Getting an Idea of What Type of Submersible Pump You Need

Unwanted water can be a nuisance in many ways, both in domestic and industrial settings. For this reason, it has to be moved to a more desirable location, where it won’t be a safety and environmental hazard. One way to move unwanted water from one place to another is with a pump. There are several types of pumps, all designed for a specific use, however, the versatility and ability to pump water out from larger depths make submersible pumps popular.

Unlike majority of other pumps, these devices can be placed directly into the water and can be used for lots of different activities both indoors and outdoors. Their rugged construction prevents damages to the engine and their sturdiness provides reliable protection against water.

Submersible Pump

There are a few different submersible pump types, but they all work in the same way. They feature a suction opening which they take water through. Next, the water is pumped to a higher location through a hose. However, there are also some differences between models which are designed to serve a specific purpose, or move a specific type of water (dirty water, clean water, well water). So when buying one, make sure you look at its intended purpose and area of use.

Pumps that are designed for clean water, can deal with rain water for instance, which they collect in a tank or rainwater barrel, and then pump it to another container or even use it as means to water your garden with a hose. These pumps also find a lot of use in case of a flood or a water main break. They can easily remove water from a flooded basement and prevent damage to your home.

It’s important you see how much debris or dirt there is in the water before you use a clean water pump so you can be sure it can handle it. If the water does contain debris, dirt or silt, then you’re better off with getting a pump suited for such purpose. Pumps for dirty water can also be used to clean out septic and sewage systems. However, even if the pump you’re looking at is classified for the job, you still need to check the max grain size it can work with.

Some technical details to look out for when shopping are:

  • maximum discharge head
  • discharge rate
  • suction depth
  • connecting hose size

The maximum discharge head is the distance the pump can push out the water measured in height. The discharge rate is how much water the pump can move in a minute or an hour. The suction depth is the water level at which the device is able to operate. And the connecting hose size is the size of the hose the pump can accept.

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