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Submersible Water Pump Buyer's Guide: 2 Kinds to Know

How to Pick the Perfect Submersible Water Pump

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Submersible pumps come in two styles: Utility and Trash Pumps.

The type of water you'll be moving will determine which type of pump you need.

If you're just removing water, a utility pump will work.

But if you need to move water with solids, debris or sand in it, go with a trash pump.



Submersible Utility Pumps
Utility PumpUtility pumps can remove standing water, empty clogged sinks, or drain window wells and swimming pools. The inlet size will tell you how quickly you can remove the water. The more water the pump can take at a time, the faster it can disperse it.

Utility pumps with a float switch makes the use more automatic, as the float will kick the pump on and off so you don't have to watch it. Depending on your application and time involved in the project a float switch can be a real life saver.

If you need to remove water with debris and solids in it, get a trash pump instead.




Submersible Trash Pumps
Submersible trash PumpIf your home gets flooded and the water has a lot of sand, silt, and debris in it, a normal utility pump won't work for long - that's a job for a trash pump.

Using a heavy duty impeller, the centrifugal force shoots the water and debris out of the pump.

These pumps are more expensive than utility pumps, but are essential if you need to remove dirty water. This most often is the result of river or ocean related flooding.

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