How to Find the Perfect Industrial Pump

WP Law - Wednesday, June 09, 2021

On the hunt for the perfect industrial pump? Choosing the right pump and pipe supplies is critical to the success of your company’s industrial fluid handling. Your operation has unique needs, and the right pump will have the specifications and features to streamline even the most complex fluid handling tasks.

Today’s industrial pumps utilize the latest in technology to facilitate more efficiency in your systems and operations. But it’s not always easy to know which pump is ideal for your situation. Keep reading to get the details you need to make the best choice for your industrial company.

Let the Experts Assess Your Industrial Pump Needs

Perhaps the easiest way to identify the industrial pump your business needs is to turn to trusted experts. Professional industrial pump specialists have in-depth knowledge and experience and can assess your company's unique fluid handling needs. They don’t provide cookie-cutter solutions. Instead, they customize industrial pump design, so you have all the features you need and nothing you don’t!

The Perfect Pump Begins with the Right Pump Supplier

Not all pump suppliers specialize in the unique needs of industrial companies. That’s why it's essential to find a supplier who can connect you with precisely what you need to make your operations successful. In your search for a pump supplier, don’t be afraid to ask them questions about their background, qualifications, and experience with industrial pumps. Search for a company with excellent customer reviews and a proven track record of success serving local industrial companies.

Let the team at WP Law, Inc. help you find the perfect industrial pump for your company. Connect with us online now to get started!

A Complete Guide to Pump Stations

WP Law - Thursday, April 08, 2021
pump stations

Pump stations are a vital component for many different types of businesses. They pump liquids from one area to another and play a crucial role in several applications.

Is a pump station right for your business needs? Keep reading to get the details of how pump stations work, which type of industries use them, and what the benefits are for your business operation.

What Are the Common Applications of Pump Stations?

The applications for a pump station include:

  • Wastewater and sewage lift
  • Wash-down operations
  • Dust suppression
  • Irrigation
  • Drainage on low-lying land
  • Water supply to canals

What Are the Most Common Types of Pump Stations?

The two primary types of pump stations include the irrigation pump station and the sewage pump station. Businesses in high flood-risk zones, farms, and golf-courses utilize irrigation pump stations to keep water away from specific areas to prevent flooding and oversaturation.

Many industrial and commercial businesses use sewage pump stations, also known as lift stations, as part of a sewage collection process to keep their properties safe and protected from sewage backups. The sewage pump stations pump the sewage or wastewater from a lower elevation to a higher elevation, so it can travel to the main sewer.

What Are the Benefits of Pump Stations?

Pump stations transport water, wastewater, or sewage, so there is no need for direct human interaction. From preventing floods to effectively moving sewage, pump stations should be an integral part of your business operation.

To learn more about purchasing top-quality packaged pump stations that are right for your business application, contact WP Law, Inc. online now.

Commercial Fountains: The Benefits of Adding Ambiance

WP Law - Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Commercial fountains are a smart way to add ambiance and enhance the curb appeal for your business. There are a variety of fountain types and styles that can give your property the boost it needs to set your business apart from the rest. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits you can expect by installing commercial fountains.

#1: Level Up Your Business Image

Your business’s professional image is crucial to your overall success and profitability. Adding commercial fountains will add a touch of prestige and beauty to your property—no matter the industry. In addition, your customers or clients will appreciate the well-manicured appearance and attention to detail. When you take pride in your property, it sends a message to customers that they can trust you will give them the products and services they want.

#2: Increase Property Value

The right commercial fountains will enhance your property's curb appeal, which naturally gives your property value a boost if you decide to sell in the future. People in the market to purchase a new commercial property will be more likely to consider a property with special features like custom-designed fountains.

#3: Set Your Business Apart from the Competition

In a highly competitive market, installing fountains is a way to give your business a competitive edge. Show your prospective customers that first impressions are important to you and your business and that you want to stand out from the rest.

WP Law’s Fountain Division Will Design the Right Fountain for Your Property

At WP Law, we are so passionate about commercial fountains that we have a division dedicated to designing and installing water features for your property. Let us show you how to add ambiance to your property with commercial fountains for your business. Contact the trusted experts at WP Law, Inc. to get started.

3 Benefits of Dust Suppression Systems

WP Law - Thursday, January 23, 2020

Pump repair & fabrication involves many applications, including dust suppression. While dust is present everywhere, it can have negative consequences. Using a dust suppression system to help reduce or eliminate dust is vital for the health of all your employees. Here are the top benefits of implementing dust suppression systems at your industrial site.

1. Cleaner, Healthier Air for Your Employees

Working in a building with poor air quality can lead to serious health problems. If you expose your employees to airborne dust, they may develop respiratory problems. Asthma, COPD, and cancer are just a few of the most common lung diseases caused by unhealthy air. You can reduce this risk by installing a dust suppression system at your worksite. Your workers will take fewer sick days and be more productive on the job.

2. Minimize the Risk of Dust Explosions

Believe it or not, but some types of dust have a reputation for exploding. Depending on the nature of your business, you may unknowingly produce dangerous, combustible dust. Likely culprits include coal, fertilizer, grains, and aluminum. Without adequate suppression, the dust may ignite. Some explosions may destroy entire buildings, while others can injure or kill workers.

3. Reduce Maintenance Costs

Think about the different types of machinery you use and how much it would cost to replace everything. Daily exposure to dust particles may damage your equipment over time. Unless you want to invest in regular maintenance and cleaning, you should use a dust suppression system.

Eliminating dust particles will make your worksite cleaner, healthier, and eco-friendlier. W.P. Law, Inc. can help you choose a dust suppression system that meets the demands of your industry. Get in touch with us to discuss your specific pump repair & fabrication needs.

3 Benefits to Digital Pressure Gauges

WP Law - Thursday, January 09, 2020

Do you wonder if you should switch to digital pressure gauges for your industrial/commercial applications? Going digital has become the trend in a variety of industries and for a good reason. If you haven’t made the switch yet, here’s why you should consider upgrading all your analog pressure gauges to more reliable digital models.

1. Digital Is Easier to Read

How quickly are you able to read your current gauges? If you want easy-to-read displays, digital is the way to go. Digital displays are clearer than analog, and many models even come with a bright backlight. No matter if it’s dark or hazy out, you can read digital displays with ease, reducing the risk of user error.

2. Calibrate with Precision

Proper calibration is of the utmost importance if you want accurate readings. Digital gauges have a reputation for staying calibrated much longer than analog models. Best of all, these modern gauges use a complex software system to handle all calibrations. You can trust a digital gauge to provide more reliable, precise readings.

3. Highly Durable Gauges

What good is a pressure gauge if it can’t withstand an extreme environment? Digital pressure gauges are highly durable and long-lasting. Most models feature a heavy-duty aluminum or stainless-steel body. These casings are capable of withstanding powerful vibrations—you don’t have to worry about cracking. Even in unstable temperatures or hazardous conditions, you can trust your digital device to continue working like new.

Although you will always need a power source to run a digital pressure gauge, the advantages outweigh those of similar analog models. W.P. Law, Inc. can help you find the right gauges for your business needs. Contact us to learn why digital pressure gauges are the best choice for your industrial/commercial applications.

3 Causes for Centrifugal Pump Shafts to Break  

WP Law - Tuesday, February 19, 2019

If you have ever worked with centrifugal pumps, chances are you have personal experience with the issue of broken shafts. However, you may not have a good understanding of the reasons why centrifugal pump shafts break. Here is some information about the top three causes of broken centrifugal pump shafts.

Metallurgical/Manufacturing Process Flaws

Manufacturing and metallurgical process flaws are one cause for centrifugal pump shafts to break. Flaws can shorten the lifetime of shafts and cause them to fail prematurely. When a shaft breaks prematurely, many people blame the manufacturer. However, the truth is that shaft breakage is often a result of the operating conditions of the pump. Manufacturing flaws are rarely the cause of shaft failures.


Vibration is typically caused by misalignment between the motor and pump shafts for long coupled centrifugal pumps. Other system problems such as cavitation, and operating outside the best efficiency point for the pump can cause excessive vibration as well. The pump bearings start to wear, and the shaft begins to move laterally. This causes the shaft to flex and then fail. The vibration harmonics place extra stress on the shaft of the pump.


Imbalance causes problems while the centrifugal pump is running. Some of the factors that tend to cause impeller imbalance include the following:

  • Trimmed and an unbalanced impeller
  • A new and unbalanced impeller
  • Vanes are out of plane or bent
  • A foreign object stuck in the vanes
  • There is a buildup of product on the impeller
  • A plugged balance hole

For more information about the top three causes for centrifugal pump shafts to break contact the professionals at W. P. Law, Inc.

Advantages of Using Multi Port Ball Valves  

WP Law - Friday, February 15, 2019

Offering superior levels of functionality and requiring minimal space, multi- port ball valves make it easier to clean equipment, improve general process reliability and guarantee compact processes. Within hygienic processing areas, the demand for cleanliness and reliability of a production facility is exceptionally high. Multi-port ball valves exceed this demand by facilitating necessary separation processes (chromatography and filtration, for example) to ensure media purity by capably maintaining sterile processing conditions.

Common problems such as corrosion in tank installations, valve manifolds and pipe systems are significantly reduced when using multi port ball valves.

5 Advantages for Using Multi-Port Valve Blocks

  1. During fermentation, a multi-port ball valve can help ensure a dependable sterile barrier
  2. The versatility of multi-port ball valves allows them to be used in plating operations, chemical operations, beverage/food industry and in water treatment processing plants, to name a few applications
  3. Ball valves are the first choice in distribution, feeding, cleaning and draining applications. They not only simplify distribution systems significantly but also help eliminate leaks
  4. Multi-port valves can be equipped with position indicators, pneumatic or electric actuation, lockout/tagouts, and multiple ball structuring
  5. Substantially reduce dead legs while being designed for maximizing draining

Multi- port ball valves distributed by W. P. Law, Inc. are machined from a single block of material so that no internal welds exist that could compromise functioning.

Learn how your processes will benefit from industry-leading W. P. Law, Inc. products by contacting us today.

Critical Off-Season Maintenance Steps for Your Athletic Field  

WP Law - Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Turf managers often face the unenviable task of producing safe and robust athletic fields after the winter chill has done its share of damage. Although athletic field managers and grounds crews are at the mercy of Mother Nature’s warmth — to some degree — there are things that can be done in the off-season to minimize setbacks. By taking proactive measures in the off-season, athletic fields can be at their optimal playing conditions come spring. These are must-do steps to ensure top quality playing surfaces.

Soil Fertility

Turf that receives heavy traffic requires appropriate nitrogen replenishment in the off-season. Among the best ways to revitalize worn athletic fields is by utilizing nitrogen and experts generally call for one-quarter to 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of turf, depending on the type of grass.

Another essential step is to ensure that the phosphorous and potassium levels in the soil are optimal for growth. Fertility generally requires the ongoing testing and oversight of an athletic field expert. Many schools, universities, and sports organizations outsource these responsibilities to specialists.

Why Aeration Makes a Difference

During the cool off-season, turf can continue to grow at a productive rate. Among the best practices for off-season fields is to properly aerate and topdress while traffic is minimal. Some fields can be aerated in late fall while others are best served during spring. The determination about these practices is generally a matter of traffic and the type of turf. Grass enjoys the best chances of complete recovery from compaction through such core cultivation measures in the off-season because the practice helps water to deliver vital turf nutrients.

Appropriate Off-Season Irrigation

It stands to reason that sports fields have changing irrigation needs from season to season. Weather conditions, temperature and traffic impact athletic fields and are drivers in appropriate management. Soil also plays an essential role in the approach irrigation professionals take as well.

While some adopt the general principle that deep and infrequent irrigation is a tried and true method, clay and sandy soils may not hold moisture in the same manner as others. Irrigation procures must be crafted to account for the type of soil, season, amount of traffic and type of turf among other factors. Getting it right requires experience.

Contact an Athletic Field Specialist

Maintaining quality athletic fields that are safe and aesthetically pleasing calls for the practical knowledge and expertise of a specialized company. A high-level sports field requires precise irrigation and fertilization measures all year. The professionals at W.P. Law have been providing irrigation services for athletic fields for nearly 50 years. Don’t wait for your team to start pre-season practice, call W.P. Law to maximize the safety and beauty of your athletic fields today.

3 Things to Know About Pump Stations

WP Law - Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The right pump station makes all of the difference for industrial and municipal operations. Pump stations are also vital components in wastewater and sewage applications.

Understanding the basics about pump stations can provide you insights for better decisions when it is time to upgrade or modify a system. Concepts such as design considerations, maintenance, and parts availability will also factor into your decision. Here are three of the most important characteristics to consider about your pump station.

  • Automation - The possibilities for pump station automation are numerous. Most pump stations, depending upon the application, will be designed to be turned on and off by system conditions such as pressure, flow, the level of a fluid in a reservoir, or possibly a combination of these. These conditions can now be monitored through the use of cell phone, or web based technologies that allow for remote monitoring and control. The degree of system automation is a major consideration when looking to purchase or upgrade a pump station.
  • Design Considerations – The basic design considerations on any pump station begin with questions about required capacity (flow rate) and pressure (psi). Other considerations such as where the pump station will be located, the type of fluid being pumped, the temperature of the fluid being pumped, and power availability will all contribute to the proper design of a pump station for a particular application.
  • Maintenance – All pump stations require some regular maintenance and most will at some time in their useful life also require repair. Maintenance and repair considerations need to be made at the time of purchase and they contribute to the overall cost of owning and operating a pump station. If the pump station is in a critical application that cannot afford any significant down time, then the owner needs to consider the cost of keeping replacement parts on hand, especially if the pump manufacturer has a long lead time on parts or replacement pumps. This is often an overlooked consideration when purchasing a pump station.

Call the dedicated experts at W. P. Law, Inc. for any questions about pump stations or to start the process of upgrading or replacing your station.

Keys to Selecting an Industrial Pump  

WP Law - Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Industrial pumps are subject to difficult working conditions and yet, are expected to function effectively for long hours. It is therefore critical to select the right pump to guarantee high performance, longevity, and reliability. W. P. Law, Inc. is a leading provider of industrial pump products for municipalities, food processing, and manufacturing processes.

From our years of experience, we have prepared the following list of key considerations when selecting an industrial pump:

1. Materials of Construction

The material used in the construction of the pump should be compatible with the liquid to be processed. Compatibility is vital to avoid chemical reactions which can jeopardize the integrity of the equipment and put people who are around at risk. Compatibility is also crucial to ensure a buyer obtains value for their purchase.

2. The Sensitivity of the Pump to an Operation

It is essential to establish how sensitive a pump is to the success of an operation. For instance, we recommend buyers to settle on high-quality pumps containing special features in processes where downtime is unacceptable. Even though the initial costs of the pump might be high, the pump is economical in the long run.

3. Pump Environment

A pump’s working environment plays a crucial part in influencing its construction, installation, and longevity. Outdoor pumps might, for instance, require protection against extreme weather conditions. The special features needed on such pumps might make them more expensive.

4. The Rate of Flow and Pressure

Buyers need to know the performance requirements and the fluid that is being pumped. Pumps are sized based on the required flow rate (usually expressed in gallons per minute) and the required head or pressure (usually expressed as TDH or PSI).

Contact W.P Law to seek professional advice on any question about industrial pumps and other equipment used in handling fluids.

7 Tips for Troubleshooting Your Commercial Chemical Injection System  

WP Law - Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Commercial chemical injection pumps are used in a wide range of applications including water treatment facilities, industrial processes, and food production and processing. Injection pumps allow producers to inject chemicals at a specified rate on an intermittent or continuous rate depending upon what the application requires. In many cases if the ratio between the injected chemical and the process fluid in not consistent the product may become sub-standard or unfit for use. Chemical injection pumps help to deliver and maintain perfect chemical-to-product ratios.

In the event a commercial injection pump malfunctions, plant maintenance staff should be able to identify and solve any simple problems.  In cases where the injection pumps are neglected, a problem is not identified until it creates a production problem.

How to troubleshoot your commercial chemical injection system:

Consider checking the following things when troubleshooting an injection pump.

1. Check whether the pump is receiving power

2. Check if the pump’s chemical tank has any chemical in it

3. Find out if the pump air is locked

4. Check if there is any water trapped in the air or gas regulator

5. Check if the chemical filter is clogged

6. Find out if the valves and seats are dirty or worn out

7. Check if the chemical metering is set accurately

If you want more tips on how to troubleshoot a commercial chemical injection system, contact W.P. Law, Inc. today!

How Pump Stations Help Communities  

WP Law - Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Water conservation and sustainable waste management have become serious concerns in the modern world. Pump stations play a critical role in the removal of sewage, drainage of low-lying land and water distribution systems. These pump stations help communities in many ways.

Transport of water

In water distribution systems, pump stations help to deliver fresh drinking water into homes. Treated water is pumped into vertical storage tanks and gravity fed to homes and businesses.

Increased water pressure

Water pressure can be poor in areas that have grown rapidly or have outdated infrastructure. Booster pump stations can be used to increase water pressure which makes life more enjoyable and helps appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines function better.

Collection and storage

There are situations where either fresh water or sewage will need to be collected and stored for use in the future. With pump stations, communities can not only collect and store these fluids but will also be able to let them flow when the need arises.

Reduced health risks

Sewage that is not properly managed can give off toxic gases and pose serious health risks. With pumping stations in sewage collection systems, raw sewage will flow smoothly over a significant distance. The stations ensure that sewage is managed in such a way that the related health risks are minimized.

Lower flood risks

Water that collects in low lying areas can lead to floods if the water levels rise. Pump stations can collect this water and direct it to the intended areas and in this way prevent damage and loss of lives.

Even with well-maintained pump stations, it is important for members of the community to have proper equipment to handle different fluids. At W.P Law, we supply quality fluid handling equipment for contractors, farmers and industries. In case you have any questions or would like to find out how we can help meet your needs, kindly contact us today.

3 Questions to Ask Before Installing a Sump Pump 

WP Law - Thursday, July 19, 2018

Where is the best location for the pump’s pit?

Your installer should be able to help you find the best location in your home for the new pump pit. Ideally, it should be away from all buried electrical, sewer and water lines. You should also steer clear of any circuit breakers or boxes. In most cases, the pit will need to be at least 12 inches from the wall.

Where will the water go, and where will you install the drain pipe?

Your outlet pipe will usually move through the rim joist of the building from the pump. In most cases, these pipes are 1.5 inch PVC that are attached to a hose or to the pump directly. When the outlet pipe goes outside of the building, it should be placed far enough from the building foundation to keep the water from moving into the lower areas of the building. You may also need to determine if the placement of the pipe will affect other buildings in the area as well.

Will you need to dig?

Many buildings may already have a pit that can handle a pump. If you do not have this pit, then your installer may need to dig. The installer should also make sure that drainage and placement is considered. For instance, the hole for the sump must be at least one foot deeper than the liner for the pump.

Contact the experts at WP Law for your sump pump installation. As one of the Southeast's leading suppliers of fluid handling equipment, we are happy to help.

3 Things To Do If Your Pump is Losing its Prime  

WP Law - Thursday, May 24, 2018

Whether it’s for irrigation, industrial or home use, keeping your  pumps working efficiently can save a lot of time and expense. There are several things you can do to find what might be causing your pump to lose its prime:

Steps To take If Your Pump Is Losing Its Prime

  • Check for leaks- 90% of all pump problems occur on the suction (or Intake) side of the pump. Leaks on the pump’s intake line as well as around the shaft seal of the pump housing itself can cause your pump to lose its prime. Ensure that the pipe connections threaded into the housing are tight and that the intake line is not cracked or has any loose or poorly glued fittings.
  • Valves-Most pumps are equipped with foot valves to keep water in the intake line and casing when the pump is not running. If your foot valve is leaking your pump may lose its prime between starts. Replacing a faulty valve may solve the problem.
  • Obstruction-One possible reason your pump may be losing its prime is an obstruction or blockage in a line. Debris blocking the suction strainer or foot valve is the most common cause. A blockage in the intake line can cause the water in the pump casing to overheat and literally boil out of the casing causing the pump to lose prime.

Whether you are trying to fix your pump at home or you are an industry professional, you can count of the knowledge and expertise of the team at W.P Law, Inc. Our expertise in the field allows us to help troubleshoot your issues and guide you to the right parts and service you may need to keep your pumps in perfect working condition.

When Is It Best to Use a Perforated Pipe? Find Out Now!  

WP Law - Thursday, February 22, 2018
Crop Irrigation

A perforated pipe is designed with small slots or holes to allow water to exit or enter easily. This type of pipe is frequently used for underground drainage systems and other outdoor uses due to its ability to absorb and drain water. Here is some information about the best times to use a perforated pipe.

Pool Decks

Draining systems for pools commonly use perforated pipes. Any water that remains on the pool deck passes through the perforated pipes to drain back into the pool. An advantage of using perforated pipes for pool decks is that the risk of debris draining into the pool along with the water is small because the holes or slots are small. Therefore, perforated pipes also function as a filter.

Water Underneath the House

Many homeowners, particularly those who live in rainy climates, deal with water pooling underneath their home. During rainy seasons, water tends to pool around homes and surrounding areas. Sunshine is unable to dry out these areas and this can lead to mold and mildew. Homeowners dealing with this issue should consider installing perforated pipes underneath their home to drain the water and prevent mold and mildew.


Homeowners who want to create a garden landscape need to have a good drainage system. Perforated pipes are frequently used for such drainage systems due to their ability to absorb and drain excess water. Some homeowners install perforated pipes in the ground to collect rain water and use it to irrigate their plants. Due to the small size of the slots and holes, homeowners don't have to worry about soil draining out along with the water.

As you can see, there are many uses for perforated pipes. For more information about when it is best to use a perforated pipe, don't hesitate to contact us here at WP Law.

Features Of An Effective Sewage System  

WP Law - Thursday, February 08, 2018
Crop Irrigation

Humans use a lot of water in the course of living their lives. You have water consumed by homes and businesses along with runoff from lawns and other structures. How well does your local system rate in handling wastewater?

Makes Use Of Gravity

Sewage systems use gravity to drive wastewater to treatment plants. Water piped from houses and businesses flow into street sewer mains.

They join other mains placed along bodies of water naturally flowing downhill to the treatment plant. Lift stations are used to replace gravity where the land doesn't allow for natural water flow.

Multi-level Treatment

Sewage system use three different processes to treat wastewater:

Primary Treatment - Separates any solids from the water and prepares them for disposal.

Secondary Treatment - Uses bacteria to rid the water of any organic materials or nutrients.

Tertiary Treatment - Chemicals, filter beds, and other processes remove phosphorous and nitrogen from the remaining mixture. This stage also removes any leftover bacteria.

Thorough Testing

Common methods for validating the effectiveness of an industrial sewage system's effectiveness include:

  • Checking pH
  • Determining levels of oxygen needed to consume any leftover organic material
  • Making sure no solids remain in the wastewater

Contact W.P. Law Inc. today if you're interested in improving the function of your sewer infrastructure.

5 Tips For Maintaining an A-List Sports Field This Winter

WP Law - Thursday, December 28, 2017
field maintenance

The fall sports season is coming to an end and now it's time to prepare your sports field in readiness for the winter weather. Here are a few crucial tips to help you maintain your A-List sports field in an apt condition throughout the tough winter season.

1. Undertake hollow tine aeration

Aeration is key in loosening up the soil and increasing water infiltration as well as oxygen flow to the roots of your turfgrass. Hollow tine aeration works best after the fall sports season because of the amount of disruption it causes.

2. Undertake Overseeding

It is important to undertake overseeding on the worn out areas of the field during the winter season. When the winter ends and warm weather sets in, seeds will germinate and start to fill up the bare sections of the field as well as increase turfgrass density.

3. Undertake some top-dressing

Undertaking top dressing after the hollow tine aeration contributes massively towards improving the conditions of the grass come spring. Consider using compost as the top dressing material on native soil fields, and sand as the top dressing material on sand-based fields.

4. Lower the mowing height into winter

As you head into winter, lower your mowing height to help reduce the chances of snow mold outbursts and damage.

5. Consider using growth covers

Growth covers will help you to create a greenhouse-like effect over your field to allow seeds to germinate and grass to grow during the winter season.

Maintaining your A-list sports fields bears a lot of benefits that you cannot afford to miss. Follow these important tips and your field will be assured of a healthy and well performing playing surface when the sports season arrives.

2 Step Process for Frost Protection

WP Law - Thursday, December 21, 2017
Frost Protection

In the United States, freeze damages cause more significant losses than any other weather-related hazard. Considering that the weather patterns have become tiresomely unpredictable, finding frost protection mediums for fluid-based (water and oil) systems has become increasingly important.
Many systems are exposed to long hours of extreme temperatures during the winter. Low temperatures will make the water in the pipes to turn into ice, expand and burst the pipes. When the temperatures get frigid, diesel turns into a gel or thickens. And as the temperature reaches the extremities, water and paraffin in the oil start to crystallize and separate from it hindering the flow.

Protect your system with these frost protection tips:

1. Insulation

When it comes to water, heating the plumbing system is a good start but generally not enough to avert the crises. By insulating tanks and reservoirs you provide the protection required to keep the water inside from turning into ice.

In extreme climates, water companies often integrate heating systems when designing the storage tanks. The tape insulation and aluminum jackets are best used during this period.

For the fuel transported through pipelines, insulation will help to protect the plumbing system from the severe winter temperatures and winds that might result in the crystallization and clogging.

2. Drain Your Irrigation System

The best approach is to turn off the water at the main valve for areas that do not need watering during the winter season. The next step is to drain your irrigation system off the water to prevent icing and bursting. Also, make sure that the valve is insulated to curb any damages.

This approach is especially helpful for landowners that will be away from their property in the colder months. Draining your system provides a worry-free solution for your irrigation while you are away.

Contact WP Law for more information and tips regarding your irrigation system.

4 Landscape Lighting Options That Will Radically Change Your Christmas Décor

Splash Omnimedia - Thursday, December 14, 2017
Christmas Decor

Christmas is the time to show your beautiful house and property at its best with a display of lighting that will dazzle your visitors and be the envy of your neighbors. Yet no matter how extensive and awe inspiring your outdoor Christmas display might be, it can be even more beautiful with the proper use and placing of modern landscape lighting.

Today's LED landscape lighting options can create effects that will surprise you, enhancing your Christmas display, and showcasing your home the rest of the year too. By utilizing low-voltage LED landscape lighting you can save money on your electric bill and create a display that is tailored to your taste.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Walk And Driveway Lighting

Create the effect of a winter wonderland with soft lighting along your walk ways using path lights. This will accentuate your holiday decor while making your home safer in slippery conditions.

Upward Shining Lights

Spotlight not only the trees and shrubs that you've decorated, but shine a heavenly glow through the branches of larger trees, creating a sublime effect. For most effective results use spotlights or well lights.

Fountain And Tree Accents

Accenting your fountains adds an extra glow to your home. If you have large tree, especially an evergreen, that could use some extra attention try placing two spotlights about halfway up the tree. Point one of the lights upwards and point the other down. This will create a dramatic, Christmas tree effect, that lasts year-round.

Let W.P. Law turn your home into a winter wonderland with landscape lighting for Christmas this year. Contact us today and let us show you how.

3 Basic Steps to Winterizing Your Pump  

WP Law - Thursday, November 23, 2017
Winter Pump

As the irrigation season comes to an end and winter approaches, now is the time to begin thinking about winterizing your irrigation system, especially your pump. Failure to do this critical maintenance now can lead to an unpleasant surprise in the spring with a damaged pump casing. Here are a few simple tips on preparing your pump for winter.

Turn Off Power

This is very easy. Go to your breaker box and turn off the breaker that supplies power to your pump. This is an important first step and will ensure that if the irrigation controller were to inadvertently call for the pump to turn on, it will not be able to. This prevents the pump from running dry and damaging the shaft seal.

Drain the Pump

At the lowest point on the pump casing there is usually a drain plug that can be removed to allow water to drain from the pump. You will need to remove this drain plug and the plug on the discharge side where you would normally add water to prime the pump. By removing the priming plug you allow air to enter the pump casing which will allow the water in the casing to drain faster. It is important to allow the casing to drain completely as it only takes about 1/4 inch of water in the bottom of the pump casing to freeze and crack the casing. Once the pump casing is empty, replace the drain plug and priming plug. Leave the drain plug loose enough to allow any condensation that develops in the pump casing to drain. It is not recommended to leave the plugs out completely as this allows insects and rodents looking for a winter home a place to enter the pump casing. You should also drain any exposed suction or discharge piping at this time as well.

Cover the Pump

Once the power has been turned off and the pump casing and exposed piping properly drained, now it's time to cover the pump. To protect the pump from the elements, now is a good time to install a pump cover. This can be anything from a home-made dog house type structure to realistic looking fake rocks. If you are planning on leaving the pump cover on your pump year-round, make sure that it provides adequate ventilation so that your pump doesn't overheat while it's running during the summer months.

Winterizing your pump is not a difficult task, but is something that if done properly will make your spring start-up easy. If you are in need of expert advice or need to purchase a pump cover, contact WP Law and we will be glad to assist you.

Ways to Extend the Life of Your Water Feature

WP Law - Thursday, August 24, 2017
Water feature

It has been said that water symbolizes life. Water has a natural rhythmic flow, just like life. The sound of flowing water from a beautiful water feature can bring us a sense of calm and peacefulness.

Let's explore 3 ways to extend the life of your water feature.

#1: Check the Filter

A clogged filter can cause your fountain to become an embarrassing buildup of debris. Consistent light maintenance can reduce the number of times your water feature requires a thorough cleaning, but the filter still needs to be checked regularly.

#2: Preventative Treatments

There are products on the market specifically designed to protect your fountain from stains and algae growth. Most of these are biodegradable and safe if your pet takes a taste.

Don't use bleach products to clean your fountain. These can corrode the outer layer of the fountain and can be harmful.

#3: Regular Refilling

You'll want to get into a routine of adding water periodically, based on the rate of evaporation for your area. If the water level gets too low, it can cause an unattractive ring where the water level used to be.

More importantly, if the water is too low and the water pump brings in air, this will affect the life of your pump. And you want moving water to prevent bacteria growth.


If you'd like professional help installing or maintaining your fountain, give us a call today. We'd be delighted to help you extend the life of your fountain!

4 Signs Your Pipes are Corroding

WP Law - Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Air Filter

Corrosion of water pipes is a common thing in any type of metal piping system. It is mainly caused by oxidation and the aging of pipes over time. Corroding water pipes can put your plumbing system at the risk of water leakages as well as contaminate your water, making it a recipe for health complications.

Here are the 4 common signs of corroding pipes that you need to be aware of:

1. Weird taste or smell in the water

Clean and fresh water is odorless and without a taste. However, oxidation, which is the leading cause of corrosion in water pipes, causes the water to take up too many minerals and therefore have some weird taste. Corroded copper pipes could make the water have a metallic taste while corroded lead pipes could make the water have a sweet taste.

2. Discoloration in the water

This is another major way to know if your pipes are corroding. The first water draw in the morning is the best indicator of whether there is discoloration. This is because as the water settles in the corroding pipes overnight, the particles become more concentrated. Corroded copper pipes give the water blue-green stains while iron and steel pipes give the water a reddish-brown color of rust.

3. Leakages

Corroding pipes are a major cause of leakages. Corrosion makes the pipes weak over time and if not checked in time, this could lead to pipe bursts.

4. Clogging in the pipes

Corrosion often results in the build-up of corroded particles within the pipes, causing them to narrow down and hence result in low water pressures. Clogged pipes are also a major reason for leakages and pipe bursts.

Watch out for these 4 signs and take precautionary measures early. Consult W. P. Law, Inc for any additional advice and guidance. An ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure!

Overhead and Drip Irrigation Serve Different Purposes

WP Law - Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Air Filter

No single method of irrigation meets all the needs of a commercial landscape. Usually a combination of overhead and drip systems is necessary for efficient watering of a large property, such as turf or a crop field.

Zoning and Timing

Sprinkler systems, which connect underground piping to sprinkler heads, are divided into zones. Automatic controls manage watering with minimum of labor on a set schedule for a limited amount of time in each zone.

Drip systems also are zoned and timed, but instead of using in-ground pop-up sprinklers, drip systems use tubing that is installed above ground and releases water gradually through tiny emitters at root level.

Differences and Advantages

Automated overhead watering is effective for uniformly distributing water over large areas, such as lawns. In contrast, drip irrigation works well for slow, deep watering of trees and landscape beds. It's also efficient for slopes where slow watering decreases erosion.

The programmable controls of an up-to-date sprinkler system make it easy to adapt a watering schedule quickly as conditions change. They also aid adjustments that may be required as weather patterns change and can be fitted for "smart" Internet-connected controls.

Two top concerns with overhead sprinkler systems are evaporative loss and the spread of foliar disease through too much watering of foliage and flowers. Both can be decreased by watering either early in the day.

Conversely, drip systems excel at conserving water and directing it where most needed. This targeted irrigation discourages weeds while encouraging root growth.

However, the spray of an overhead system shows exactly where water is landing, whereas a drip system requires close observation of plants to see if blockages are interfering with water distribution.

Options to Explore

Successful watering of most commercial properties combines overhead and drip irrigation. W.P. Law, Inc., provides a comprehensive range of irrigation products for commercial properties in agriculture and other industries. Please contact us today about how our options can meet your needs.

Where is a Multiport Ball Valve Typically Used?

WP Law - Thursday, May 04, 2017
Duo Pro dual-contained piping system

A fluid handling system has many different parts and operations that can be customized and controlled based on the individual needs it serves. One key element of many fluid handling systems is the multi-port ball valve. The multi-port is able to control fluids multi-directionally and also has a cutoff position, all in one valve.

Start and Stop the Flow of Fluid

A multi-port ball valve can control the access of fluid to various parts of the piping system. For example, if a system needs to add more hot water, the multi-port ball valve can be used to open flow to the hot water heater and add hot water to the line. Once enough hot water has been applied, the multi-port ball valve can cease flow again to control the temperature of the system.

Customize and Divert the Flow

Multi-port valves come in different materials, with multiple types of port configuration and end connections. This level of customization allows for complete control over any kind of fluid handling system. The most common kinds of multi-port valves are three- or four-way handlers. Many parts are interchangeable between models and are more cost-effective.

The more standard applications for multi-port ball valve include: • Mixing/blending line medias
• Diversion of Fluid flow to a new location
• Bypass heat exchanges, meters etc.
• Move fluid into or out of storage tanks
• Shut off flow from particular locations
Take control of your fluid handling system with the convenience of a multiport ball valve. If you're interested in upgrading or altering an existing fluid handling system, contact the local experts at WP Law, Inc. today!

What’s the Difference between PVC and CPVC Pipe?  

Marketing W. P. Law, Inc. - Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Duo Pro dual-contained piping system

Finding the perfect kind of pipe is important in ensuring a long-term plumbing and chemical management solution that will allow you to rest assured your pipes are built to last. There are two very popular kinds of pipe that are used for many projects: PVC and CPVC pipe. Understanding the difference between these pipes is vital, find out now!


PVC pipe is a widely recognized modern alternative to metal piping. It’s known as a low-cost solution with the strength, versatility, durability, and easy installation process to back its popularity. PVC is made of polyvinyl chloride, a widely used thermoplastic material that can be molded into different shapes.

CPVC is best described as a ‘cousin’ to PVC pipe. They share many common traits, such as basic material composition, but they shouldn’t be used interchangeably. CPVC is able to withstand a much wider range of temperatures than PVC pipe. This attribute means that many building codes require the use of CPVC instead of PVC.

Different Composition

PVC pipe is made of polyvinyl chloride which is unsafe when handling any temperatures above 140 degrees Fahrenheit. PVC is able to resist certain chemicals better than its cousin, which can affect your decision to install one versus the other. PVC is commonly used for unheated water such as for vent and drainage systems, cold water systems, and recreational use.

CPVC is altered by a free radical chlorination reaction that increases the chlorine content of the pipe. CPVC is able to safely handle higher temperatures than PVC, up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. CPVC is more suited for higher temperature water, and certain kinds of chemicals.

Cost Effective Solutions

PVC pipe is the cheaper, more common choice for many builders and companies. The material it is composed of and the wide range of uses it offers can sway many buyers towards the cost-efficient choice.

CPVC is more expensive than PVC pipe but can be used in more builds. It can handle higher temperatures and more chemicals. Compared to other kinds of pipe, CPVC is still a viable and smart choice for a pipe system.

For more information on commercial and residential types of piping in South Carolina, contact W. P. Law today!

The Benefits of Dual-Contained Piping Systems

WP Law - Monday, March 06, 2017
Duo Pro dual-contained piping system

There are several options to choose from when considering piping systems in commercial buildings and industrial processing plants. One of those options is called a dual-contained piping system. For those who might be unaware, a dual-contained piping system is used to move fluids that are either highly corrosive or potentially extremely harmful to the environment. This piping system has several benefits that everyone should keep in mind.

Dual-Contained Piping Systems Provide Safety Benefits

A dual-contained piping system piping system is essentially a pipe within a pipe. The primary purpose of this type of system is to provide a "back-up" piping system in the event that the primary piping system was to develop a leak. Most dual containment piping systems utilize what is known as a leak detector.  Leak detectors are sensors that are placed in the space that exists between the inner and outer pipes.  These sensors detect if fluid exists between the two pipes thus indicating a leak.  Leak detectors then notify maintenance personnel that a leak exists and the general location of the leak.  Maintenance personnel can then schedule a repair. Because the leak is contained within the external pipe, employees and the environment are protected from exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals.

A Dual-Contained Piping System Can Lower Costs

Companies that use highly corrosive or caustic chemical as a part of their manufacturing process can benefit greatly from the use of dual contained piping systems. By preventing exposure to the chemicals and the resulting lost time injuries, companies can potentially reduce their workman's compensation costs.

Anyone with questions or concerns should contact the experts at W.P. Law for more information. Count on our professionals to meet even the highest of consumer expectations.

How to Maximize Your Pump's Efficiency

WP Law - Monday, February 06, 2017

Whether you rely on a sump pump to keep your basement free of water, or a well pump to ensure your home's water supply is always on tap, you're likely interested in keeping your pump running smoothly for as long as possible. Pumps, like any other mechanical device that operates on a steady basis, do wear out and fail.  However, there are a few preventative measures and some warning signs that will let you know if trouble is on the horizon.

Monitor Pump Performance

Pay attention to the performance of your plumbing fixture performance in your home.  If the water pressure in your shower doesn’t seem as strong as it once was, or it seems to take longer for the bathtub to fill.  All of these issues could be symptomatic of reduced pump performance.  Of course there could be other reasons for these problems including a small leak, but taking time to check your pump is also a good idea

Keep Up With Maintenance

The best diagnostic tools you have are your eyes and your ears.  Listen to your pump operate.  If you hear mechanical noises that you have not heard previously, this could be an indicator of possible pump trouble.  Loud noise could be indicative of bearings failing, or even cavitation.  Also look for leaks around pump shafts and casings.  These leaks could be a sign of seal failure which if left unattended could cause motor and bearing failure.

For more ways to improve your pump's efficiency or troubleshoot some minor repairs, contact WP Law to speak to one of our experts today. We'll help you learn more about your pump's operation and track down any issues that could be impacting its function.

What Capabilities Should You Look for When Seeking Quality Metal Fabrication?

WP Law - Friday, January 20, 2017
Pipe Welding

Metal fabrication is an important part of designing numerous structures across a wide variety of industries. With this in mind, people need to make sure that they are receiving quality metal fabrication for the cost that they are investing. What are some of the most important factors to consider?

Who is Performing the Metal Fabrication?

The experience of the shop furnishing the metal fabrication is important. Make sure to ask about the industries that the metal fabrication business has served. Different industries have different requirements and people need to ensure that the needs of their business line up with the capabilities of the metal fabrication provider. For example, many people are in need of pump and filter piping fabrication. Choosing a company that has experience in piping and irrigation metalwork is key to a durable, reliable system.

How Durable is the Metal Fabrication?

Nobody wants to make repairs to a product or system before they have to. This means that the durability of the metal fabrication is important. Investigate the various options for metal fabrication and make sure that the proper metal is chosen for the job. Durability is important for both longevity and the budget. Many people invest in transition fittings and zee pipes that are subjected to large forces and a lot of wear and tear. Be sure to invest in materials that won't break prematurely.

What Kind of Maintenance is Required?

Maintenance is one of the many ongoing costs industries must face. Different metal fabrication jobs will have different maintenance needs. While this maintenance is important for ensuring the longevity of the project, it could also represent a large cost that the business should consider. Sprinkler stands, hydrants, and other aspects of irrigation systems require proper care just like any other piece of equipment. Invest in quality materials that will last with minimal routine maintenance.

For all of your fabrication needs, WP Law is there. Contact the experts in all things irrigation today!

Signs Your Building Needs Its Existing Piping Upgraded

WP Law - Friday, January 06, 2017
Building Pipes

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When people invest in a building for either residential or commercial purposes, they must think about the quality of the utilities. Utilities have important implications for both the safety and budget of a building’s upkeep. When it comes to plumbing, people should keep their eyes open for a few signs that indicate that the piping needs to be upgraded.

What have the water bills done recently?

One of the most common signs that the piping of a building needs to be upgraded is a dramatic increase in the water bill. As piping grows older and degrades, leaks start to develop. This means that water is leaking from the pipes without being used. This will be reflected as a rise in the utility bills.

Has the water changed in appearance?

Aging pipes have trouble retaining their surfacing. Older pipes were made with different materials that may start to flake off in the water as it degrades. This could discolor the water and has important implications for the safety of people using it. Keep an eye on the appearance of your water because it could signal a time for an upgrade in the pipe quality.

How is the water pressure?

Water pressure is another easy way to determine the quality of your building’s piping. If the water pressure is very weak, you could be looking at a leaking pipe and ultimately, a failing system. A leaky pipe means that some of the water coming to your faucets, showers, or toilets is being lost along the way, which can lead to bigger health risks such as mold or mildew.

When did the pipes go in?

Depending on the age of the building, the piping may have degraded over time. While modern pipes use PVC material, older buildings might have used copper, brass, iron, or galvanized steel. All of these have different lifespans and a good way to understand more about your building’s utilities is to contact a professional for more information.

Anyone with questions should contact WP Law with any questions or concerns regarding building quality and management.

The Best Uses for Dual Containment Piping Systems

WP Law - Thursday, August 04, 2016
Pipes stacked up

Dual containment piping systems offer an extra layer of protection in the transport of hazardous materials. These systems include a secondary pipe enclosed around the main piping system for added protection against breakage and leaking.

The EPA now mandates the use of dual containment piping systems for many types of materials transport. The goal is to avoid leaking of waste or hazardous substances into the environment while they are being transported.

Dual containment piping systems are made of high quality materials to ensure safety and long-lasting viability. High-density polyethylene plastic, polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene, and stainless steel are some of the most common materials used.

The Top Scenarios Where Dual Containment Piping Systems Should Be Used Include:

Wastewater treatment pipes- A dual containment piping system should be used where a waste water pipe come near a drinking water catchment area.

Hazardous waste landfills- Drainage from landfills for hazardous materials should be kept out of the environment via dual containment piping systems.

Remediation sites- The removal of contaminants or pollution from the soil, groundwater, sediment, or surface water is made safer through the use of dual containment piping.

Fuel storage and transport- Tank farms and fuel storage systems must conduct business in accordance with area safety regulations, and a dual containment system can be crucial.

Processing plants- Runoff or drainage from product or food processing plants must be disposed of safely, and dual containment piping offers an added layer of security.

Chemicals and acids- Dual containment piping systems should also be used in the transport of toxic chemicals and corrosive acids.

Toxic gas transport- Gases used in semiconductor manufacture or other processes should be transported with a dual containment system.

Dual containment piping systems are extensively tested during manufacture to ensure quality and viability. However, including a leak detection system within the dual containment piping can assist with becoming aware if a carrier pipe has become compromised.

Considerations such as pressurization of the lines, underground installations, the concentration of the material, space constraints, UV ray exposure, thermal expansion and contraction, environmental factors, and possible chemical combinations should all be considered when selecting a dual containment piping system.

If your company or government agency requires a dual containment piping system, contact W. P. Law, Inc. to learn about your best options.

How Can I Maximize The Efficiency Of My Pump?

WP Law - Thursday, June 02, 2016

If your pump runs inefficiently, it wastes energy, and you needlessly pay costly energy bills. Luckily, there are ways to make your pump run more efficiently. Are you doing these five things?

1. Using the Correct Size of Pump

Pumps come in a range of sizes, and you need to pick the size that best matches your needs. If your pump is too large, it will waste energy every time it runs, compared to using a smaller more efficient pump. In contrast, if the pump is too small, it will run constantly and waste energy.

2. Replacing Old Inefficient Pumps With Efficient Ones

Pumps come with different levels of efficiency built into them, and if you are using an older pump, it may not be as efficient as a new pump. Ideally, you want to replace old, inefficient pumps with new pumps that advertise premium efficiency.

3. Keeping Your Pump Clean

Occasionally debris and marine life can become stuck in the impeller vanes and reduce pump efficiency. To prevent all of these risks, periodically inspect the pump’s intake strainer to make sure it has not been damaged. If it is attached to a filter or a screen, change or clean those elements on a regular basis to avoid buildup of minerals or debris.

4. Maintaining Your Pump

Like most machinery, pumps require periodic maintenance if they are to perform reliably. Depending on what type of pumping equipment have will determine what maintenance needs to be performed. You should make sure that bearings are properly greased and belts are tensioned correctly as needed. If there are oil reservoirs on your pump, make sure that they are full and that the oil is clean. Some pumps require periodic adjustment of the impellers and packing glands. Impellers should also be checked for blockages, from time-to-time.

5. Adjusting and Maintaining Auxiliary Elements

In addition to ensuring your pump is as efficient as possible, you also have to keep an eye on the elements that work alongside of your pump. For example, if you have a pump as part of your irrigation system, you need to make sure that your sprinklers are releasing water correctly. If there are not, it could cause your pump to work overtime and waste energy.

Want more tips and ideas for getting your pump to work more efficiently? Contact W.P. Law. Our sales associates are well versed in pumps, saving energy and other important topics.

Advantages of Using Multi-Port Valve Blocks

WP Law - Thursday, April 07, 2016
Multi-port valve block

Multi-port or 3-way ball valves are found in a variety of fluid handling applications in wide range of industries. Multi-port valves are found in chemical and plating operations, the food and beverage industry, and in waste water treatment facilities just to name a few. These valves can be used in draining, cleaning, feeding, and distribution applications. The benefits of these products include a greatly simplified distribution system and reduced risk of leaks.

Applications and configurations

Multi-port ball valves are typically used in industrial fluid distribution applications. They can be used to mix two different fluids or to divert the flow of fluid from one direction to another. Other applications include use as sampling valves and drainage valves. The ball design in a multi-port ball valve usually has one of two common configurations, the “L” port or the “T” port. Some manufacturers such as Hayward Flow Control have as many as four ball configurations.

Multi-port valves can be equipped with a variety of features:

  • Electric or pneumatic actuation
  • Position indicators
  • Lockout/tag out capability
  • Multiple ball configurations
  • Multiple material of construction options

These are just some of the many advantages of multi-port valves. Contact us today for more information.

4 signs your lift station may need professional attention

WP Law - Thursday, March 17, 2016
Inspecting a Lift Station

In nearly all cases, lift stations work properly when regularly maintained by an experienced professional. Even when maintained, problems can arise, and if not dealt with properly and soon enough they can lead to significant and even long term problems. It is always best to contact a professional team for repairs, but some situations definitely warrant a call sooner rather than later. If you are having sewer related problems, it's best to call in the pros.

1. High Level Alarm

The most obvious sign that there is a problem with your lift station is the high level alarm sounding. High water level alarms produce an audible and visual (flashing light) signal that the water level in the sump is rising. This is usually an indication that the pump is not working at all or that it is not pumping at a high enough rate to keep up with the amount of water coming into the sump. If this happens, you may have a lack of power going to the tank. Check the breakers to determine the power is on. If this does not work, you may need to replace the flat switch for the pump.

2. You Have a Strong Odor

If you have a sewer odor, this is generally coming from the basement or from your sump outdoors and may warrant a call to a professional to determine the underlying problem. Odors from the bathroom should also be taken care of by a professional. Keep in mind these odors can signal problems with drains being blocked.

3. Sewer and Water Backups

Another common reason to call a professional is happens when there is a sewage or water backup. This typically occurs due to a blockage but can also be caused by a pump failure.

4. Drainage Is Slow

In most situations, drains provide an indication there is a problem. Over time, they slow down. This may not be noticeable at first, but it becomes noticeable as the problem worsens. You can troubleshoot here, but it is best to have a professional out instead.

You Need Immediate Help

Troubleshooting doesn't always work and takes time. For faster results, call a team of professionals instead especially if your system is complex.

Pump Repair Is Necessary

Pump repair and fabrication is often necessary when pump stations fail or become inefficient. Older systems are more commonly in need of a repair sooner. Do not put off such repairs. Instead, call the professionals out to help you immediately to get your pumps working the best they can. At W.P. Law, we can help you immediately.

Choosing valves for corrosive environments

WP Law - Thursday, March 03, 2016
Inside of a W.P. Law Location

Selecting the right type of valve for any project isn't always as easy as it may seem. There are a variety of factors that must be taken into consideration to ensure that the valve will provide years of uninterrupted service. Not only does the fluid passing through the valve need to be considered, but the environment in which the valve will be operating is equally important. Valves may operate in a variety of environments depending upon the application. Valves that operate in agricultural and construction environments typically only have to worry about the elements. However, some industrial valve application must operate in highly corrosive environments. These corrosive environments can limit some of the options for a valve’s components making the selection process difficult. So how do you make the correct valve selection? Here are some things to consider.

What Makes The Environment Corrosive?

The environment and the type of corrosion resistance required will vary from one project to the next. Is the corrosive environment caused by salt spray near the ocean, chlorine fumes in a commercial pool pump room, or acidic gases in a plating operation? These are just some of the examples of corrosive environments that valve must operate in. Know what is creating the corrosive environment is the first step in finding the proper valve. Many people immediately look at stainless steel as a solution. However, in many cases there are thermoplastic valves that are better suited and much more cost effective.

Functionality Matters

Aside from corrosive resistance, it is also important to consider the overall durability required of the valve. Impact resistance, fatigue strength, and UV resistance are all factors to consider as well. Metal valves may be better suited for applications where there is a high risk of physical damage.

Factors to Keep In Mind

When selecting valves for any application, consider the following:

  • What is the fluid flowing through the valve?
  • Is the valve in a corrosive environment?
  • What is the risk of physical damage?
  • What are my options? Metal vs. plastic.
  • Other factors that make the application unique.

Overall, each situation requires careful consideration of the application in which the valve will need to perform. To get the help you need in selecting the right product, contact W.P. Law, Inc.

Benefits of Digital vs. Analog Pressure Gauges

WP Law - Thursday, February 04, 2016
Pressure Gauges

There is a wide variety of pressure gauges that can be purchased for many applications. Some people prefer a digital gauge while others like an analog version of the pressure gauge. In order for you to know what gauge will work best for your application, here are some facts about digital and analog pressure gauges.

Digital Pressure Gauges

A digital pressure gauge can be used for any number of applications and have benefits that can make any job easier. A digital pressure gauge has many benefits.

  • Readings are easy to read and often appear fast on the screen.
  • Some gauges can include international measurements such as bar, psi, MPa, and many others.
  • Depending on the type of gauge, some readings can be held in memory until readings are recorded.
  • Precise measurements.
  • Some gauges come with lighted displays.
  • Easy to install.

Benefits of an Analog Gauge

Analog gauges offer advantages that may not be found with digital gauges.

  • Readings can be made quickly and accurately without having to stand at the gauge waiting for the reading.
  • The gauge provides an easy solution to applications that have large pressure changes.
  • Analog gauges tend to more affordable to help companies save money.
  • The analog gauge may be more durable in rough applications outdoors.
  • Easy installation.

The choice of which gauge to use for your application should not be a hard decision. By knowing what type of gauge offers the best solution you can know for certain which gauge is right for you. If you are looking to purchase a particular gauge or have questions regarding one that you currently use, then contact us today. At W.P. Law, Inc., we specialize in both digital and analog pressure gauges. We can help answer any questions that you may have.

3 Things to Know About Calibrating Your Flow Meter

WP Law - Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Flow Meter on Industrial Piping

When it comes to monitoring your system and keeping it running at peak performance there are few tools more valuable than an accurate and reliable flow meter. Flow meters as their name implies, measure the rate of flow of a fluid through a piping system. Flow meters come in a variety of materials and have many options some even allow remote monitoring of the system. Below are some things to consider when selecting, installing, and calibrating a flow meter.

  1. Proper Selection- When a flow meter is required, it is important that you choose the proper flow meter for your application. Questions that must be answered when selecting a flow meter include: Where will the flow meter be installed (vertical or horizontal)? What is the diameter of the pipe? What type of pipe (PVC, Steel, etc.)? What type of fluid will I be measuring (water or chemicals)? Are there any corrosion or temperature requirements? What is the expected flow rate? Is there a straight run of pipe requirement before and after the flow meter? All of these questions must be answered before you can choose a flow meter. Options such as a totalizer and the ability to communicate with a computer or mobile device are also things to consider when selecting a flow meter.
  2. Proper Installation- Once you have made your flow meter selection, now comes the most important part in the process, proper installation. Proper installation is critical if the flow meter is to give precise readings. Follow the flow meter manufacturer’s installation instructions to the letter. The main issues that the installation instructions will most likely point out is the “straight run” requirement. Most flow meters require a section of straight pipe upstream and downstream of the point where the flow meter will be installed. Typically this “straight run” requirement is described in terms of a certain number of pipe diameters. A typical straight run requirement would be six pipe diameters upstream and four pipe diameters downstream. So for example, if you had a 6-inch diameter pipe you would need 36 inches upstream and 24 inches downstream of the point where the flow meter will be installed. Most flow meter manufacturer’s will tell you to avoid areas where there is a turn or reduction/enlargement near where the flow meter is to be installed. Another issue that you need to be aware of is the position of the flow meter. Some flow meters can be installed either horizontally or vertically, while others may only be installed in one position or the other. Make sure that your flow meter is installed in the correct position.
  3. Proper Calibration- The good news is that most flow meters come from the factory pre-calibrated. These pre-calibrated meters, when installed correctly, are usually very accurate. Some digital flow meters will require the operator to enter a coefficient based on what type of pipe the flow meter is installed in (PVC or steel for example). These pipe coefficients take into account the difference in internal pipe diameter and the difference in the roughness of the pipe wall.

If you have any doubts while selecting, installing, or calibrating your flow meter, the sales team at W. P. Law, Inc. will be glad to assist you in any way.

Find the parts, tools, and equipment you need at W.P. Law, Inc.

What Are the Benefits of a Dry Pipe Valve System?

WP Law - Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Dry Pipe Valve System

A dry pipe valve system is often used in industrial and commercial fire sprinkler systems. This type of piping system fills the pipes with pressurized air or nitrogen instead of water. The air contains a remote valve, also known as a dry pipe valve, in a closed position. The dry pipe valve prevents water from entering the pipe until a fire causes one of the sprinklers to operate. If this occurs, then the valve releases the air, water flows into the pipe, and the sprinklers release the water onto the fire.

Advantages of a Dry Pipe Valve Sprinkler System

Dry valve sprinkler systems can be used in a variety of industrial and commercial buildings. Determining if this is the right sprinkler system for your building will require the help of a certified building inspector, fire chief, and your local fire regulations or standards. With this in mind, the dry pipe valve does offer a few advantages.

  • Dry pipe valve systems can be used in industrial or commercial spaces where the pipes aren't protected from freezing temperatures. Exposed garages, drive-through loading areas or docks, water-sensitive storage, unheated warehouses, garden or supply centers, cooler or freezer storage, and unconditioned attics are popular applications for a dry valve sprinkler system.
  • Dry valve sprinkler systems don't leave water sitting in pipes. When water is left in pipes it could cause rusting or other damage. Additionally, the lack of water in the pipes means that the pipes won't form condensation or drip. This characteristic is especially important in water-sensitive storage units or complexes.
  • The sprinkler system should be checked on an annual basis. Maintenance is conducted on an as-needed basis and is dependent on the condition of the pipes, dry pipe valve, and entire sprinkler system. As with any sprinkler system, it is important that the proper maintenance checks (and needed work) are completed on-time.

To learn more about the advantages of the dry pipe valve, as well as its applications within a sprinkler system, contact the experts at W.P. Law, Inc. For over 40 years W.P. Law has been providing building piping and sprinkler advice to businesses in the industrial and commercial spaces.

3 Signs your building needs its existing piping upgraded

WP Law - Thursday, December 03, 2015
Industrial Piping

Commercial plumbing woes can be costly problems that might have been avoided with the proper pipe maintenance program. Building age, a shifting or settling foundation, outdated or low-quality materials, and general wear-and-tear can cause major piping issues. To determine if your existing piping system should be replaced, we have gathered together the top three signs that it is time to say goodbye to your building's piping system.

3 Warning Signs That The Time To Your Replace Commercial Piping System Is Now

Are you constantly repairing some aspect of your commercial piping system? Below are three signs that you should say "goodbye" to your costly repair and maintenance efforts, and, instead, say "hello" to a new commercial piping system.

Sign 1) Faucet and Fixture Leaks Occur on a Weekly Basis.

When the doctor's office leasing your building's fifth floor fills out a maintenance request for a "leaky faucet" every week, it is time to explore replacing your existing piping system. Did you know that leaking fixtures and faucets can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water each year? These costly leaks are usually caused by worn out gaskets or other sealing mechanism failures. If left unattended they can destroy the surrounding area and potentially cause structural damage.

Sign 2) Water Temperature Issues.

Does the water spike between "boiling" hot to "freezing" cold? If so, then your building's water heater might be on its way out. Commercial water heaters need to be maintained and replaced on a regular basis. Failing to do so could cause your water heater to leak, or worse, explode!

Sign 3) Clogged Toilets and Drains.

Slow draining is typically the first sign that there is a clog in your piping system. Be on the lookout for toilets that require constant plunging; while backups are something that you never want to experience, they are a good warning sign for more serious piping issues. You should also be on the lookout for clogged drains, which can cause more extensive water damage.

Did you know that your pipes, fixtures, and toilets can silently leak throughout the day? Each year, your inefficient piping system might be wasting thousands of gallons of water, which equates to thousands of wasted dollars on your commercial water bill. To avoid these costly expenditures, make sure that any commercial piping and maintenance repairs are completed professionally and on time. When the time is right to replace your piping system, be sure to call the experts at W.P. Law, Inc. for help selecting your new commercial piping system. Since 1970 W.P. Law has been helping commercial buildings choose the best piping solutions to meet their needs.

What Role Does Welding Play In Maintaining a Sanitary Piping System?

WP Law - Thursday, November 05, 2015
Welding a Piping System

Welding plays an important role in properly maintaining a sanitary piping system. Strengthening joints, improving corrosion resistance, and enhancing piping structures are just a few of the benefits that proper welding techniques can achieve. In this vein, there are there are certain tactics that should be carefully employed when welding a pipe.

Important Factors To Consider When Welding A Sanitary Piping System

There are several important items that should be carefully considered before you begin the process of pipe maintenance or other welding activities. After all, a failure to properly weld a pipe can result in leaks, weaknesses, corrosion, and other costly mistakes.

  • Consider the importance of a clean environment. -- Welding pipes made from stainless steel will require you to use a dedicated set of brushes, files, and grinders. These tools should never touch carbon steel or aluminum. When it comes to welding and maintaining sanitary piping systems, cleanliness is critical. Trace elements of foreign materials can all too easily be incorporated into a weld joint. If these foreign materials are accidentally welded into the joint, then reduced strength and corrosion resistance might occur.
  • Use best practice welding techniques for optimized results. -- The welding process should only be completed by professionals whom are capable of achieving high-quality results. The actual act of welding will play a crucial role in the control of heat input and cooling, which directly correlates to the pipe's ability to withstand distortion and corrosion.
  • Monitor and actively combat the harmful effects of sensitization. -- Sensitization of a piping system occurs if there is an extensive loss of corrosion resistance. It is greatly affected by the temperatures at which the weld cools, as well as the filler metal and base material.

As seen in the above examples, welding plays a critical role in the maintenance of a sanitary piping system. A failure to conduct proper maintenance, or utilize best practice approaches to welding, can result in costly piping damages. For additional information and tips on maintaining sanitary piping systems, contact one of the experts at W.P. Law. For over 40 years, W.P. Law has been at the forefront for providing advanced piping maintenance solutions.

Can I retrofit my existing piping system to meet code?

WP Law - Thursday, October 22, 2015
Piping system

Retrofitting an existing piping system, is the act of fortifying or strengthening the piping system, so that it can perform well under normal to extreme conditions. This process is especially important in urban and industrial areas where pipes are used to transport waste, gas, oil, water, and other substances on a daily basis. Before you can consider retrofitting your existing piping system to meet new codes, you must first thoroughly understand the regulations, laws, and risks that are associated with the task.

Understanding Codes and Laws

Detailed technical guidelines must be followed when undertaking the assessment, retrofitting, and rehabilitation of pipes. In each urban, residential, and industrial zone there will be published guidelines regarding the standard of each piping system. The engineers and technicians whom are retrofitting your existing piping system must understand the area-specific guidelines, before work can begin. In addition, these individuals must remember that the focus of their work should be to:

  • Make structural improvements;
  • reduce the hazards that may occur due to extreme weather;
  • and meet the established codes for retrofitting any piping system in areas where seismic activity is prevalent or has recently occurred anywhere in the world.

Finally, the UBC, ASME, and National Hazard Reduction Program that was initiated by FEMA, all offer guidelines for the actual retrofitting process. These published guidelines are designed to prevent injury and loss of life.

Understanding the Risks

The main risks associated with retrofitting an existing pipe system involve the effects that seismic activities can have on pipes. If laws, codes, and guidelines are not followed then the results can all too easily become catastrophic. In addition, clearly defined processes, high-quality materials, and stringent standards must be maintained during the project. Retrofitted pipes must not give way during seismic events. In short, they need to be able to maintain their integrity no matter the weather activity.

In conclusion, you can retrofit your current piping system to meet new codes. However, before you can undertake this task, you and your team must first thoroughly review the laws, conditions, risks, and regulations surrounding the retrofitting process. Next, you must establish stringent project guidelines to ensure retrofitting success. Finally, you should use the highest-quality parts, like those provided by W.P. Law, Inc. Since 1970, W. P. Law has provided exceptional service, advice, and products to individuals in the industrial and commercial space. To learn more about the products needed to securely retrofit pipes, contact a member of the W. P. Law team today.

What’s the difference between a diaphragm and electrically actuated control valves?

WP Law - Thursday, September 24, 2015
A diaphragm valve on a pipe

A diaphragm valve and an electrically actuated control valve are two similar valves that have a few key differences. A diaphragm valve is a manual type of valve that is used within a closing device. In these instances, the diaphragm valve is responsible for isolating or blocking the flow of liquids. Generally speaking, diaphragm valves are used under low pressure and within a limited temperature operating range. With this in mind, they are a commonly chosen valve for regulating gases and liquids.

Contrary to a diaphragm valve, an electrically actuated control valve is not a manual valve. Rather, it is a valve that is powered by a motor. The motor converts electrical energy into a mechanical torque, which then opens or closes the valve (or in some cases, valves). The electrically actuated control valve is one of the highest torque operating valves because it relies on electric power rather than having a dependence on compressed air. The electric solution has a number of benefits.

  • It is a cost effective solution.
  • The electrically actuated control valve offers a wider variety of control-valve applications.
  • It can be successfully used within the chemical, petrochemical, power generation, and other process industries.

  • With these key differences in mind, it is important to note that both the diaphragm valve and the electrically actuated control valve are appropriate solutions. Determining when to use each type of valve will depend on the type of liquid or gas that you need to handle, as well as the industry that you work within. To learn more about the differences between a diaphragm valve and an electrically actuated control valve contact the experts at W.P. Law. The entire W.P. Law team is dedicated to providing valuable insights, services, and products to a multiplicity of industries. Contact a team member today to discover which valve is best suited for your unique set of requirements.

    Why would I want to use a recirculating water pump system?

    WP Law - Thursday, August 27, 2015

    Find out if this is the right choice for your business.


    A recirculating water pump system is designed so that hot water is readily available to users. It collects and recycles the water so that water wastage is reduced and user comfort is increased. With these benefits in mind, using a recirculating water pump system in a commercial setting, such as a hotel or office building, makes perfect sense.

    Added Benefits to Using a Recirculating Water Pump System

    On average a person will send between two to three gallons of water down the drain as they wait for the water to warm up. This wasted water can add up to thousands of gallons per person, per year. If you were to multiply this over the number of showers taken in a hotel during a year, the number would quickly rise to the millions. Water is also wasted when individuals wait for hot water to reach the sink's taps. In this vein, without a recirculating water pump system, millions of gallons of water are being sent down the drain, which equates to countless dollars being spent on wasted water.

    A typical plumbing solution is designed to pump water from the water heater up through the pipes and to the tap. When the tap is shut off, the water remaining in the pipes cools off; thus, when the hot water is next turned on, the tap is opened and cool water gushes out until the hot water can be pushed back up to the tap. A water recirculation system attaches the water heater through the hot water pipe. This simple solution causes hot water to constantly circulate through the pipes, so that water is delivered in a timely fashion. Additional benefits include:

    • Reduction in wasted water.
    • Reduced water bill.
    • Reduced water consumption per person, per year.
    • Improved hot water delivery.
    • Environmentally friendly water solution.

    In conclusion, a recirculating water pump system is both the economic and water-conscious decision that provides numerous benefits to hotels, office buildings, and other commercial businesses. To learn more about why you should install a recirculating water pump system, as well as what pump is best suited for your water needs, we invite you to contact a member of the W.P. Law team. W.P. Law, Inc. has been helping businesses implement water and plumbing solutions since 1970.

    What’s causing the pipes in my lift station to lose pressure?

    WP Law - Thursday, August 06, 2015

    Common Causes for Low Pressure

    Bursting water pipe

    A lift station is designed to pump wastewater from a lower to higher elevation. It is a particularly valuable solution when the elevation of the source does not provide a sufficient gravity flow for the wastewater. Wastewater cannot be properly transported when the pipes within the lift station lose pressure. If you have noticed that your pipes are losing pressure, then it is time for you to determine a few possible causes.

    Top Reasons Pipes Lose Pressure in Lift Stations

    From clogs to frozen pipes, these three reasons can help you discover why the pipes in your lift station are losing pressure.

    1. Clogs or deposits within the pipes.

    A clog will keep the wastewater from flowing freely, which will create a loss of pipe pressure. Waste deposits work in a similar fashion; they create blockages along the pipes, which can cause increased pressure on one side of the blockage and lower pressure on the other side. Rust, mineral, and algae deposits can also form along the pipes. To clear up this issue, try using a chemical substance to break apart the deposit.

    2. Broken pipes and valves.

    A broken pipe can cause an immediate drop in pressure. Similarly, a broken valve can keep the wastewater from flowing properly. Finally, you should make sure that your valves are set to the correct position, which will help them to work at a 100 percent efficiency level. Diagnosing and repairing these pump station issues can help you restore pressure levels, so that your pipes and lift station can work harmoniously.

    3. The pipes have become frozen.

    During the winter there is an increased likelihood that pipes will freeze. When a pipe freezes, it can expand and crack. The resulting expansion and cracks can cause leaks within the pipes, which can reduce the pressure needed to remove the wastewater. To ensure that your pipes don't freeze, remember to keep them well insulated during below freezing temperatures.

    Calling in the Experts

    If you have tried diagnosing the issue to no avail, then it might be time for you to contact the experts at W.P. Law, Inc. W.P. Law has been helping businesses install lift stations / pump stations since the 1970's. Our team of experts will help you to properly diagnose and resolve your low-pressure issues.

    What are peristaltic pumps best used for?

    WP Law - Thursday, July 23, 2015

    Is a Peristaltic Pump the Best Choice?

    water flow

    Throughout the past few years, peristaltic pumps have begun to become a popular choice amongst irrigation experts. The peristaltic pump is a versatile positive displacement pump that can handle a wide variety of fluids. From chemical materials to sludge removal, the peristaltic pump is a fantastic solution.

    How Does a Peristaltic Pump Work and What Are Its Best Uses?

    The peristaltic pump forces fluids to travel by producing waves that travel along flexible tubes or hoses. The tubing portion of the pump features a single rotating piece that uses rollers to squeeze an additional piece of synthetic elastomeric tubing. As the rollers pass, the tube opens to create a vacuum, which draws in the pumped fluid. This continuous cycle creates a positive displacement flow that inevitably pushes the fluid through the pump.

    Did you know that there are several benefits to using a peristaltic pump? Benefits include:

    • Low total life cycle cost (LCC).
    • Longer range technology.
    • Improved advances in tubing materials to enhance pumping capabilities

    Due to its versatile nature, the peristaltic pump can be successfully used within a number of industries, including:

    • Water
    • Wastewater removal
    • Mining
    • Food and beverage
    • Chemical
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Printing
    • Packaging

    When a peristaltic pump is used within the industrial liquid handling industries, it has been known to have several advantages over its pumping counterparts.

    • Ideal for use with abrasive liquids.
    • Gently pumps liquids, without allowing them to travel at the incorrect speed.
    • Vacuum support provides a constant volume capacity.
    • Resistant to dry running.
    • Cleaning is made easier with an unobstructed fluid flow.
    • The capacity of the pump can be regulated.
    • Easy operation, maintenance, and service keeps costs low.

    With all of these benefits in mind, it is easy to see why the peristaltic pump is such a popular choice amongst a wide variety of industries. If you are thinking about a new pump solution, please contact the experts at W.P. Law, Inc. The W.P. Law team will answer any questions and provide helpful guidance.

    How do I meet requirements for controlling water runoff at my business?

    WP Law - Thursday, June 25, 2015

    Solve drainage problems and meet water runoff requirements at your business by trying out these helpful tips.

    Water Runoff Piping

    Controlling runoff at businesses can become a challenge if you don't use the correct drainage and piping solutions. In addition, uncontrolled runoff from construction sites can negatively impact nearby rivers, lakes, and estuaries. Failing to properly control runoff can also result in the formation of stagnant water, growth of bacteria, and obstruction to traffic or pedestrian areas. To avoid these challenges, we have gathered together a few tips that will help you to meet requirements for controlling water runoff at your local business.

    Control Business Landscaping Water Runoff

    It is no secret that business lawn and landscape maintenance requires the use of large amounts of water. With this in mind, it is all too easy to forget to adjust watering systems in the presence of heavy rainfalls or drought-like conditions. In the former, excessive watering can lead to heavy runoffs; while the latter can cause fast-flowing water runoff due to the ground's inability to properly absorb the water. To combat these challenges and to meet water runoff requirements try the following landscaping tips:

    • Group plants together based on their watering needs.
    • Schedule lawn irrigation for the early morning hours to reduce water waste.
    • Install a drainage system to direct the water into the appropriate areas.
    • Use low-precipitation-rate sprinklers to more evenly distribute water and prevent runoff.

    Business Drainage Best Practices

    To help direct the water to where it needs to go, without causing excessive runoff scenarios, you should make sure that your soil is properly drained. Proper grading can reduce excessive runoff and erosion and attaching pipes to the building's gutters can better direct the flow of natural water. Keep in mind that there are specific regulations regarding what water can be directed towards the sewer systems. Make sure that you are up-to-date on your local government's regulations, before you implement a drainage system that relies on the sewer network. Additionally, water runoff should never be directed towards the street. If you notice that the water is draining towards the street, try adding a water collection mechanism, such as a Flo-Well to your business' gutters.

    Meeting Requirements for Business Water Runoff

    Understanding the regulations surrounding land use and waste disposal practices for businesses that are near water supply sources is essential when you are planning how to handle water runoff at your business. Contamination of a water source can result from point and non-point sources of pollution such as improper use and runoff of insecticides and herbicides. To avoid these contaminating instances, try using Flo-Wells to contain as much of the water onsite as possible.

    To learn more about how to meet the runoff requirements for your business, we invite you to contact us today! W. P. Law, Inc. proudly carries a complete line of drainage and piping materials that are designed to solve almost every drainage problem. From catch basins and channel drains to handle excess surface water to flo-wells W. P. Law, Inc. has the drainage solution for you.

    What kind of piping do I need to properly dispose of waste from my manufacturing plant?

    WP Law - Thursday, May 28, 2015

    Considerations when choosing industrial piping.

    Manufacturing Piping

    When you're running a manufacturing plant, it can seem as though there are more regulations than could possibly be followed, and because manufacturing covers such a diverse array of activities, the specifications for drain piping can be just as complicated. How do you select the proper piping to get waste out of your plant? Here are some considerations:

    What's going down the drain?

    The first thing to consider is what you're sending down the drain. Do you need to have separate disposal lines for particular items or does the waste need to be treated or diluted before going down the drain? Knowing what you're dealing with is the very first step in the process.

    Is it hot or cold?

    Some pipe materials, such as PVC and some other plastic piping, will not deal well with hot temperatures. Materials such as CPVC do handle high temperatures very well.

    Will it react with the pipes?

    Some metals will react badly with particular compounds, causing unintended chemical reactions, including those that can cause the pipe to fail early on. On the other hand, plastics will also react to certain substances. Knowing what chemicals are being used is also an important consideration.

    Will it corrode the pipes?

    Steel and iron are two metals we think of most often with regards to corrosion, but that process can be rapidly accelerated around particular compounds, including those that contain salt. As the metal oxidizes, it can create weak spots in the pipes.

    Is it under pressure?

    If you're having to force the waste out through a transfer pump, are the pipes rated for the pressures they may be operating under? If not, you could end up with a big mess on your hands in addition to liability and clean-up costs. With all these considerations, it's easy to see why many businesses count on companies like W. P. Law to take care of their drainpipe needs. We've been serving the industry in South Carolina for over 45 years and welcome the opportunity to help you with your piping questions and needs. Please contact us with any questions or concerns about your projects.

    How to Test if the Pumps in Your Lift Station Work Properly

    WP Law - Thursday, May 07, 2015

    When you're operating a lift station, having properly functioning pumps is vital to keeping things working.

    Lift Station

    But how do you test the pumps to make sure they're doing what they're supposed to? In this post, let's look at how to keep your lift station pumps operating at peak performance.

    Issues with measuring lift pumps

    Older lift stations often don't have equipment to measure the flow of liquids through the system. The problem is that without knowing these figures, it's very difficult to determine how much liquid a lift station is processing and whether it's keeping up with demand or if problems have developed that can cause the pumps to fail.

    Testing Options

    One effective way to get around a lack of flow meter equipment is by testing pump drawdown. By timing the drawdown of a set volume of liquid from a wet well, an estimate can be determined of how much liquid a pump is processing. Although this is a very simple method, it works well for equipment that has difficult accessibility issues that prevent the use of a clamp-on flowmeter.

    Avoiding System Problems

    Of course, the best way to keep your lift system pumps functioning properly is to provide regular inspections of your equipment. Setting up a regular inspection of your pumping equipment helps you stay on top of problems in your lift station and allows you to get pumps repaired before the problems become more serious and expensive.

    Taking Care of Pump Problems

    When you do find problems with meeting capacity in your lift station, taking care of the issue sooner rather than later can help minimize the expense of more extensive repairs later on. Older systems may need to have new parts fabricated due to a lack of available replacement parts, but you'll want to have these fabrications completed by a company that is experienced in repairing pumps so that they understand fluid dynamics and the demands of your system.

    If you find that your lift station pumps are in need of flow measuring equipment, repairs, or specialized fabrication to keep your station running, we're happy to help in any way we can. We offer a wide variety of services to industrial and municipal services, including highly specialized repairs and fabrication of hard-to-find parts. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about improving your lift station pumps.

    How Do I Optimize the Pumping System at My Plant?

    WP Law - Thursday, April 23, 2015

    When your manufacturing plant is operating and you're responsible for the pumping system's management, you know you need to keep everything working at optimal conditions.

    Pumping System

    But how do you get your system working at peak efficiency? Here are some great tips to help get you started:

    Boost Efficiency

    To start with, you'll want to boost efficiency in your plant. Are there any problem areas that could function better with upgrades? Systems with issues tend to lead to more problems as other parts of the system have to take up the slack. Fixing the problem areas helps head off issues in other parts of the pumping system.

    Track Effectiveness through Metering and Inspections

    Adding the ability to track your system's effectiveness helps you monitor when part of the system isn't performing as well as it should. Whether you're adding in flow meters or similar technology, tracking your system's performance helps you catch necessary repairs before they become big problems.

    Perform Necessary Maintenance

    By performing necessary maintenance on your equipment, it helps ensure that the components continue working effectively. If you don't already have a maintenance schedule written out, take a look at all your equipment manuals and write one out, with a checklist to help record your actions. When you have records of your maintenance tasks, it helps document what's been done if any warranty issues arise.

    See to Repairs Before They Cause More Problems

    If you come across any problems either during inspections or routine maintenance, you'll want to have them repaired as quickly as possible to keep your plant running smoothly. Unfortunately, getting parts for some pieces of equipment, especially rare or older equipment, can be a difficult proposition. If you can't get the parts, you'll need to have them fabricated by a company experienced in industrial or commercial systems.

    Now that you've reviewed ways to optimize your plant's system, why not put some of these ideas into action? Take a look at how your plant is operating, have necessary maintenance and inspections performed, see that repairs are made before they turn into serious problems, and your plant will operate better than ever. If you have any questions or need help in planning your system's improvements to optimize operations, please feel free to contact us. At W.P. Law, we're always happy to help you meet your plant's needs.

    How do I know what type of pipe valve I need?

    WP Law - Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Selecting the right pipe valve for your needs doesn’t have to be difficult.


    Valves are devices that direct, control, or otherwise regulate the flow of a fluid in a confined area. While there are several types of valves available for industrial use, all valves are responsible for opening, closing, or partially obstructing a passage. Choosing the correct valve for your industrial piping needs is a paramount choice that affects the safety, efficiency, and longevity of your piping solution.

    Types of Pipe Valves

    Choosing the correct pipe valve can be a little tricky if you don't know how the valves typically work. Below you will find some of the most common valves, as well as their general industrial uses.

    • Angle Valves - As the name suggests, these valves use an inlet and outlet at a 90 degree angle to conserve room and all for maximum flow.
    • Balancing Valves - The balancing valve is a mixing valve. It helps to maintain a constant water temperature by balancing the hot and cold lines. These valves can also accommodate for drops in pressure levels.
    • Drain Valves - This type of valve aids in the removal of surplus fluid from a system or container.
    • Needle Valves - Needle valves are small and very precise in their design. They are generally used to accurately regulate the flow of liquids and gases at low flow rates. These valves also offer a precise resistance to flow.
    • Pinch Valves - Pinch valves can be used in both an off/on manner, variable position, or as a throttling service. They effectively control the flow of both abrasives and corrosives to produce a streamlined flow.
    • Pressure Relief Valves - These valves are also known as safety valves. They are designed to relieve excess upstream pressure from within the line.
    • Safety Valves - A second type of safety valve is one that contains a thermal sensing component. This valve will open or close in response to temperature changes (as determined by pre-set conditions).
    • Vacuum Relief Valves - These automatic valves will open or close a vent to relieve a vacuum, depending on preset values. They are generally used in hot water supply systems.

    To learn more about what type of pipe valve is best-suited for your industrial piping needs, we invite you to contact us today! Our line of industrial valves features a multitude of valve types, as well as numerous brands. W. P. Law, Inc. proudly carries a complete line of pumps, pipe, valves, and fittings in a wide range of materials including PVC, CPVC, PVDF, HDPE, Black & Galvanized Steel, Aluminum, Brass, and Stainless Steel.

    How do I fix a wastewater backup at my facility?

    WP Law - Thursday, March 05, 2015

    Don’t let a wastewater backup problem put a stop to your workday activities.

    Connecting to Existing Sewage System

    No matter the ultimate goal of your company, one issue can cause major problems: a wastewater backup. Whether your building is open to the public or not, wastewater is unsanitary, unpleasant, and an issue you need to take care of quickly. If you have a small problem, you may be able to take care of the situation yourself. Here are a few steps to follow to contain a small wastewater backup issue.

    • Turn off electrical power – Before you do anything else, remove electrical power to the area. Wastewater is WATER and wires; machinery and other items can cause sparks and other issues if they are left “live” in this fluid.
    • Wear protective gear – Don’t enter the area without proper protective equipment. Gloves, heavy boots, a facemask, and goggles should be worn, at the very least.
    • Turn off water and stop flushing toilets – Any water flowing will make the issue worse. Prevent this from happening if at all possible.
    • Contain the problem by removing nearby dry materials.
    • Clear out and throw away sewage contaminated materials – This includes items such as carpet, furniture, books, and other un-cleanable products.
    • Fix the problem – If the problem is a small clog, you may be able to take care of it yourself using a plunger or toilet snake. A more significant problem may require you to call a plumber or fluid handling specialist.
    • Clean up thoroughly – Use antibacterial cleaner, such as bleach water or other specialized products to clean the space. When things look clean enough, clean some more. Make sure you have the windows open while you are doing this—to assure the chemicals don’t cause harm to you or others.
    • Maintain the space – Prevent future issues by seeking repairs or maintenance service. It’s easier to prevent wastewater backups than to deal with the cleanup and repair.

    If your wastewater issue is something that you do not think you can handle alone, contact W.P. Law for assistance? Our team of experts are your fluid handling professionals—helping you with all types of water and fluid related issues, including wastewater backup conditions. Call us or contact us online to learn more about the products and services we offer. We would love to help you get things under control.

    I’m expanding my warehouse. How can I connect to my existing sewage system?

    WP Law - Thursday, February 26, 2015

    Navigating the installation process for connecting to your sewage system doesn’t have to be so confusing.

    Connecting to Existing Sewage System

    Business expansions often mean making physical improvements to your property, as well. When your warehouses get bigger, this will usually include connecting your new space to your existing sewage system.

    Codes and Compliance

    First, ensure that you have the permits or approval needed to make the new connection. Contact the correct water and sewage company for your area to find out what forms, plans, and fees are needed to proceed. The forms and information can often be found on the utility website. WP Law has 45 years of experience dealing with municipal utilities, and can guide you through the process to ensure that you have everything that you need.

    The Right Connectors

    There are a few different connectors that can be used to connect to the existing sewer line. Each has a different purpose and works best in different scenarios. Branch junctions are among the simplest and cheapest ways to connect to an existing line. Oblique junctions come into the pipe at an angle. Square junctions attach with a soft curve.

    It's important to note that they cannot be accessed for cleaning, maintenance, and repair. These fittings should only be used with the addition of access fittings. Access chambers can be used for single connections. They can be used to a depth of 600mm.

    Installing the New Connection

    Both types of junctions can be inserted into the existing pipeline using either universal or sliding couplings. Sliding couplings do not have a central register, which allows them to slide right on to an existing pipe. Universal couplings have adjustable collars at each end of the coupling, which are tightened using clips. These are a good choice for awkward angles or when you are connecting two different types of pipe.

    Running New Lines

    Pipes will have to be run from your new expansion to the existing sewer system. It's important to ensure that you have the right pipe and risers to get the needed level of pressure. Testing to ensure that everything is working should be completed before any back filling over new pipes is done.

    WP Law can help ensure that your new installations and tie-ins to existing lines are safe, effective, and compliant with all local codes. Contact us today for a consultation on your next industrial sewer project.

    What type of piping material is best suited for my factory?

    WP Law - Monday, January 26, 2015

    Here's how to choose the right piping for your business.

    Stacks of pipes

    When it comes to piping for your factory, you need to make sure that you've picked the right material for the job. Sometimes more than one can be used for an application. Each of the major types -- industrial plastics like PVC, mild and stainless Steel, and aluminum -- have specific features that make them a better pick than the others for specific uses.

    Industrial Plastics/PVC

    PVC pipes are light, low maintenance, and low cost. They can be rigid or flexible with a plasticizer. This material is used for two-thirds of water distribution pipes and three-quarters of sanitation pipes. PVC pipe joints can be fused together, leaving them impervious to leaks. PVC does have limitations. For instance, it can be more prone to cracking in extreme cold situations.


    Aluminum's lightweight, strength, and resistance to corrosion make it a great choice for many construction applications. A softer metal than steel, it is easy to cut, weld, machine, and thread. There are a number of alloys of aluminum available for piping and tubes. Some offer better resistance to corrosion, while others feature easier cutting. Aluminum pipes can be used for irrigation and movement of fluids like oil. Corrosion can be an issue over time and in some applications where pipes will be exposed.

    Steel and Stainless Steel

    Steel is a highly durable material, which can make it the more desirable choice in many situations. It can be used for both water and sewage pipes. Structural steel pipes are used in a number of construction applications, such as handrails, fencing, and steel columns. The material handles heat well, making it a great choice for exhaust and chimney pipes.

    Stainless steel contains higher levels of chromium, which lead to its brighter finish and resistance to corrosion. The chromium forms a barrier against moisture, which means that stainless steel is much less likely to rust and corrode than mild steel or aluminum. The bright finish of polished stainless steel is a good aesthetic choice for exposed pipes. It also offers great protection against the elements.

    When looking at pipe choices for your factory, you will have to measure the strengths of each material against one another and against your specific priorities. By considering cost, ease of work, strength, and other factors, you can find the material that will serve your needs best.

    Looking for a more detailed overview? Contact WP Law today to arrange a no-obligation consultation.

    How to Take the Mystery Out of Systems Automation

    WP Law - Thursday, December 12, 2013

    Easily Tackle Systems Automation

    How to Take the Mystery Out of Systems Automation

    Systems automation saves you money and creates a more efficient way of doing business. You may have ignored it for quite a while now because your setup works well as-is. What happens when your key employees retire or move on? What happens when you're ready to sell and upgrading becomes an issue? There are hundreds of reasons switching to automated components makes sense right now, but the biggest benefits are simple to understand.

    Utilize Employees Better

    Businesses utilizing pumping and piping systems often have a few important employees at the helm. They've gotten to know the system. They know the kinks. They know the fixes. They know the best and worst times and ways to start up and shut things down. Eventually these people will want to retire or switch to positions where they aren't involved in such physical work.

    Take advantage of their expertise before they move on with the help of systems automation. Set up the best schedules for starting and stopping your operations, as well as checking various maintenance and performance points. Putting routines in the hands of computers cuts back on time you need people in the field.

    Work Away From the Field

    One of the best – and hardest – features to master about today's newest system automation programs is potential mobility. Control your processes from your computer, or through smart devices like mobile phones. This allows you to make necessary adjustments, run tests or schedule maintenance away from the office as well as away from work sites. It allows you the freedom you need to balance work with the rest of life's responsibilities.

    Discover the secrets to successful systems automation at

    The ABC's of Pump Stations

    WP Law - Thursday, December 05, 2013

    Pump Stations Simplified

    The ABC's of Pump Stations

    Pump stations are responsible for moving liquids from one place to another via a system of steel, copper, or plastic piping systems. They're used in a number of setups, from oil refineries to municipal water systems and power stations. Given the industry, subtle differences can lead to cost savings and max efficiency. Take, for instance, three of the most common uses:

    A. Water Systems

    Pump stations can be used to manage municipal water systems. These types of systems deal with constant upgrade demands, particularly in terms of environmental protection. New regulations often force redesigns or call for special measures to be put in place to protect water quality, shore erosion, and protect native wildlife.

    B. Sewage Systems

    System upgrades can allow a municipality to significantly lower costs without sacrificing on quality of service. This is especially important because of the complications of handling both solid and liquid material, including managing the risk for clogs.

    C. Chemicals, Gas, and Oil

    Automation is more helpful – and cost effective – in certain industries than in others. Companies dealing with harmful materials, natural gas or oil, need ways of identifying problems as soon as they happen. The latest developments into computerized pump station support provide safety in a wide range of otherwise risky situations.

    Each industry places its own requirements on equipment. Companies should assess the systems they have in place to ensure they're making the best investments in terms of both equipment and usage.

    Find out how to optimize your pump stations at

    The Evolution of Piping Systems

    WP Law - Monday, December 02, 2013

    Piping Systems Throughout History

    The Evolution of Piping Systems

    Piping systems keep modern industry working, but for such an essential part of operations, they're a fairly new invention. World War I created a high demand for fuels and other resources. A British company called Victory Pipe Joint Company developed pipelines with bolted couplings as a way of delivering these materials to the front.

    It wasn't long before the British company moved to New York City, changed its name to Victaulic, and began shipping their grooved and mechanic pipe couplings. Starting in 1925, these new technologies began showing their face in American oilfields, mining endeavors and municipal water and sewage systems.

    Over the next several decades, the following advancements made crafting and assembling industrial piping systems much easier:

    • Roll grooving
    • Copper grooved couplings
    • Bolted mechanical branch connects
    • Rigid grooved couplings
    • Grooved flow controls, suction diffusers and butterfly valves

    The industry has exploded, adapting itself to meet the needs of a never-ending list of businesses. Piping systems have also evolved to become significantly more efficient. The latest advancements have focused on installation-ready and anti-microbial products, spanning most industries. They've also slowly made the change from steel to copper and even plastic construction.

    These setups have gone from being used in the transportation of basic materials to literally every industry active in commerce. They're used to deliver process-related materials, as well as cooling agents and pressurized water and air needed to run machines properly. Piping is even used in sports for watering fields or courses and in stadium fire safety. Today, it's difficult to find a business without piping of some kind.

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    2 Things You Never Knew About Systems Automation

    WP Law - Monday, October 28, 2013

    Systems Automation – making life simpler

    2 Things You Never Knew About Systems Automation
    You have to love technology, especially when you see how positively it can affect your life sometimes. Systems automation is one such technology that everyone should love. Two features in particular make these systems almost mandatory: remote access and scalable aspect.

    Remote access allows you to access your systems automation from your desktop and potentially even from your smart phone. (That depends on your system and your phone.) Remote access allows you to manage all of your system features from just about any location. You can be inspecting crops in the field and make adjustments right there. That is the epitome of efficiency, and your efficiency plays a direct role in your bottom line.

    Scalable systems allow you to install your system once and then upgrade when it needs expand. This means less labor and less installation costs and time. Design ahead and give yourself the edge when it comes to choosing your systems automation unit. Many systems have a snap-in feature, which allows for the simple installation of more components without even needing a tool kit.

    Both of these features help to produce better efficiency, reduce costs, and increased production. This is why they are newsworthy. Everyone should know about these features, because they have such a positive impact on how you do your job. Managing a farm, ranch, or even a series of similar projects can now be handled by a single person without the need to drive all over the place. That is the beauty of systems automation.

    Want to simplify your life? Get the information you need regarding systems automation by contacting the experts at W. P. Law, Inc.

    The New Ways Pump Stations Are Improving Your Life

    WP Law - Thursday, October 17, 2013

    Cost, efficiency, and labor are all positively affected by the right pump station.

    The New Ways Pump Stations Are Improving Your Life
    Pumping stations can help you to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and decrease the amount of labor needed to manage your fluid handling needs. Things to consider are variable frequency drives (VFD’s) and programmable logic controllers (PLC’s) that help you micro-manage the performance of your pumping station.

    With recent technological advances in pump station design, pump stations are making it possible to expand farming and ranching practices into areas what have previously been difficult in which to farm or ranch.

    Control systems, for example, allow you to access your pump station and make system adjustments from your office. This tool allows you to adjust station performance to meet your needs while being able to extend the life-cycle of your pump station. Being able virtually to manage a pump station allows you to tie in maintenance with performance which helps you decrease labor.

    Smart control systems give you the power to manage your project in a cost effective ways such as forecasting repair and replacement costs, optimizing efficiency, and providing data for growth and expansion. All of those features from the convenience of your desk.

    Ready for a positive change? Visit the experts at W. P. Law, Inc. on the web at to find out everything you need to know about pump stations.

    Top 2 Things You Need to Know About Water Pump Stations

    WP Law - Monday, October 14, 2013

    Explore remote access and online controls – the latest in water pump stations

    Top 2 Things You Need to Know About Water Pump Stations
    Two features that help water pump stations shine a little brighter are remote access and online controls. Pump stations help to expand ranching and agriculture into areas where it is difficult to deliver water.

    But water pump stations do a lot more than just deliver water to hard-to-reach locations. They can also be used automatically to water livestock and crops. One of the more exciting features is the addition of remote access and online controls that really expand the role of pump stations to places that are difficult to access physically. Remote access and online controls allow operators to monitor and control the pump station from any point where that has cell phone or internet access.

    This flexibility allows the owner to make adjustments without having to physically visit the site, thus saving travel and labor costs.

    Ready to try the latest water pump station technologies? Visit W.P. Law, Inc. at

    Industrial Systems Automation: The Basics

    WP Law - Thursday, September 12, 2013

    Systems Automation for Industry

    Industrial Systems Automation: The Basics

    Automation is the ability to integrate machines, information technology, and control systems in a way that maximizes productivity. The major benefit of any automated systems is the consistency of results. By automating repetitive tasks, the results become more consistent and predictable, both of which lead to an increase in productivity.

    The use of Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) pumping systems can be designed and controlled to provide a wide range of flow and pressure options. By using touch screen interfaces, users can easily change the operating parameters on any control system.

    The System Automation Department at W. P. Law, Inc. has the knowledge and expertise to provide its customers with innovative control solutions. The possibilities are endless, and the outcome is completely customizable to fit your system. If you have questions about how industrial systems automation can help you, please call us.

    Consult WP Law for help integrating systems automation into your business.

    The Unconventional Guide to Commercial Fountains

    WP Law - Thursday, September 05, 2013

    Maintenance is the Key

    The Unconventional Guide to Commercial Fountains

    Commercial fountains are often “destination sites” within a city or municipality because they excite the senses, whether it is the visual display or the sound of rushing water, fountains are almost always a focal point. The difference between a fountain being a focal point or an eyesore is maintenance. A well-constructed fountain will have maintenance in mind. By installing screens to protect pumping equipment and filtration to ensure good water quality, monthly maintenance can usually be kept to cleaning and inspection. Here are four maintenance tips to keep your commercial fountain running smoothly.

    1. Proper water level: Maintaining proper depth in a fountain is an often overlooked item. Most fountains use an automatic fill valve to maintain the proper water level. A good maintenance program will include a monthly inspection of this device. If the automatic fill valve is not operating properly it should be replaced. Trying to manually maintain the proper water level is almost impossible. Some of the problems associated with improper water level include:

    Lights overheating – Most underwater lights must remain submerged or they will overheat.

    Nozzles not performing properly – Some fountain nozzles are designed to operate with water covering them. If the water level becomes too shallow this can affect their performance and the visual “show”.

    Pump problems – If the pump is located in the fountain pool itself, the pump can overheat if the water level becomes too shallow. Like underwater lights, submersible pumps depend on the surrounding water to keep them cool.

    2. Proper filtration: Maintaining good water quality is the most important factor in keeping fountain maintenance to a minimum. The best way to ensure good water quality is to have a high quality, dependable filtration system. Filtration systems remove many of the contaminates that cause algae growth.

    3. Intake Screens and Skimmers: intake screens and skimmers are found in the fountain pool itself and are used to trap large debris that finds its way into the fountain. These screens need to be cleaned regularly. Debris such as leaves, paper, and plastic bags can clog these intake screens and restrict water flow to the pump. If this blockage goes uncorrected damage to the pump can occur.

    4. Pump: The fountain pump is what makes everything go. Most pumps require very little maintenance as long as intake screens and skimmers are kept clean. Some fountain pumps use a basket strainer right at the pump suction inlet. This basket strainer should be cleaned and inspected monthly.

    Look to WP Law when buying or building a commercial fountain. We have extensive experience that will be invaluable to your fountain project.

    Three Different Ways to Use Commercial Fountains

    WP Law - Monday, July 29, 2013

    Considering commercial fountains for your business property?

    Three Different Ways to Use Commercial Fountains
    Commercial fountains can drastically elevate the atmosphere of a public space. Consider your options carefully, because while water features are abundant, not every water feature is right for every space.

    There are many uses for commercial fountains, from the practical to the decorative. For instance:

    1. Ornamentation. This is a very common use of commercial fountains; water features are seen as a symbol of luxury and indulgence. If this is the look you’re going for, invest in lighting. If you’re going to commission the design of a commercial fountain, it will undoubtedly become a defining aspect of the overall space it inhabits. You want to maximize the presence of a commercial fountain by ensuring that it can be seen at any hour, especially if there’s a high traffic flow through the space.

    2. Subtlety. Commercial fountains are also great for creating subliminal atmosphere. The sound of trickling waterfalls in the background of an office or courtyard creates undeniable ambiance.

    3. Practicality. Sometimes commercial water fountains serve a specific function, such as runoff management. But that doesn’t mean they can’t look good while they do it!

    Fountains come in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes. Be sure to consult an expert at WP Law, Inc. about customizing your commercial fountain:

    How Effective Are Wastewater Pump Stations?

    WP Law - Monday, June 17, 2013

    Gravity at work with your local wastewater pump station

    How Effective Are Wastewater Pump Stations?

    Wastewater pump stations, also known as pump lift stations, are used to move liquid waste from lower to higher elevation. This transfer then uses gravity to carry the wastewater material through sewer lines to a treatment facility.

    There are many segments that go into the construction of wastewater pump stations. An ineffective wastewater pump station will result in an environmental hazard and system backups. These can be avoided by investing in a licensed and reliable contracting team.

    Reinforced precast concrete is a common economical building material when fabricating pump lift stations due to its versatility. Pre-fabricated fiberglass pump stations are an economical choice due the fact that all of the pumping equipment is preinstalled. These light weight systems are easier to install requiring less labor and equipment.

    Systems automation and maintenance are essential to the durability of wastewater pump stations. While they are complex systems, their effectiveness has been proven in their repeated municipal and industrial applications.

    For more information on wastewater pump stations, ask the experts at W. P. Law, Inc.

    3 Things You Need To Know About Pump Lift Stations

    WP Law - Thursday, June 06, 2013

    Pump Lift Stations Keep Your Town Moving

    3 Things You Need To Know About Pump Lift Stations

    Investing in a pump lift station can be an essential part of keeping your municipal or industrial wastewater system operating efficiently and safely. Pump lift stations have a range of applications, but are typically an economical way of moving fluid materials from low to high ground and transferring liquid waste away to be processed. Typically pump lift stations pump wastewater or sewage to a higher elevation where it is transferred into a gravity flow sewage line.

    Flow rate, total dynamic head (TDH), materials of construction, and maintenance are critical considerations when designing pump lift stations. Flow rate and TDH also determines how much power the system will need.

    Pumps can be constructed of different materials depending on the individual component. Fabrication can incorporate steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and industrial plastics. Concrete is often used for underground structures.

    Sewage lift and waste transfer are tough conditions on the pump system. Maintenance is a usually a necessary expense. Don’t be tempted to cut costs with inferior materials or craftsmanship. Skilled pump station fabrication will result in a reliable and effective product.

    For more information on pump lift stations and customized fabrication, talk to the experts at W. P. Law, Inc.

    How to Run Sewer Pump Stations at a Baseball Stadium without Striking Out

    WP Law - Thursday, May 30, 2013

    Sewer pump stations at a baseball stadiums are important to both guest and player satisfaction.

    How to Run Sewer Pump Stations at a Baseball Stadium without Striking Out

    Let’s face it - one thing you do not want at a baseball stadium is a backed up or dysfunctional sewer pump station! Loud crowds and messy restroom areas are a sure bet you will miss the mark and lose the crowds. However, you can install and run sewer pump stations without striking out. Take a look at some of the options available for you.

    Submersible Non-Clog Stations
    These kinds of pumps have motors that are watertight since they operate underwater. They are capable of handling waste up to the size of a tennis ball, which is why it is called a non-clog station. Easily maintained without having to get into waste water, this type of station is often preferred by maintenance men. Not to mention, they are economical to run.

    Dry Pit Stations
    In this type of station, the pumps are located in a vault or dry-pit. The pumps in dry-pit pump stations are not submersed in sewage. These particular stations are located near a wet-well that is connected to sewage pumps via pipes. Sewage flows into the wet-well and is pumped into a forced main. This type of station is preferred by some because it does not require much in the way of repairs due to its lack of contact with sewage and it is easy to reach the parts for repair.

    If you’re in charge of a sports facility and need professional advice on installing and maintaining a sewer pump station there, contact W. P. Law, Inc.

    Can We Really Trust Sewage Pump Stations?

    WP Law - Monday, May 27, 2013

    Sewage pump stations have a lot of elements involved – here’s some insight on how reliable they are.

    Can We Really Trust Sewage Pump Stations?

    The first thing that must be considered is the structural integrity of the sewage pump station. When was it built? Who built it? What type of materials were used in the construction process?

    These are some extremely important questions that can point to the durability and dependability of the structure. There should be regular examinations to test the structural integrity of the plant.

    The quality of the sewage pump station equipment being used must also be considered. Many times cost is over-considered in lieu of quality and longevity. When this happens the rate of failure and compromise increases drastically. Regular and adequate maintenance can be considered a part of this particular issue. Often, oversight in maintenance accelerates the deterioration of the equipment, which will ultimately lead to the failure of that equipment and the compromise of the sewage infrastructure in general.

    One of the most important things that must be considered in this discussion is human involvement and human error. How competent are the people responsible for operating the pumping station? This question applies to the engineers who determine the capacity of the station on to the operators that are responsible for managing and operating the site. The experience of those operating the station plays a major role in how effective and safe that station is.

    So in answering the question of whether or not we can trust sewage pump stations, the answer is simply that it depends on the variables listed and the competence of the personnel involved. Each situation will be different, so it is up to us to learn as much about the stations near us in order to be aware and prepared.

    W. P. Law, Inc. has a long history of providing direction, product application recommendations, and supplies for sewage pump stations throughout the southeast. For more information on how we can help your municipality, contact us here:

    Industrial Strainers, What Type is Best?

    Terry Brady - Monday, March 25, 2013

    industrial strainers

    Industrial strainers help keep industrial processes running smoothly.

    Keeping debris from interfering with industrial processes and equipment is key issue for maintenance staff in many manufacturing plants. Industrial strainers can provide an economical and hassle free solution.

    A frequently asked question is what type of strainer should I use? The general rule of thumb is, if you can see the particles with the naked eye, then you most likely can use a strainer. If you cannot see the particles then you need a filter. For the purposes of this blog we will only discuss strainers. The two most common types of industrial strainers are the wye strainer and the basket-type strainer. We will take a look at both types of industrial strainers and look at the advantages and disadvantages of both.

    1. Wye Strainer: Wye strainers are very common and come in a variety of screen sizes and materials of construction. The finest recommended mesh size for most wye strainers is about 300 mesh. Many wye strainers do not have a mechanical seat allowing small particles can get around the screen. Wye strainers are less expensive than basket strainers and their small size allows them to be mounted in a variety of spaces and configurations.

    2. Basket Strainer: Basket strainers are work horses and are well suited for fluids with a lot of debris. Basket strainers typically have a greater surface area than the same size wye strainer and they are easier to service and clean. Basket strainers need to be installed horizontally and typically take up more space than wye strainers. Basket strainers are available in simplex and duplex configurations. A simplex configuration is a single basket strainer installed inline and like a wye strainer, flow must be stopped before opening the housing to clean the screen. A duplex configuration has two basket strainers installed in parallel with fluid flow only going through one strainer at a time. The duplex configuration allows the operator to divert flow from one strainer to the other, thus allowing the screen to be cleaned without disrupting flow. While basket strainers cost more their ease of operation and ability to be service without stopping the process makes them worth the extra investment.

    Regardless of the type of strainer you select, one thing to consider is the Cv Factor. The Cv Factor is the maximum flow through the strainer at 1 psi of pressure loss. Typically the higher the Cv rating on a strainer the better assuming you are comparing strainers with the same size mesh. The Cv Factor allows you to compare the different types of strainers as well as different manufacturers.

    Visit the industrial strainer experts at W.P. Law, Inc. for more information.


    Commercial Fountains for Parks and Playgrounds

    Flip Law - Thursday, August 02, 2012

    Commercial fountains add beauty and peace to parks and playgrounds.

    Commercial fountains at parks and playgrounds add beauty, focal points, and a place to gather. If there’s a water fountain, there will be people gathered around enjoying the peace and tranquility the sound of running water provides.

    There is a wide variety of fountains and water features available today that will bring value and enjoyment to your facility. Adding an interactive water feature that children can play in is a wonderful way to bring families to your park on hot summer days.

    A water feature offers a great place for friends and families to enjoy a picnic or simply sit and relax listening to the soothing sounds of trickling water. A water feature at a playground provides parents with a location to sit and enjoy watching their children play.

    The beauty and allure of a water feature will provide years of enjoyment for your surrounding community.

    The experts at W.P. Law, Inc. will work with you to create the perfect water feature for your park or playground. They have over 15 years of experience designing fountains, maintaining them, constructing them and repairing them.

    For more information about commercial fountains visit the professionals at W.P. Law, Inc.

    Commercial Fountains for Your Business Park

    Terry Brady - Monday, May 21, 2012

    Commercial fountains – If you build it they will come.

    Adding commercial fountains to your business park creates an inviting atmosphere that will draw people to you. Water fountains suggest success. When your customers enter your facility and they see your fountain, their first impression will be a good one. A water fountain is inviting and creates a comfort that your customers will find soothing.

    An indoor water feature in your waiting room offers a welcoming environment and will help relax your customers while they wait for their appointment. You can create a peaceful setting that they can enjoy.

    In addition to pleasing your customers the soothing sound of water flowing offers your employees a place to escape the tensions of their day and unwind.

    If your Business Park or facility doesn’t have a fountain, consider adding one to increase the value of the property and ultimately draw more customers to help increase your bottom line.

    There are countless varieties available for you to choose from or you can have one custom designed to fit your specific needs and budget.

    Contact the experts at W. P. Law, Inc. now to create the perfect commercial fountain that will enhance and add beauty to your business park. Visit W.P. Law Inc.




    Commercial Fountains: Add style to your business landscaping

    Terry Brady - Thursday, May 10, 2012

    Commercial fountains on your business site will draw the customers in while branding your business a success.

    As a business owner you pay thousands of dollars each year in marketing to build a powerful brand to set you apart from your competition.  A lot of emphasis is put on creating the impression that you are a leader in your particular industry. From creating an eye catching logo, to your customer service, what consumers think of when they see your name is all part of your branding.

    Have you ever thought about using your office site as a branding tool?  Creating a warm and welcoming business property can also help you stand out in the crowd. Commercial fountains can help create an enjoyable atmosphere for your customers. The running water offers a soothing and relaxing environment that tends to draw people in. Customers and clients will enjoy visiting your location.

    A beautiful fountain will also give off the appearance of success. For some business owners your office can be the first exposure a client has to you. You want to make sure you make a first good impression. A water fountain will help create a positive impression.

    For more information about installing a water fountain on your business property contact the experts at W. P. Law, Inc.

    Sewer Pump Stations - The Value They Bring to Your Community

    Flip Law - Wednesday, April 25, 2012

    Sewer pump stations in your community help keep the water flowing clean and healthy.

    sewer pump stationsSewer pump stations play a necessary role in the cleaning of our country’s water supply. Without these stations we would not have enough fresh water to meet our needs. Our clean water supply is rapidly depleting and the need for treatment plants and pump stations is vital to our survival.

    When the wastewater is flushed from your home it is moved through a series of underground pipes and carried into the treatment plant where it will go through a process to remove the sewage and clean and purify the water.

    During the solids separation and purification process the water is transferred throughout the treatment plant as it is being processed. Once the treatment process is finished, it is released back into the lakes and bodies of water that supply your community with water. Purifying wastewater for use in the community is vital for providing us with clean water and without the pump stations it would not be possible. Without this process we would quickly run out of fresh, clean water to use.

    For more about wastewater pump stations and the parts and supplies they require, contact the experts at W.P. Law, Inc.

    Sewage Pump Stations FAQ's

    Terry Brady - Sunday, April 22, 2012

    Sewage pump stations are a key component in providing the clean and healthy water we depend on for life.

    sewage pump stationSewage pump stations play a vital role our country’s water supply. Without the pump stations, wastewater could not be moved to the treatment facilities to be cleaned and purified for reuse.

    Most people take clean, fresh water for granted. We never give a thought to all that goes into making it happen. Here are some interesting and common questions you might have about sewage pump stations:

    What is a sewage pump station? A sewage pump station pumps wastewater through a series of underground pipes into the sewage treatment plants where the waste is removed and the water is cleaned and purified. Once the purification process is complete, pump stations are used to discharge the water back into the community for reuse.

    What is remote monitoring? Remote monitoring is the system that is used to monitor the conditions at the treatment facility. The system sends reports back to the operator through the internet with water pressure, basin levels, and temperature readings as well as other important statistics to warn of any potential problems.

    Where does the processed water go? Once the wastewater is cleaned and purified it is pumped back into our lakes, rivers and other bodies of water to be released back into the community.

    To find out more facts about sewage pump stations contact the professionals at W. P. Law, Inc.

    Duct Piping for Chemical Applications

    - Monday, March 12, 2012
    Duct Piping for Chemical Applications

    In industrial processes there are many fumes, gases, and fluids that need to be exhausted or drained from the application process.

    Chemical resistant PVC or CPVC duct is a good choice for most applications and temperatures. For more aggressive chemicals fiberglass FRP, PP, or PVDF duct piping may be considered.

    Duct piping systems in PVC and CPVC material are light weight making handling and installation easier. Custom rectangular and square Duct can be fabricated in sizes 6” up to 30”.  Round PVC and CPVC duct material are available in sizes up to 60”. Scrubbers and hoods are also available in various materials.

    Thermoplastic duct exhaust systems have a longer service life when compared to metal in the same corrosive environment.


    Karen Smith

    Industrial Sales

    Water Park Pumps

    - Wednesday, February 29, 2012
    Water Park Pumps

        Recently I went to a water park here in SC to examine the pumps that run the lazy river water feature as well as the pumps that operate the water slides and various other water features throughout the water park.  The primary focus was on the lazy river water pumps.  These particular pumps circulate water throughout the park creating that river effect for people to enjoy floating around the water park.  Lazy river pumps are generally just centrifugal pumps that recirculate water in the man made channel and boost water pressure to make that churning effect of being on a river.  


    These pumps operate with virtually no elevation difference and the only back pressure on the pump is generated by the discharge openings in the channel.  When installing these pumps always remember to install a throttling valve on the discharge side of these pumps.  Never install a throttling valve on the suction side of a pump as this just creates cavitation problems and will eventually destroy the impeller and the bearings in the pump.  This is a common mistake a lot of people make so don’t let this happen to you. 


    Installing a throttling valve on the discharge side of your lazy river water pump will allow you to control the flow to keep the pump from overworking itself.  This throttling effect actually causes the pump motor to run at a lower amperage thus increasing motor life and saving energy.  It also keeps the pump from having suction cavitation issues from moving too much water.  A third and final advantage to installing a throttling valve on your lazy river water pump is it increases the velocity of the water exiting your piping which increases the flow through the channel thus making the lazy river more effective.   

    -Chris Ham

    Industrial Sales
    WP Law Inc

    Thermoplastic Solution for Compressed Air Piping Corrosion Problems

    - Sunday, May 22, 2011

    In the air line environment, there can be condensate and moisture that would cause most metal systems to scale, pit or corrode. The result could be pressure drop and damage to sensitive equipment.


    The choice of thermoplastics would give you a smooth bore and corrosion resistance in a moist or corrosive environment. Asahi-America’s Air-Pro compressed air piping system is constructed specifically for compressed air. The specially-engineered HDPE resin is an extremely ductile material that will expand at the point of failure and tear open without explosive fragments. The system is rated for an operating pressure of 230 psi. This plastic is also chemically resistant to synthetic and mineral oils used by compressors; the other available thermoplastic (ABS) marketed for pressurized air has experienced failures because of this and at least one of theproducts (the bright green one) has been taken off the market  There is, however, an adapter available in the Asahi Air-Pro line that would easily transition the obsolete system to an Air-Pro system.


    Please note that PVC Schedule 40 or 80 should NEVER be used for air lines. PVC is a brittle thermoplastic and under air  pressure, any failure can cause, and has caused shards of plastic to be propelled through the air and cause damage, severe injury or death.

    Karen Smith
    W.P. Law Inc.

    Choosing the Proper Pipe Support System in a Corrosive Environment

    - Friday, February 25, 2011

    So, you’ve sized your pipe, and chosen the material to meet your chemical and temperature needs.  Have you considered if an acidic atmosphere in the area might corrode the piping support system?


    Installation of Aickinstrut  non-metallic channel and hangers should be considered for environments where Unistrut metallic strut systems may not be compatible. Some of the applications for consideration include chemical plants, wastewater treatment plants, aquariums, theme parks, desalination plants, underground vaults and other corrosive environments.

    Aickinstrut non-metallic channel is offered in extruded PVC for an excellent chemical resistance product.  Also available is pultruded polyester and vinylester that contains multiple strands of glass filament to create a product of strength with chemical and temperature resistance.


    Materials should be chosen to meet or exceed temperature and chemical resistance.  As a general guideline, extruded PVC channel has a temperature rating -25F to 130F.  Pultruded polyester and vinylester channel have a temperature rating -35F to 200F. As chemicals vary, chemical resistance charts  need to be consulted for the proper material for your specific application.


    You may contact your local W.P. Law representative for more information on choosing the proper pipe support system.

    Valve Selection

    Cameron Huntley - Monday, January 31, 2011
    Industrial Valve Selection

    Valve selection for your fluid handling system depends on several application factors.  First, you need to specify how you need to control the system.  You must determine whether  you need an on/off, modulating, pressure relief/regulator, or backflow prevention valve.  You may also choose to manually operate the valve or leave the control to automation.  Electric and pneumatic actuation may be required for remote operation.

    The chemical resistance of thermoplastic valves should be carefully selected for the best performance in your particular application.  For example: 98% sulfuric acid would not be recommended for use in a PVC valve.  The better option would be PVDF in this high concentration.  Lower concentrations of sulfuric acid would be suitable for PVC. 

    There are a variety of elastomers to choose from with varying  chemical resistance and temperature ratings.  PTFE, EPDM, FKM, TFE, Viton, and nitrile are a few of the choices that are offered.  For example: a sodium hydroxide application would require EPDM elastomer, whereas Viton would not be compatible.

    With the vast selection of thermoplastics available, finding the one that matches your chemical resistance and temperature range needs is very important.  PVC is normally used in temperature ranges up to 140 degrees F.  Polypropylene and PVDF can be used with temperatures ranging from 195 to 250 degrees F.  Each manufacturer has information specific to their products' compatibility for your specific application.  Please feel free to contact one of our W. P. Law Inc. Industrial representatives with your valve selection questions.

    - Karen Smith
      W.P. Law Inc.

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