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How to Prime a Utility Pump

utility pump

Many non-submersible utility pumps are self-primed. If you place the intake hose into the water and turn on the pump, water should begin to flow within five minutes. If this does not happen, then you may need to prime the pump.

You will need the following items to prime a utility pump:

  • Utility pump
  • Intake hose and pump filter
  • Discharge hose
  • Bucket of clean water

Follow these steps to prime a utility pump.

Attach the Hoses

  • Use a 1/2" or larger reinforced inlet hose. Make sure it is less than 10' above the water source and less than 25' away from the water source.
  • Make sure neither the inlet filter nor the hose is blocked by any type of debris.
  • Attach the filter and the hose to the pump inlet. Tighten it firmly to prevent leaks.
  • The discharge hose should not be longer than 25'. Attach the discharge hose to the discharge outlet and tighten firmly.

Prime the Intake and Start Pump

  • If the intake hose is longer than 6', fill the hose with clean water.
  • Put the hose into the water source and immediately turn on the pump. Water should flow out of the pump within five minutes. If this does not happen, repeat the first and second steps.
  • If water still does not flow out within five minutes, you could have air leaks in the intake hose, or you may need to move the pump closer to the water source.