Water Pump Buyer's Guide

Water Pump Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Water Pump

By  | Water Pump Product Expert

When it rains, it pours! And when your home floods, what are you going to do? Well, with a water pump you can easily get all the water out and get your life back to normal.

For moving large amounts of water from one place (a basement) to another (outside), water pumps are the best defense.

Electric Water Pump

Electric-Powered Water Pumps

Electric-powered water pumps are great for indoor use. Most are 120V, capable of being plugged into a standard household outlet. If you opt for the 230V variety, make sure you have the electrical wiring to support it.

Although not as powerful as gas-powered models, electric water pumps will require less maintenance as you won't have to worry about oil changes and other upkeep. You'll need to operate these within an extension cord's length from an electrical source so if you have mobile pumping needs, go with a gas-powered model.

Gas Water Pump

Gas-Powered Water Pumps

Gas-powered water pumps are commonly found at job-sites and farms for irrigation purposes. With powerful engines in-tow, these pumps can move as much as 750 gallons of water per minute (GPM). If you need to move a lot of water, like a flooded basement, a gas-powered dewatering pump is exactly what you need.

Typically, GPM is the number that will determine your purchase as this relates to how quickly a pump can get its job done. For occasional home use, you can get by with a 30 GPM pump, but for big jobs, you'll need something with more muscle. Important: Gas-powered pumps produce carbon monoxide emissions, they must be used outdoors.

For pumping out a basement, you'll need a hose kit that allows you to place the pump outdoors while using a suction hose and strainer remotely.