Specialty Water Pump Buyer's Guide: 4 Types

Specialty Water Pump Buyer's Guide: 4 Types

How to Pick the Perfect Specialty Water Pump

By  | Water Pump Product Expert

Water pumps do the same basic function, but they're not all the same. We'll show you four tasks that call for a specialty water pump.


For best results, always get a water pump intended for the specific task at hand. We carry several types of specialty pumps to move water, even in less than traditional situations.



Pool Cover Pump

Pool Cover Pumps

Pool cover pumps do exactly what you might guess - remove water from pool covers. Pool covers can be very expensive so you want to do everything possible to keep yours in top shape. Look for a pool cover pump with a float switch because it will shut off automatically when there is no more water to pump.


Another feature to look for is a skimmer base, which keeps the suction away from the pool cover, further protecting your investment. Also, a garden hose connector is nice so you don't have to buy a discharge hose.


Sprinkler Pump

Sprinkler Pumps

Sprinkler pumps are used to pump water from alternative sources to landscape sprinklers. Instead of using city water, save money by pumping water from a pond or lake to irrigate your lawn. Look for a self-priming model, which will save you time to get the pump going. Gallons per minute (GPM) will determine how fast you can get the job done.


A higher GPM will work faster. One of the best benefits of using a sprinkler pump is you can operate more than one sprinkler head at a time.


Drill Pump

Drill Pumps

Drill pumps are used with electric or cordless drills to drain sinks or other equipment, such as washing machines. There is an inlet valve, a discharge valve and a part to attach to the drill. You can connect a garden hose to the discharge valve so you don't need to buy an expensive discharge hose.


The drill spins the impeller creating centrifugal force, sucking out standing water to drain clogged sinks and other items.


Condensate Pump

Condensate Pumps

Condensate pumps are used to deal with condensation created by home air conditioners and mini-splits. In the hot summer, air conditioner coils produce a lot of condensation as they release moisture captured in the hot and humid air as it cools. This is especially problematic if you do not have a floor drain nearby.


You hook the condensate pump up to the drain valve on the HVAC unit. Then you connect a discharge hose to the pump. When the 2-quart reservoir on the pump starts to fill, it will kick on and pump the water away from your air conditioner.