In the world of construction inspection, things will sometimes go wrong, that’s the nature of the beast. If the pumps in your facility go down, figuring out the problem and getting back online can cost you valuable time.

We provide construction inspections and, over time, we’ve learned a couple of useful tricks. Keep reading for 5 things to keep in mind when the pump starts causing problems.

  1. This may sound obvious, but it’s tough to solve a problem if you’re sitting in your office. A degree of troubleshooting does involve computer work, but a larger percentage is being in the field. If you can look, listen, smell, and touch what’s going on, your odds of success will jump up.
  2. Don’t wait to get data, try to collect as much information as you can as fast as you can. You’re better off having too much info and having to sift through to find what matters instead of too little and missing a crucial piece of the puzzle.
  3. One of the best ways to solve a problem is to watch what happens when equipment is either disassembled or moved. You’re likely to notice things and ask questions particularly if it’s a piece of equipment you’re unfamiliar with.
  4. Continuous data collection systems can be a boon when it comes to spotting recurring trends.  If you can view historical trends of numerous variables, such as temperatures, flow rates, and the like, you’ll be able to spot patterns and things that deviate from the norm.
  5. It turns out kids are smarter than adults, since they’ll continue to ask “Why?” until they get an answer that satisfies them. Keep asking questions until you can’t any longer, then you’ll be able to find the root cause of the problem.