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FAQ on Pump Service and Repairs

My water pump is making strange noises. Should I be concerned?

If your pump is making unusual noises, like grinding, you should contact us for repair as soon as possible. If caught early, many problems can be fixed, but if left unaddressed, you may end up with a damaged pump that can’t be repaired.

Do pumps need regular maintenance?

Like all machinery with moving parts, pumps need regular maintenance. When Simonds Machinery Co. does maintenance, we check the system, oil and lubricate moving parts, and do any needed pump service & repairs. We also offer a maintenance program that provides regular calls from our tech so you can have peace of mind that your pump will always be in good condition.

What should I do if my pump won’t turn on at all?

First, check to be sure you have power to your pump. Once you can verify that you’ve got power, if your pump still won’t turn on, contact us to schedule a service call.

Will flushing feminine hygiene products clog a sewage pump?

Anything other than bodily waste and toilet tissue has the potential to clog a sewage pump. It’s best not to flush anything other than those items, as any other materials can clog the system.

How is retrofitting different from repair?

When your system is retrofitted, it’s essentially a refresh of the system that only replaces some of the parts, with the goal of improving overall system performance. Pump retrofitting retains the components that are still in good condition, while old or malfunctioning parts are replaced. In contrast, repair addresses a specific part or function that needs to be restored to working order. In some instances, we may recommend retrofitting if repair is insufficient to solve the problem.

FAQ on Pump Sales

What types of pumps are available from Simonds Machinery Co.?

We handle a wide variety of systems for many industries, offering pumps like:

  • Centrifugal systems
  • Container pumps
  • Drum pumps
  • Submersible pumps
  • Industrial water pumps
  • High-pressure water pumps
  • Commercial water pumps
  • Sump pumps
  • Booster pumps
  • Sewer pumps, both pressure, and gravity
  • Food handling pumps
  • Chemical pumps
  • Pumps for pharmaceuticals and biotech

We make a point of working with only the best brands available, like Ampco, Barnes, Burks, Deming, FE Myers, ShinMaywa, and Weinman.

Are all sewage pumps alike?

Sewage pumps have evolved over the years, especially as waste has changed to include “flushable” wipes and other hard-to-handle solids. Sewage pumps come in a variety of configurations to handle these items: chopper and grinder pumps, recessed impeller pumps, single-vane, and two-vane impeller pumps, and the new scroll impeller. Our team can help you pick the best sewage pump for your needs.

Is a sump pump the same as a sewage ejector pump?

These two pumps are not the same. A sump pump is designed to move clean water out of low-lying areas, while a sewage ejector pump’s purpose is to remove solid waste.

What areas of California are serviced by Simonds Machinery Co.?

We provide service to Northern and Southern California. Our Northern California location is in San Francisco, and our Southern California office is in Westminster.

Can I buy parts and accessories from Simonds Machinery Co.?

We carry OEM parts and accessories, including gaskets, seal cover plates, and bearings. We’re an authorized dealer for leading manufacturers and we keep a range of parts and accessories on the shelf.

FAQ on Custom Solutions

Do you work with residential customers?

We work with residential customers as well as commercial customers.

What kinds of custom solutions do you offer?

We can work with you on wastewater lift stations, pressure booster systems, portable pump carts, and custom control panels. Beyond these systems, our team of experts can help you design any kind of custom solution you need.

Do you offer any online services to support custom designs?

We provide online collaboration, selection and estimating software, design element assistance, and free quotes. Our team is dedicated to providing superior customer service, and we’re happy to work with you in person, online, or a mix of the two.

Contact Simonds Machinery Co.


When you need experienced, professional services, you can count on Simonds Machinery Co. We can help with installation, repair, and retrofitting, and we provide custom solutions as well. Contact us to learn more about the services we provide or to request a free quote.

Call us today for your free quote.
(650) 589-9900