Water Pump Buying Guide

Why Do You Need a Water Pump?

Water pumps are a useful tool for a variety of residential, light commercial and agricultural tasks. A water pump is ideal for:

  • Draining water from a basement.
  • Draining and filling your swimming pool, pond, or hot tub.
  • Draining shallow flooded areas.
  • Irrigation purposes for agricultural or lawn sprinkling.
  • Distributing fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Various other tasks including construction purposes.

How Do I Choose The Right Water Pump For My Needs?

When shopping for a water pump there are various items to consider. All water pumps are measured in discharge capacity (GPM), vertical suction lift, and maximum head lift.

GPM Discharge Capacity is the rate of speed that water flows from the source to the discharge point, measured in gallons per minute. It provides the power to move water quickly.

Vertical Suction Lift is the vertical distance from the water source to the pump. This is important for draining a basement or deep pond.

Maximum Head Lift is the total height from the source of the water to the destination or drainage point. This provides the power to move water over a distance.

What Types of Pumps Are Available

Transfer/Clear Water Pumps - Transfer pumps are ideal for draining your hot tub or garden pond. In addition, they can be used to drain shallow flooded areas and for lawn sprinkling. These types of pumps are made for clear water pumping and should be free of debris; although they can handle small solids up to .25 inch.

Semi-Solid Pumps - Semi-solid pumps tend to have similar characteristics to transfer pumps except that they are able to handle small solids of .25 to .75 inch. Semi-solid pumps are best suited for draining your pool or removing water from your basement.

Trash Pumps - Trash pumps are able to pass solids from .75 to 2 inches and are used for commercial and agricultural use. Typically these pumps are used for irrigation, to drain small flooded areas or utilized on a construction site.

High-Pressure Pumps - High-pressure pumps are designed to provide higher pressure at lower volumes. This is ideal for agricultural and hobby farm markets due to this type of pump's ability to move water over long distances.