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Diaphragm Pump Troubleshooting

Also known as membrane pumps, diaphragm pumps are positive displacement pumps. They make combinational use of flap, butterfly, check or any kinds of shut-off valves and thermoplastic, rubber or Teflon reciprocating actions to pump fluids for transfer. The self-priming nature of diaphragm pumps renders them ideal for pumping viscous fluids. They can be powered by air, manually, electric power, hydraulics or even engines.


Types of Diaphragm Pumps

Diaphragm pumps come in three major forms:

  • The first kind of diaphragm is sealed. These diaphragms have one side dipped in the fluid to be transferred and the other in hydraulic fluid or air. Its flexing either increases or decreases the pump chamber’s volume. They make use of non-return check valves to ensure reverse fluid flow doesn’t occur.
  • The second type of diaphragm isn’t sealed, meaning fluid is pumped on both ends. When flexed, the pump chamber’s volume either increases or decreases.
  • The third type of diaphragm is based on volumetric positive displacement. In these diaphragms, electro-mechanical prime movers are used. Just like handles or levels, these diaphragms work through geared motor drives, cranks or even pure mechanics. Easy mechanical actions are used to flex the diaphragm with one side open to air.

Despite the type of diaphragm pump in use, when the chamber’s volume increases, indicated by movement of the diaphragm upwards, the pressure drops and fluid drawn into it. When the diaphragm moves down as a result of decreasing volume and diaphragm pump maximum discharge pressure level reached, the fluid drawn into the chamber is forced out. If the diaphragm moves up again and fluid drawn, the cycle completes. This works just like the internal combustion of engine of cylinders.

A hermetic seal is used to link the compression chamber with the drive diaphragm pump mechanism. This ensures that diaphragm pumps compress, transfer and remove fluids without the use of a lubricant or need for maintenance. They also work under different temperature and pressure.

When diaphragm pumps fail, the machines they support stop working. The end result for any company is reduced production, leading to lost revenue. However, if quick action is taken to solve the problems, such losses can be prevented, if not minimized.

Our Customers

We serve a range of customers in the manufacturing industries or businesses with production lines. Maintenance supervisors, maintenance technicians, industrial plant owners, purchasing agents, plant managers, maintenance managers, and maintenance planners make up the majority of our diaphragm pump troubleshooting customers.

Why the Need for Our Diaphragm Pump Troubleshooting Services

Diaphragm pumps generally handle more solids and contaminants than other types of pumps (like centrifugal pumps). They can transfer wastes laden with debris, sticks, slurry, sugar, residuals of food processing, clay pharmaceuticals, stones, mud, refinery waste, oil sludge, liquids, industrial fluids etc.

You need our diaphragm pumps repair services if your company utilizes membrane pumps to transfer any of the above named elements and your pump is:

  • Not working
  • Clogged
  • Leaking
  • Slow


We work on many industrial diaphragm pump brands, including the following:

  • Sandpiper
  • ARO

Industries We Serve

We serve many industries with diaphragm pumps at the core of their machine operations and production lines. Some of these industries include:

  • The pharmaceuticals industry
  • The Logistics industry
  • The Food industry
  • General manufacturing industries
  • The Automotive industries

What Makes Our Diaphragm Pump Troubleshooting Services Unique

Our air diaphragm pump troubleshooting services are unique from the competition because we offer full service, including repair, modification and replacement of industrial diaphragm pumps. We also sell parts in-house such as diaphragm pump suction lifts, making IMS a one-stop-solution for all your industrial membrane pump needs. Moreover, we’ve got extensive experience in troubleshooting diaphragm pump failure causes.

With many years of experience, we understand industrial diaphragm pumps. We have a great background troubleshooting and servicing diaphragm pumps. We’re experienced in servicing various pumps. We know which types of pump to use for which applications.

What’s more, we troubleshoot EVERYTHING related to diaphragm pumps such as valves, fluid chambers, hydraulics, etc.

Why Our Diaphragm Pump Troubleshooting Services are Trusted

We know the OSHA rules and regulations, ensuring that our services don’t just meet, but surpass them for the best outcomes. What’s more, we’ve repaired a lot of diaphragm pumps in different industries where our customers run large complex machines and production lines.

We install, repair, and troubleshoot this equipment.  This gives us a deep understanding of the equipment’s configurations and capabilities. All our industrial diaphragm pump failure modes troubleshooting, repairs, modifications or replacement services and pump installations are tested to ensure they meet factory specifications and industry standards before we leave a job.

We have more than 60 years of combined experience working on production line machinery. This has earned us a good reputation as a trustworthy company. We’re also cost-effective and it’s our desire to get you up and running as quickly as possible.

Moreover, many of our customers have been working with us since IMS was originally started in 1994. We believe this is a testament to the quality and dependability of the service that we provide. This has seen our customers return for the same services, giving us repeat business.

The experience, customer loyalty and our ability to troubleshoot varied pump types that meet the facility’s diaphragm pump flow control requirements make IMS a trustworthy brand.

Why Choose Us

This service is unique from the competition because we offer unmatched timely diaphragm pump troubleshooting, installations, repairs, modifications and replacement services accompanied with exceptional customer service and after-repair-services.  It’s our quality services, industry experience worth decades, an experienced team of pump experts and a pool of state-of-the-art modern equipment, machinery and parts that set us apart from our competition.

We can partner and work together long-term to ensure that your fluid flow control equipment works effectively and in case of problems, get the bad components replaced or repaired as soon as possible, or get your new plant’s diaphragm pumps working as per your specifications. We assure you of quality services to meet your needs and great outcomes to keep you happy. After all, your happiness is our happiness and so is your success.

As such, your needs and happiness comes first. Therefore, we do what’s within our powers to provide industrial pumping solutions tailored to meet your unique needs. We are here for you.

We offer full service, including troubleshooting, repair, installation, replacement and modification of your pumps. We do diaphragm pump flow rate calculation in-house, so we’re truly a one-stop-shop for all your flow control needs.

Are you experiencing diaphragm pump problems?

Call IMS today to help you find solutions for your diaphragm pump pressure output issues.

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