How It Works

Help When You Need It

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  • When your water fails, it is incredibly debilitating to your home life.
  • Water is such an integral part of our lives that when we don’t have it, it is such a challenge to resume normal life.
  • The sooner your home can be up and running again following a disaster, the better.
  • In my time working in the water well industry, I found that nearly 99% of customers had no prior knowledge of wells nor water development.
  • They readily admitted that before dreaming of owning their own piece of undeveloped paradise they took water for granted; water came from faucets.
  • Educating each family was my job. I’m almost certain I’ve encountered and answered every conceivable question related to getting water from deep underground.

A Sound Solution

  • Wells and submersible pump systems are major investments, as any rural dweller can attest. It makes no sense to me to mount a permanent backup pump to complete that investment with a cheaply built short term system.
  • A pump with limited depth capability would also have limited use nationwide.
  • The seals and mechanical advantage of a high quality hand pump would have to handle depths down to 300ft. and still deliver enough volume to make sense in an emergency.

Building a Quality Hand Well Pump

  • One frequent request went unfulfilled until 2012, when the Storm Pump arrived on the scene.
  • Customers, now understanding that their water delivery now required electricity, wanted me to recommend a hand pump as emergency backup for their regular electric submersible pump system.
  • I had never found a hand pump that I would recommend, possibly because I am demanding, because every pump on the market failed to meet my requirements.

The Logistics of the Pump

  • Contrary to popular belief, a hand pump does not have to reach the bottom of your well.  It simply has to reach the water in the “static column”, the water standing in the well.
  • The “static water level” is measured from ground surface down to the top of the standing (static) water.
  • We connected the Storm Pump to an electric motor, set the pressure at discharge at 100 psi, and with a counter attached, turned it on.
  •   250,000 pump strokes later it was still holding 100 psi after the equivalent of more than 26,000 gallons of water from a hand pump.
  • We decided that was enough and we ship a spare set of seals with each pump for more ambitious folk.

The Final Product

  • The final pump that we created pumps 8.5 gpm, delivers 100 psi, and will fit in any standard drilled well with the existing submersible system in place.
  • The Storm Pump is frost and weatherproof, requires no lubrication, and delivers from 300ft.
  • We engineered the pump head to be built with heavy stainless steel channel and crafted it to allow for easy installation without a hoist truck.
  • We believe that this is what an emergency backup hand pump system should deliver and are proud to offer it to the water well community.