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Self Priming Pump Guide

Guide To: Self-Priming Pumps

Self-priming pumps are required if a pump is required to be located above the level of the liquid to be pumped.


What is a Self-Priming Pump?

A Self-Priming Pump removes air from the suction pipe before continuing with standard operating. This is often required when a pump is installed above the fluid that will be pumped, for example, above a storage tank, because the suction lift from the tank will be full of air from when the pump was last shut down.


Which pumps from our range are Self-Priming?

We have 3 pump series within our range that have self-priming capabilities:

Self-Priming Centrifugal Pump:

We can supply Self-Priming Centrifugal Pumps for either industrial or hygienic applications. The pumps are very similar to the standard Centrifugal Pump range, but come with a Self-Priming chamber which holds enough liquid for the level inside the casing to cover the impeller. This ensures that the pump can self-prime upon start up and will then allow the pump to operate like a standard Centrifugal Pump. A Centrifugal Pump will not be able to self-prime if the impeller is not flooded. The pumps in this range can create up to 4.5m suction lift and are ATEX rated.

Self-Priming Centrifugal Pump

Self-Priming Centrifugal Pump


Our Industrial Self-Priming Centrifugal Pump is ideal for liquids with some solids, water, mild chemicals, solvents and highly aerated fluids.

The Hygienic Self-Priming Centrifugal Pump is fully FDA approved meaning it is suitable for products such as flavourings, alcohol, edible oils, or juice.

Diaphragm Pump:

We also distribute a whole range of Air Operated Diaphragm Pumps available in a variety of materials and options including, Metal, PTFE, HDPE, Low Energy and Sanitary.

Diaphragm Pump

Diaphragm Pump


The Diaphragm Pumps we offer can self-prime up to 5m from dry (8m from a wetted pipe). Diaphragm Pumps are a fantastic option for self-priming applications because they can pull high volumes of fluid, as well as being able to dry run without causing damage to the pump, meaning that AODs are useful for emptying tanks. The suction capability of your Diaphragm Pump will depend on the size of pump that you purchase but all of them can be installed above fluid. We can supply AOD pumps with a suction pipe that has been designed for easy manoeuvrability with handles that can be moved between drums.

Peristaltic Pump:

Peristaltic Pumps have the highest self-priming capability in our range and are able to achieve up to 9.8m. The roller or shoe design of the pump compresses the hose, which is the only component of a Peristaltic Pump that comes into contact with the liquid. When the hose is compressed, it creates a vacuum from the inlet port which generates the high suction lift.

Peristaltic Pump

Peristaltic Pump


A Peristaltic Pump can dry run indefinitely and the rotation of the rollers creates a constant vacuum; together this means that the pump can self-prime immediately from start up without the need to have a flooded suction, like a Centrifugal Pump. These features also allow Peristaltic Pumps to be used for emptying tanks, as well as transferring, metering and dosing applications.



At TS Pumps we specialise in the supply and service of industrial pumps and systems into key industries and markets, so if this pump isn’t quite right for you, you can read more about our full range of pumps here or contact our team today to discuss your business requirements.

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