" indicator
- Purge duration can be set at 20 seconds (recommended minimum) or as long as 5 minutes (Note: longer purge duration is only needed when the purge line is greater than 2-3 feet from the valve to open discharge)
- Purge frequency can be set for every 4 minutes or up to every 24 hours
- Manual override
- Maximum working pressure: 150 psi
- Battery-powered backup provides "fail-safe" closure of the valve if power should be interrupted while the valve is open
- Requires four AA batteries (not included)
- Shaded installation recommended, avoid direct sprinkler spray and submergence in water
- 3-prong grounded plug for easy installation
- View typical installation diagram
The manufacturer recommends a manual ball valve (not included) be used for isolation of the automatic purge valves if needed. We recommend the 3/4" Kitz brand ball valve
to high-flow Jumbo filter housings and cartridges
Manual Purge Valves
Wall Mounting Kits for Sandmaster Separators
Related Items & Accessories
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. "How do I select the appropriate SandMaster model for my water system?"
A. Each SandMaster model operates best within a specific flow range. You must determine your pump's actual flow rate.
If you have a valve between the pump and the pressure tank, open it fully and record the volume of water in one minute to determine gallons or liters per minute.
If you have no valve, follow these steps:
- Immediately after your pump shuts off, open the faucet between the pressure tank and house (make sure no water is running), run water in to a container and record the Volume (gallons or liters) of water it takes for the pump to start again. (You may have to fill several containers.)
- Record the length of Time it takes (in minutes) the pump runs before shutting off.
- Divide Volume by Time to determine the actual flow rate (gpm or liter/minute).
Q. "Why would I need to use a Lakos SandMaster sand separator instead of a typical water filter?"
A. Lakos SandMaster separators use centrifugal action to remove debris heavier than water. Typical water filters can get clogged by sand, silt and grit. Using a circular motion, particles are thrown to the perimeter, fall and collect in chamber at the bottom of the unit. You may want to use a 3/4" ball valve at the bottom to flush away (purge) the separated particles without having to replace any screens or cartridges.
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