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Choosing a Utility Pump

Utility pumps are designed to move water quickly and efficiently from one place to another. Utility pumps aren't designed to be permanently installed. They are meant for temporary use, only when needed. They are commonly used to remove water from:

  • Window wells
  • Rooftops
  • Any area that is temporarily flooded
  • Waterbeds
  • Fishtanks
  • Swimming pools
  • Clogged sinks
  • Bathtubs

When deciding on a utility pump to fit your needs, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself before choosing one:

  • What will the pump be used for?
  • What is your budget?
  • How long do you need the pump to last?
  • How much water do you need to pump?
  • How quickly do you need to move the water?

There are two main types of utility pumps available, submersible and non-submersible.

Submersible Utility Pumps
Submersible utility pumps, otherwise known as drainer pumps, are designed to operate while completely under water. Submersible utility pumps are great for larger and/or deeper pumping projects. This style of pump is only meant to pump mostly clean water that doesn’t contain debris.

Non-Submersible Utility Pumps
Non-submersible utility pumps are not designed to be submerged in water. This type of pump moves water through hoses from one location to the other. While non-submersible utility pumps can’t move large volumes of water like a submersible utility pump, they are great for smaller household projects.

Utility Pump Specifications
Some things to take into consideration when deciding on a utility pump are:

  • What the pump is made of
  • Gallons per hour (GPH) the pump can move
  • Horsepower (HP)
  • Maximum suction lift

Utility Pump Material
If you want a pump that will get the job done, but but doesn’t cost a lot, consider a thermoplastic utility pump. Thermoplastic is a relatively new, heavy-duty material that lasts for years. If you want a utility pump that is more durable, consider a pump made of steel or aluminum.

Gallons Per Hour (GPH)
Choose a pump that moves water at the required speed. To determine how quickly a utility pump can move water, look at the GPH and figure out whether the amount is sufficient for your needs. For example, if you need to drain a swimming pool and you know the pool contains 6,000 gallons of water, using a pump with a GPH of 810 will take about 7 ½ hours to drain. You could cut that time in half by choosing a utility pump with a higher GPH.

The greater the horsepower (HP), the more pressure you can get from your pump. If you need more pressure, choose a utility pump with more horsepower. If pressure is not a factor in your decision, consider saving money on a utility pump with less horsepower.

Maximum Suction Lift
The maximum suction lift is the height the pump can lift water. For example, if you need to move water from a water source whose elevation is 10 feet below where the pump will be, make sure you get a utility pump that can pull water up that far. Water is heavy, and only a few feet in elevation change can make a big difference in the performance of your water pump. Pay attention to the maximum suction lift when choosing a pump to make sure it will fit your needs.

FaucetDepot carries a large selection of durable and long lasting utility pumps at the best prices around. We are one of the top retailers of utility pumps from the finest manufacturers in the industry including Little Giant, Zoeller and Beckson Industrial, to name only a few. Our utility pumps will hold their finish and stand up to the most rigorous usage for years to come.

Little Giant Utility Pumps
Zoeller Utility Pumps